Portovenere is one of the most impressive locations of the Gulf of Poets, featuring stunning views that inspired authors like Lord Byron and other members of English romance. Byorn spent some years of his life at Portovenere and that’s why he was named the bay below the castle. The Byron Cave is characterized by a white cliff overlooking the sea and from the same cliff there is also the church of San Pietro.
«In the orange light of the dying day, the gulf of poets La Spezia is a city daughter of the dusk, the gold, red and pink of the setting sun like a balm on the hot streets of a summer day. After a fish supper, the rhythm of the sea not far away, we enjoy the last sparkling moments of portovenere. The “terrace” of coloured houses points like an arrow towards the walls of the ancient Castle Doria, which now is a walk overlooking the sea between the rocks below, stained with strokes of red. The sea surf crashes all around, and it is not difficult to imagine the Goddess Venus emerging from the water, beautiful and sublime like this town to which she gave her name. At the end of the spur, the gothic church of St Peter with its bell tower, the black and white striped façade like a zebra, a thousand shades of grey that are lost in each other. Not far away, the wooded island of Palmaria, a dream of green and blue. And then again Byron’s Cave, the same freedom of expression, the same desire to surprise, just like the romantic poet. “We will visit it tomorrow, I promise”. In the background another promise, the one that Liguria made us at the beginning of our long journey, and that like a faithful lover, has kept to the end; falling in love could never be better than this.»