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Portovenere

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  • Day8

    Ausspannen in Porto Venere

    August 22, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Heute mal statt Sightseeing Sommer, Sonne und Meer genießen und das kleine Dörfchen besichtigen ☀️🏖

  • Day22

    San Pietro Church, Portovenere

    September 20, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Today we took the ferry to Portovenere to check out the town and the San Pietro Church, the Church of Saint Peter. The ferry is such a great way to see the coastline and we were very lucky that it wasn't full as we got great seats on top to admire the view. It amazes me how some of the houses on the steep hillsides are even built and how on earth people get to them, especially when we couldn't see any visible roads.

    The Church of Saint Peter is the first thing you see as you come into Portovenere on the ferry, as it is built on the cliff above the sea, in the Gulf of the Poets, also known as the Gulf of La Spezia. Built in 1198 over what was left of an ancient pagan temple, Saint Peter’s was probably completed between 1256 and 1277, when its distinctive black-and-white striped body was erected. Then, from the 15th century on, fires and ransacking caused great damage to the structure, until it was fully renovated in the 1930s. The church’s striped body made from black rock and white marble makes it an eye-catching monument.

    The bronze doors decorated with different figures make for a striking entrance and the dark naves give the church a very solemn feel. It certainly isn’t elaborately decorated like many of the churches we have seen and, in this case, the exterior was more striking than the interior. The view from the outside terrace to the sea is amazing, especially on such a clear day as today.

    While the church isn't big, it was nice to have been able to visit it.
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  • Day22

    Byron Grotto, Portovenere

    September 20, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Just next to the church and visible through the many arched windows in the wall, is the famous Byron Grotto, the inspiration of Lord Byron. It is recorded that the immortal poet, a daring swimmer, defied the waves of the sea from Portovenere to Lerici.

    These magic landscapes were of great inspiration for many poets, especially the English Romantics. Among them, Lord Byron who lived between the Gulf of Poets and loved especially Portovenere. It was for this reason that the incredibly beautiful grotto was dedicated to him, and the Byron Grotto is one of the landmarks for spectacular international diving championships.

    Although now partially collapsed, the walk down the steep rock steps on the side of the cliff was worth it just to admire the surrounding scenery, the turquoise crystal clear water against the sheer cliff with its layers of stone. The views out to sea and back up the cliff towards the church and castle were equally impressive. We just wished we had brought our togs so we could have enjoyed a swim here.
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  • Day22

    Portovenere

    September 20, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    After checking out the church and the bay we wandered back into Portovenere to explore the town. Portovenere is the first stop on the ferry going from La Spezia to the Cinque Terre villages and while it is not part of the Cinque Terre it is still a beautiful place to visit and spend a few hours.

    We enjoyed a bit of sightseeing via the sea front and then strolled through the back streets admiring the many beautiful doors and decorations. Such a pretty town to stroll through.

    We used just enough energy to warrant a refreshing drink by the sea before returning to Riomaggiore. I loved the coloured buildings, the quirky touches (a curtain made out of pasta for the pasta shop), the fishing references, the men selling hats (and yes it worked because I bought one), the many cafes and restaurants that were beautifully laid out, and the general vibe of the place. An easy day to relax and enjoy the atmosphere.
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  • Day10

    Offroad Action Forte del muzzerone

    September 9, 2020 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    Einen Berg mit Straßen die schlechter sind als in NRW mühsam mit der armen karre hoch, oben drauf angekommen alles voller Camper und Aussicht aufs meer.

    (This Italian fort was built in 1870 and was served during both world wars. Its main armament consisted of eleven 240mm artillery pieces.)Read more

  • Day9

    Cinque terre dag 2

    September 18, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Vandaag besloten we alsnog om de resterende 3 dorpjes te bezoeken. We wandelden van het eerste naar het tweede, maar voor het derde namen we toch maar de trein. Genoeg gewandeld.
    In tegenstelling tot de wandeling van gisteren, was deze zeer toeristisch. We moesten continu opzij voor tegenwandelaars, waarvan de overgrote meerderheid Amerikanen. Bon, dit nam de schoonheid van de streek niet weg.
    Vandaag wisten we het massatoerisme niet te ontwijken. Op bepaalde momenten was het echt koppen lopen.
    Nadat we alle dorpen hadden bezocht kwamen we tot dezelfde conclusie: Het is een hele mooie streek, de dorpjes zijn mooi (minpuntje: de drukte). Maar het mooiste zicht is toch vanop afstand.
    -Katrien
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  • Day7

    Dag 7. Naar Portovenere

    September 16, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

    Na ons ontbijt nemen we afscheid van ons appartementje met prachtig terras met palmboom, spijtig genoeg nog niet rijpe kiwi's en genoeg limoenen voor een jaar lang pisco sour en vertrekken naar La Spezia. 95 km aan kronkels, zwevende viaducten en ontelbare tunnels komen we aan in het jachthaventje van Cadiamare waar we de volgende drie dagen onze thuis gaan hebben. Veilig, want op de kade staan er twee kanonnen om ons te beschermen en in en onder het water is er de Italiaanse marine. Nadat we geïnstalleerd zijn vervoegen we de Italiaanse dagjestoeristen in Portovenere. Prachtige uitzichten die gelukkig de parkingperikelen doen vergeten. Terug thuis hebben we nog een badhanddoekavontuur als we de Italiaanse wasdraden uitproberen. Met de nadruk op proberen waardoor we onze handdoek via allerlei kunstgrepen moeten recupereren van de wasdraad van de onderburen. Een mooie dag die we afsluiten in het restaurant van de buren.Read more

  • Day9

    Cinque terre dag 1

    September 18, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Toen we gisteren ons eerste dorpje, Corniglia, bezochten, werden we overrompeld door toeristen. Gelukkig was onze prachtige wandeling wat rustiger. Hoog in de bergen wandelden we doorheen wijngaarden, waar we weer onze kans grepen om wat druifjes te moeskoppen.
    Het was een mooie, maar vermoeiende wandeling en mijn voetjes waren blij eens ze omhoog lagen in de zetel.

    -Katrien
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