UNESCO World Heritage-listed Portovenere castle

UNESCO World Heritage-listed Portovenere castle

Precariously clinging to the southern stub of the Levante Riviera, Portovenere is a splurge of colour, the kind of town that makes people come over all painterly – terracotta and yellow houses stretch out alongside the little pleasure port, their green window shutters framing laundry drying in the Ligurian sun. The waterfront promenade is shaded by trees and cafe awnings, and the hills behind rise abruptly, a castle guarding the by-land entrance to the town. And it’s by land that is the perfect approach to Porto Venere, a ridge-top traverse running down from the Cinque Terre through pine forest and contouring along spectacular coastal cliffs. A quiet, memorable route with a beautiful journey’s end.

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