Tuesday, June 14, 2005


Although the cinque terre get most of the hype - and are worth every bit of it - there is a small town on the edge of the gulf of La Spezia that is not accessible by train called Portovenere (literally "the port of Venus"). Portovenere is accessible by boat (frequent ferries from La Spezia, Monterosso, Lerici, and Portofino - and by far the recommended means of arriving); by car (be willing to deal with tight parking spaces - if you can find them); or by bus from La Spezia (not for those who have even the slightest possibility of getting motion sick).

Portovenere is a great old town on the water with only two small beaches (not counting the one by the yacht harbor in the center of town), so come here for dinner, a walk along the waterfront, a tour of the old fortress on top of the hill - with a spectacular view of the surrounding areas, or a gelato or caffe at one of the waterfront bars. Two restaurants I would recommend are: La Marina d'Antonio (great location near the main piazza and good food) or La Chiglia (literally "the keel" - fantastic food but away from the center of town). You also might look into the restaurant at the hotel "Paradiso". I had a fantastic meal there on a special occasion. Seven courses of seafood.

Monday, December 06, 2004

What would you like to know about the cinque terre?

I've just started this blog on the cinque terre, golfo della spezia, and other areas around Liguria. I'm going to update it with some information on the region, its history, the food, the people, the towns, and what to do if you're in this fantastic area.
I've spent quite a bit of time in the area and still have family there, so most of my information will be first hand.
Please help me prioritize the information that I start posting to this site by letting me know what you would like to see.