Porto Venere is a great alternative to the more crowded towns of the Italian Cinque Terre. Offering dramatic views and a story book harbour front vista, this town offers a low key and relaxing base to venture north into the Cinque Terre proper by ferry or train. A short taxi ride from the rail station in La Spezia, there are numerous restaurants and hotels to complete your visit. The name is thought to be derived from the historical location of a temple to the goddess Venus who legend says rose from the sea here. The rocky point offers exceptionally dramatic views of the coastline, especially at sunset.
Be sure to catch a sunset on the beautiful point easily accessed from the town of Porto Venere.