Getting From Cinque Terre to Portovenere by ferry is easy, but when we woke up to rain we knew that was not going to happen.
The ferry leaving Riomaggiore only ran one day out of the three nights we were there. Our backup plan was to take the train to La Spezia (4.20 Euros for two) and then the bus to Portovenere (5 Euros for two).
It was chilly and drizzling when we caught the train to La Spezia. After departing the train station, we walked around La Spezia and then headed to the bus stop to make our way to Portovenere. I was glad we did not stay in La Spezia. When we first looked at Cinque Terre people recommended staying here but it does not have the small village feel that the 5 villages has.
Upon reaching the bus stop, we asked if we could purchase the bus tickets on the bus. They told us no and directed us to a store around the corner. We made our way to the store, only to learn they were sold out of tickets and he directed us to another store around the corner.
After purchasing the tickets we went back to wait for the bus to arrive. The rain started again and we were all huddled under the protective area waiting for the bus. We were still getting wet as it was raining pretty hard. After about 20 minutes the bus finally came. We validated our tickets and took a seat.
It took about 30 minutes to reach Portovenere. The rain had let up and it was only drizzling by the time we disembarked. The first thing we did was look for a place to buy our return bus tickets. We went into a store, but the man did not speak English. He pointed to the machine outside on a wall. This machine was only in Italian.
Purchasing different bus and train tickets during our travels, helped us to figure out how to buy our tickets out of this machine. There was no one around to help. I was glad when the tickets actually came out. Tickets in hand we went to walk around. It was a damp dreary day. On our way to the fort we passed all kinds of houses, restaurants and stores.
TIP: Buy return tickets as soon as you get off the bus, so you are not running around trying to find out where to purchase your tickets when you want to leave. You could not buy tickets on the bus.
As we made our way to the Church of San Pietro and the fort, there were many slippery steps to climb.
When we finally reached the top, the views were picturesque even on a cloudy day.
Looking back to town.
On top of the hill we took a picture of the church we just visited.
From this point, we could see San Lorenzo church in the distance. This church was built between 1118 and 1130.
San Lorenzo church is a beautiful old church, it was stunning inside. I can not believe how well maintained these churches are. Every church we visited was different.
As we made our way around the town we came across this deck up on the hill. I could just image sitting outside with a glass of wine and enjoying the views of the harbor.
There are plenty of steps and walkways to take as we make our way back to the town center.
When we reached the main gate there were more shops and restaurants.
We were done walking around we headed back to the bus stop.
We had no idea when the bus would come, so we just waited with the other people.
This is definitely a nice place to visit if you are staying in Cinque Terre. Even though the weather was not the best, it’s a lovely town with plenty of history. Getting from Cinque Terre to Portovenere by ferry is easy, but have a back up plan if the ferry is not running that day. If you are in the area, definitely put this on the list of places to visit.