Portovenere Guided Walking Tour

2 Hours
Group Activity
Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship

From (USD) $130 Per Person (Based on 2)

Portovenere Guided Walking Tour

2 Hours
Group Activity
Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship

From (USD) $130 Per Person (Based on 2)

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      Portovenere Guided Walking Tour

      Portovenere, Italy
      From (USD) $130 Per Person (Based on 2)
      • Doria Castle: This imposing grey citadel was built by one of Genoa's wealthiest families and teeters over the water above the ruins of Byron's Grotto.
      • St. Laurence: Built on an ancient temple dedicated to the god Jupiter, this unassuming church offers beautiful views of the Italian Riviera and the Ligurian Sea.
      • St. Peter: This elegant church with stripes of black and grey stone inside is built over a temple to Venus, giving the town its name: "Port of Venus."
      About This Portovenere Tour

      The hypnotic beauty of Portovenere has drawn artists, poets, and authors for centuries. But none has been more revered and reviled than the notoriously flamboyant Lord Byron. Born with a club foot, his aristocratic excesses included childhood "tricks" with his nanny, massive debts, numerous bisexual affairs, a rumored tryst with his half-sister, and involvement in Greek and Italian revolutions. Excessive or not, Lord Byron had passion.

      He went there in 1822 with his Italian countess wife, a marriage that lasted only a few years. He spent most of his days sleeping and his nights cavorting – rarely with his wife –but did find time to launch a radical journal with fellow poet Percy Shelley. (Wife Mary had recently published Frankenstein.)

      An avid swimmer but bad decision-maker, he jumped into the Gulf of La Spezia one day at the base of the Church of St. Peter and swam 4.6 miles to reach his faithful friend's home. He managed to make it ashore, and the feat – and his fondness for Portovenere – are immortalized on a plaque at Byron's Grotto, below Doria Castle.

      The gulf was not as kind to his friend – Shelley drowned shortly after Byron's legendary swim when his boat capsized in a storm.

      "Bay" rhymes better

      In a confusing clash of geographical certitude and poetic license, the body of water in which Byron swam and Shelley drowned is known as the Bay of Poets, the Gulf of Poets, the Gulf of La Spezia, and the Bay of Portovenere. Whatever it's called, the gulf/bay has been a creative inspiration for Shelley, Byron, and countless others. Swimmers from all over the world went there every August to reenact Byron's 1822 crossing.

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