The first time I visited Porto Venere we took the boat from La Spezia to Monterosso and stopped for coffee at Porto Venere.
It is just so wonderful viewing this stunning coast-line from the water and then arriving by boat. It is only a short trip by boat or if you wish there is the option of a half day tour of the area.
Porto Venere is a town on the Ligurian coast in the province of La Spezia. While staying in La Spezia I took the bus several times to Porto Venere to spend the day. It is not far to wander to one of the many restaurants for a lunch.
Rather than staying in La Spezia or the Cinque Terre, Porto Venere is another great option for staying and using as a home base for all the day trips by boat or ferry to Cinque Terre, Portofino, Rapallo and Santa Margherita
From the port you can take boats to Lerici, La Spezia, Cinque Terre, Palmaria or Portofino. Taxi boats are affordable too if you are at least 4 people. The trip to Portofino is certainly another highlight of this divine coastline.
Porto Venere reminds me of a fishing village on the Mediterranean without the noise of the city life. The sea views are amazing and the seafood is wonderful. If you enjoy photography you will be very busy with your camera.
The evening walks along the beach front watching the sunset are magic. [...]