The View from Porto Venere's Church

Porto Venere: Things To See And Do On A Day Trip

Hi Guys! Recently I took a day trip to Porto Venere from Genova, where I’m living for the year. It’s such a lovely town, so here is a guide to getting there and then what to do once you’re there.

The Harbour of
Porto Venere’s Harbour

Getting to Porto Venere

So I took the train from Genova to La Spezia and then from there, you can take either a bus or a ferry. There are also several boat trips around the Cinque Terre which take you here. The bus fare was €3 and took about 35 minutes. It was nice to see the surrounding areas, including the harbour, and an affordable way to reach Porto Venere. The ferry took 25 minutes and cost €8 for a one-way trip. You can view the ferry timetable here, and I used the Moovit app to work out which bus to take.

What to See

Porto Venere is a pretty touristy town, and there isn’t masses to do, however the select few things are beautiful!

Lord Byron's Grotto

I visited Lord Byron’s grotto, where you can sunbathe or swim if the weather is nice. The view was amazing and the water looked so tempting! Next to the grotto is San Pietro Church which offers great views of the harbour from the top. I also reccomend checking out the front doors of the church, as there are small but detailed statues attached.

San Pietro Church, Porto Venere
San Pietro Church

What to Eat

I ate lunch at Trattoria Da Iseo which was okay, but the service wasn’t fab. There are so many options on the sea front for lunch or dinner, and also if you go onto the main street in the town. On the main street, there are small souviner shops aswell as places to buy pasta and fresh produce. Make sure to grab an Ice Cream at Gelateria La Pitonetta – I had a scoop of wild berry and another of dark chocolate and it was so nice!

an unrelated image of me in an arch above Byron’s grotto

If you fancy a coffee, there are a few coffee shops on the front and I went to Bar Moon which is close to the ferry and bus stops and so is pretty convinient.

What to Do

If you have some time to spare after seeing the places I mentioned above, then you can take a boat trip to some small, nearby islands (this one sounds good) or perhaps visit another city in the Cinque Terre. I spent some time sunbathing on the rocks and reading, but it depends what you’re looking for, and how long you’ll be here! I only took a day trip, and ended up being in Porto Venere from 11:30 until 16:00 due to a delayed train!

The View from Porto Venere's Church

Where to Stay

So I only visited for a day, but there are a few hotels in the town which would make a great base for travelling around the Cinque Terre and other local areas. The cheapest accomodation around are these About Italy apartments* which look pretty nice. If you want to stay somewhere a bit different, there is also a boat BnB which is pretty cool for one night!

So that was my trip!

I hope you found this little guide to Porto Venere useful! I had a lovely day there and the weather was beautiful. If you liked this post, you can check out my other travel content here and my Italy posts here.


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  1. I’ve never heard of Porto Venere, but it looks beautiful! I would love to go to Lord Byron’s Grotto – it looks so tranquil and the sea is so inviting.

  2. I never heard of Porto Venere but it looks so exotic to me. I always like taking boat rides from one city to an island. I’m from the states so I think it’s cool to see the churches on the other side of the world because they always look rustic with pretty architecture! Thanks for introducing me to a new city❤️

    Natonya |

    1. It was so nice! A lot of people spend a day there as part of a longer trip to visit the Italian Rivera/The Cinque Terre as there really isn’t much more than a days worth of things to do! But I’m lucky to have such a beautiful place nearby xx

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