Porto Venere: A Photo Diary

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.”

Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage

Last weekend, the boyfriend and I vowed to get out of the house and discover something new. Ever since we got back from the Christmas holidays it seems like all we’ve done is stay at home – either hooked on watching Netlifx series (Netflix arrived in Italy a few months ago and it is my kryptonite) or working hard to fix up our apartment  (i.e. countless trips to IKEA – torture!). After guiltily enjoying a long stretch of couch time Saturday night, we both looked at each other and said “Time to get out of the house!”. 

I hopped on Google and asked the almighty internet wizards about the best cities to visit in Liguria. Porto Venere came up as being one of the most romantic towns of the region, only an hour and a half from Genoa by car. A little bit of mushy romance? <3 Eh, why not!

We were lucky to wake up Sunday morning with pristine weather. A little on the chilly side, but clear blue skies and lots of Italian sunshine to keep us warm. A perfect day to get away… 


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Walking into the city center, we admired the beautiful coastal views of mountains, sea, and these little baby boats!

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During our walk, we said Ciao! to some #notmynonni (old people) who were soaking up all the vitamin D they could get.

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The panoramic views were amazing. Here we are overlooking a mountainous island just off the coast of Porto Venere. The boyfriend photobombed my panoramic photo while taking his own panoramic photo. Some nerve , huh?

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Porto Venere is quite famous for its “Bay of Poets”. It was here that Lord Byron bravely swam across the rocky sea to be with his English muse, Shelley. In this photo, I’m standing in front of “Byron’s Caves” (and being photobombed by some Italian dude!).

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The Bay of Poets – would you swim across this like Lord Byron did?

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Inside the hilltop San Pietro church. It was built in 1198, but since then has been bombed, rebuilt and renovated many times. 

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Sea view framed by the arches of San Pietro church.

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View of San Pietro Church from that Porto Venere Castle.

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A very mushy romantic sunset. The boyfriend kept mistakenly calling the ‘sunset’ as ‘summerset’!

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Peek a boo, I see you!

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The narrow streets of Porto Venere.

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Climbing back down from the castle, we caught a glimpse of Porto Venere’s colors.

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While driving back home, we were amazed to see snowcapped mountains in the background.

After this little trip, I realized how much I missed getting out and discovering new things, even if it was only for a few hours. We all need a little holiday, a little romance, a little sunshine, a little fresh air. We get so sucked in to our phones, responding to emails, cooking, cleaning, to-do lists. But if we stop and listen to Byron when he said “there is a pleasure in the pathless woods…” we might just understand that we all need an unplanned detour every so often.

So I challenge you my friends: turn off your phones (except for photo ops), forget the laundry and the dirty dishes in the sink, put your to-do lists away for a day and get out and find your happy place. :)


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