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Portovenere is one of the most famous Italian seaside resort. The Romans already knew this village, so called for the presence of a temple consecrated to Venus, the goddess of beauty. Inside of the village there are no cross roads, only some porches, which with steep stairs joining the road to the harbour or the beach. At the west side of the village there is the San Pietro church, it's a romanic-gotic building with some ligurian features, built on the ruins of the ancient temple of Venus.

From here you can admire a wonderful panorama, from the little romanic loggia you can see at piece of coast towards Cinque Terre, and from the entrance of the church you look over the gulf and the islands Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto.