Ciao and buongiorno on the fourth part of our Mediterranean Cruise with “Mein Schiff 2” Summer 2015 – Portovenere Things to see!
So the last time we were telling in detail, how we spent a day in the hot, exhausting, but beautiful eternal Rome and were emphazizing all that with many pictures in our Gallery.
After such an immense highlight with a lot of impressions, that could easily last for a whole week, our next stop La Spezia was truly a nice welcoming change, on which we usually just were more like easily strolling instead of epic sightseeing.
Trip to La Spezia
To be honest, La Spezia was no word for us before. So – here’s the rapid introduction of “La Spezia“:
The city is located in north Italy, more specific in Liguria and has about 100,000 citizens after all and 39 districts.
Directly on the coast and it has a classical warm Mediterranean climate. Main sources of income are marine, fishing and tourism.
La Spezia has quite many museums, for example for archeology, military and art. It doesn’t have an own airport, but several seaports and while I am writing this here, it’s three minutes after 6 pm.
But enough of the dry facts and let’s face true happenings!
Our ship laid off at about seven in the morning and as used to be we had a hearty longlasting breakfast, got off the ship and went with the shuttle bus to the five minutes distance located haven at Viale Italia.
From here we could individually plan our daily stay in La Spezia.
After a short and very kind information from the local tourist guidance we decided first to go to the 15 km away located Portovenere and then doing later after this eventually a stroll through La Spezia. It was time for the Portovenere Things to see!
Portovenere Things to see
The reason was just, that this little town should be so unbelievably charming, picturesque, adorable and dreamy that you definitely have to see it with your own eyes to believe it.
Challenge accepted, this was of course our wish.
Because of a pretty well organized public traffic system we could take one of the next busses directly to the Portovenere Things to see without even walking a lot and it just cost some few euros.
After half an hour we arrived, perfectly in time in the morning hours. And yes, by finest Mediterranean weather we had a sight, which I can only describe as a pure eye-candy.
Such a beautiful, crystal clear and light blue water, small and easy white clouds and a colorful and crooked block of houses, which seemed to lean to the hill behind.
At the very top of this scenery there was a sacred architecture called San Pietro and this made the whole scenery looking like a painting.
The tiny town itself doesn’t have more than 4,000 inhabitants, but therfore a long history.
Looks like Gondor
It was founded in 50 B.C. and has seen many battles. Walls and fortresses are witnessing this historical fact pretty impressive.
For those who know what I am talking about – the city Gondor from “The Lord of the Rings“-Trilogy from J.R.R. Tolkien with it’s seven layers unto the very top of the mountain reminded me strongly to what I have seen here.
Of course a thousand times smaller and more colorful, but anyway…
Well, as a relief, we discovered Portovenere quite quickly. The strolling through those very charming alleys took us about two hours. We did as part of our Portovenere Things to see the visiting of the church San Pietro and San Lorenzo and the imposing graveyard, directly built into the rock walls – you can easily decide for yourself if you want to have a closer look or not.
The Port of Portovenere
Due to the really high temperature and also the option to visit La Spezia as well, we decided to not have any a closer look inside the buildings.
Instead we walked the way back through that little picturesquely Portovenere to the port and with the bus back to La Spezia.
Just to mention: On our way back we passed by quite a huge marine military area with some big battle ships.
This we saw quite often on our cruise trip which was also pretty new to me, that the Mediterranean area from Italy, France and Spain is used quite intensively for navy stuff. Well, maybe it’s not even so surprising. But just to keep in mind for your potential Portovenere Things to see.
Back to La Spezia
After recognizing this we already were back in La Spezia.
It was not ideal for us, that it was still Siesta time and this would last for about one hour more.
So our possibilities were pretty limited. Of course no big deal for such La Spezia old hands like us – some delicious ice cream, a little strolling at Via Domenico Chiodo and with a glance waiting turns out to be quality time 🙂
And due to the fact, that the ladies wanted to take a closer look to the one or another fashion store, the plan for the rest of the day was already written and signed! Buying an Italian dress in Italy, that was one of Birdie’s wishes, which she could now fulfill even many times.
Back on the Cruise Ship
So we went back to our ship in the evening hours of another fantastic day full of great impressions.
All these activities make you really hungry, so the buffet was more than welcome.
One of the really nice things by travelling with a cruise-ship like this is the easy-style and the fact that you don’t have to take care of anything.
So after this communion we had some refreshing drinks in one of the bars on deck and we watched “Mein Schiff 2” leaving the port of La Spezia into the dreamlike Mediterranean evening sun and saluting to Dolce Vita with a good glass of Cognac! Liguria Holidays were nearly over.
Cheers, dear Travelwithbird-readers, that’s it for now. La Spezia and Porto, you both are jewels of Liguria, we’ll keep you in sweetest memory!
Liguria Holidays seemed to be awesome, but next stop Monaco and Nice were giving us so good vibes!
Cheers & always travelling with The Bird
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