La Spezia, Porto Venere and Cinque Terre – Italy

Bonjour beautiful people! It’s been a while since my last post. I really miss you all! Today I want to share with you some thoughts and pictures from my last trip to Italy. We spent 10 amazing days there. We drove from Luxembourg to Italy, passing through Switzerland (+/- 10 hours driving).

The first stop was La Spezia  in the Liguria region of Northern Italy.

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The city is charming and makes for a good base to explore the region including the Cinque Terre.

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In La Spezia we stayed in a charming guest house called San Giorgio Boutique Rooms. Modern and well appointed accommodation. The owner was very kind, giving us all practical information and made us a gift by upgrading to the best room “Basilico” in the property as it was available. We had a nice glass of wine in the evening enjoying the balcony. Breakfast is not available but there are tea and coffee facilities. The location is good with easy access to the city center but on the other hand there are several stairs involved, which makes moving with luggage quite a burden! Street parking is available but not obvious to find.


My recommendation: take the boat trip stopping over in Porto Venere and going further to the Cinque Terre. It provides some of the best views. Then the return trip can be by train: not many views but very quick and frequent departures till late.

Porto Venere is adorable, on the Gulf of Poets, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with brightly colored houses while narrow medieval streets lined with shops lead up the hill from the ancient city gate to the castle.

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The tip of the promontory holds a picturesque church. Byron’s Cave is a rocky area leading to the sea where the poet Byron used to swim.

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Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre


The Cinque Terre: highlight to Vernazza!


Vernazza is one of the five towns that make up the Cinque Terre region. We were quite lucky with the weather: just a bit cloudy but far from the usual nasty weather of late autumn. Still the place was rather crowded and we can only imagine that in summer it must be hell.







Vernazza itself is lovely and easy to understand why it is the top choice among the Cinque Terre.

Next stop…Tuscany! See you there in our next post!

Love and lights,


Read more:

Cinque Terre at Wikipedia



4 thoughts on “La Spezia, Porto Venere and Cinque Terre – Italy

  1. So nice to hear from you again and to have the opportunity to view some new photos…you are a marvelous photographer and the photos in this post are delightful, delicious, and delicate. Such wondrous colors, and so many wondrous places…seashore, mountains, rocks, castles, houses built into the hills…what a grand and fun place to visit. Love your new blog photo, too!

    Hope all is well. I got a nice email from Cezar and will respond to that shortly. You continue to amaze me with your feats of photography and linguistics! German? Really? Incredible!

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