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Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

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Porto Venere is a beautiful town and comune (municipality) on the Ligurian coast of Italy, in the province of La Spezia. It consists of three villages: Fezzano, Le Grazie and Porto Venere, and three islands: Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. Porto Venere is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the nearby Cinque Terre villages. Porto Venere has a rich history and culture, dating back to the ancient Romans, who dedicated a temple to the goddess Venus on the promontory where the church of St. Peter now stands. The town was later a Byzantine naval base, a target of Saracen raids, and a fiefdom of Genoa. Porto Venere has been admired by poets and artists such as Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, George Sand and Eugène Delacroix. Porto Venere offers stunning views of the sea and the mountains, as well as beautiful architecture and natural wonders. Some of the main attractions are the Gothic church of St. Peter, built on the rocks overlooking the bay; the castle of Doria, a medieval fortress that dominates the town; the grotto of Byron, a cave where the poet used to swim; and the three islands, which are part of a natural park and a marine reserve. Porto Venere is a perfect destination for those who love nature, history and art. It can be reached by car, bus or boat from La Spezia, which is about 15 km away. Porto Venere is also a great base to explore the Cinque Terre and other gems of the Ligurian coast..

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Photo Gallery of  Walk 1 – Via Giuseppe Garibaldi to Via Calata Doria
Approximately  3.52 km –  2.19 miles

The walk starts in Via Giuseppe Garibaldi – Scalinata Arenella – Passeggiata Aldo Moro – Via Olivo – Via II Traversa Olivo – Walk back along Via II Traversa Olivo , Via Olivo & Passeggiata Aldo Moro to Via Aldo Moro – Piazza Bastreri – Piazza Darsena – Via Calata Doria
Please note, some of the street names were taken from the Michelin Street map for Portovenere
https://www.viamichelin.co.uk/web/Maps/Map-Portovenere-19025-La_Spezia-Italy

Photo Gallery of  Walk 2 – Via Capellini to Piazza Bastreri
Approximately 0.86 km – 0.53 miles

The walk starts in Via Capellini – Chiesa di San Pietro – Via Vittoria – Via della Chiesa – Piazza S. Lorenzo – Scalinata Palo Bertala – Salita Castello – Castello Doria – Continue down Salita Castello to Via Capellini – Piazza Bastreri