Portovenere is a small Ligurian town located near La Spezia. This city is famous for the old castle, the picturesque alleys and the caves. Together with the Cinque Terre, the territory of Portovenere has been included among the patrimonies of humanity. The beautiful castle, located on a rocky hill, was built between the XII-XIV centuries and belonged to the Doria family who played an important role in the life of the Republic of Genoa. From the castle, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the city and the church of San Peter. Among the natural places of the territory of Portovenere, marine caves are very famous. You have to visit the cave of the Arpaya, which you accessed via a steep staircase that descends between the rocks, also called “Grotta di Byron” in memory of the company that featured the poet, lover of Oscar Wilde, who from here came to swimming up to Lerici. The cuisine of Portovenere, is characterized by recipes with protagonists products that know both sea and land. But remember that when it comes to Ligurian cuisine, thinking about Pesto is a must and here you can savour it in all its tasty varieties.