From Lerici we set off for Portovenere. Portovenere is a part of UNESCO World Heritage site “Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto)”. These villages date back to the later Middle Ages.Tourists usually ferry from Lerici to Portovenere and also to other little fishing villages along the bay of the Ligurian Sea. The compact settlements look colorful, clinging on to edges of the steep slopes of the mountains.

Luckily we got a parking lot along a hillside main road, lucky because it was a Sunday and there were tourists in large numbers, thanks to the irresistible picnicking weather. We got mind blowing views of the harbor of Portovenere and the sea below from here. Portovenere is famous for its sea food and wine, though we missed out on the first one, we very sensibly picked up a sample of the second one only to lose our senses over it later.

At a distance were the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. The vast blue sea soothed our eyes. The lucky tourists were there in their white sail boats and they made awesome pictures for me.

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