Portovenere is located on the Liguria coast in the province of La Spezia. It has been said that the name refers to a temple to the goddess Venus which used to be on the peninsula where the church of Peter the Apostle now stands. The town was an vital maritime center in the Lombard era, and was frequently the target of Saracen invasions. After a period under Byzantine control, Portovenere became a feud of a family from Vezzano before passing to Genoa in the early 12th century. In 1494 it suffered a demoralizing assault from the Aragonese fleet as part of their war with Genoa. But the city recovered and is now a hub for tourism in Italy. In 1997 Portovenere and the villages of Cinque Terre were selected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Portovenere has two very nice beaches you should
go to if you get to visit. Gabbiano Beach is to be found on Palmaria Island. It
has plenty of space for sun-lovers to enjoy the sand, surf, and a little
And also The Sporting Beach in Portovenere has amenities such as cabins, dressing rooms, warm showers, and lifeguards. It also has a restaurant and bar on the beach has a wide selection of appetizers, and main course meals.