As cruise ships are not able to dock, you will be tendered ashore.
A picture-perfect Italian town that serves as the gateway to the fabled Cinque Terre coast, where five hamlets cling to the steep cliffs connected by a foot path
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The church of S. Pietro: According to some archaeologists, during pagan times the site used to be a temple to Venus Erycina (From which the name Portus Veneris derives). The temple was then transformed during the first years of Christianity into a Christian temple. In 1256 ad. The Genoese built the church of S. Pietro over the early Christian temple, to thank the inhabitants of Porto Venere for their help in taking Lerici castle. They followed a new style known as gothic-genoese.
The Cinque Terre: by boat or on foot. Just buy a ticket at the pier and wait for the next departure instead of buying a cruise organized tour. Not to be missed!
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
The waterfront has fish restaurants and cafes.
Emergency nr: 112.
Opening Hours and Holidays:
Most shops and businesses in Italy open from Monday to Saturday from around 8am until 1pm, and from about 4pm until 7pm, though many shops close on Saturday afternoons and Monday mornings, and in the south the day can begin and end an hour later.
In the north some businesses work to a 9am-5pm day to facilitate international dealings. Traditionally, everything except bars and restaurants closes on Sunday, though most towns have a pasticceria open in the mornings, while in large cities and tourist areas, Sunday opening is becoming more common.
January 1 (New Year's Day)
January 6 (Epiphany)
Pasquetta (Easter Monday)
April 25 (Liberation Day)
May 1 (Labour Day)
August 15 ( Ferragosto ; Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
November 1 ( Ognissanti ; All Souls Day)
December 8 ( Immaccolata ; Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
December 25 ( Natale ; Christmas)
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