Portofino, in the province of Genoa, is an extraordinary fishing village that is well-known for its lovely communities sitting peacefully atop the beautiful mountains. The moment you set foot on the Port of Portofino, you might feel like you are in a fairy tale. The colorful villages that serve as the lovely port’s backdrop complement the clear blue waters well. Old and new boats alike line the harbor giving you a spectacular view of the sea.
The beauty of the harbor is further complemented by its history. As you enjoy the view and walk through the streets, it would be amusing to know that this port used to be called the Port of the Dolphins. It was called as such because dolphins used to be spotted around the area. Go around the area and see the Church of St. Martin and the Church of St. George.
Another spot that will leave you in wonder is Porto Venere in the province of La Spezia. Opposite Porto Venere are three islands, namely Tino, Palmaria and Tinetto. Among these three islands, only Palmaria is inhabited. Because of its undeniable beauty, a poet, named George Byron, had drawn his inspiration for his works from Porto Venere. In honor of him, a cave in Porto Venere had been named after him. Byron Cave, also called the Blue Cave because of being partly submerged in waters, is now one of the most famous tourist spots in La Spezia. If you have enjoyed the churches in Portofino, then the Churches of St. Peter and St. Lawrence would definitely make a good itinerary.
Another stunning fishing village from the northwestern Italy, Vernazza has a spectacular view of the sea and the green mountains. Vernazza is one of the villages that form the famous Cinque Terre, a group of five towns that boasts off conventionality and beauty. Cinque Terre, until now, is unreachable by car. If you are travelling by land, you can reach this destination by train. You can also get to Cinqe Terre and the other four towns by the sea through their boats.
A more scenic way to visit Cinque Terre is by walking. The center of the town can be reached in approximately an hour’s walk from the center of Vernazza. Go by the Azure Trail, a walking path that connects these five towns. Vernazza, just like Portofino and Porto Venere, is home to beautiful churches, such as Church of Santa Margherita d’Antiochia and Chapel of Santa Marta.
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