Portovenere & the Gulf of Poets

Lord Byron, and his fellow poets and writers, chose well.  In an attempt to escape the decadent literary era of the U.K. they found the ideal retreat for contemplation and writing in this hidden Italian gem:  the village of Portovenere, tucked secretly in the Gulf of Poets {Cinque Terre}.  Let’s be frank:  there is nothing decadent about this idyllic Italian destination, its whimsical shades, the soothing shades of blue of the Mediterranean Sea.  It is the perfect base for exploration of this corner of Italy.

Portovenere, Liguria  {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}
Portovenere, Liguria {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}
Porticciuolo di Portovenere  {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}
Porticciuolo di Portovenere {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}

Here, you’ll mingle with the local “Liguri”  {Ligurians}, be inebriated by the scent of “frittura mista {mixed fried seafood}” and focaccina ligure {ligurian focaccia}.   We reached around noon and after a satisfying lunch, went off at sea to discover the entire bay.  I will talk more about Ligurian cuisine and my favorites among the five villages in upcoming reflections.  Tonight, I want to leave you with the serenity and invigoration that this secret village will provide on your first or next visit.

Barca a vela storica , Portovenere  {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}
Barca a vela storica , Portovenere {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}
Yacht italiani, Portovenere  {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}
Yacht italiani, Portovenere {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}

Allow yourself to have a full day at leisure just in Portovenere.  You’ll want to stroll and explore the three streets that make up the village, walk to the castles at the two extremities as well as its Cathedral both at daylight and again at sunset and again at night…  The changing colors of the passing day will undoubtedly motivate and move you…..

Castello Medievale di Portovenere  {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}
Castello Medievale di Portovenere {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}

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