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Portovenere in ligure, Portivène in the local variant, is an Italian municipality of 3,412 inhabitants in the province of La Spezia in Liguria. Because of its urban extension is the smallest municipality in the province of La Spezia.

In 1997 Porto Venere, together with the islands Palmaria, Tino, Tinetto and the Cinque Terre was included among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Although the most ancient origins of the village date back to the 6th century B.C. and the presence of the Ligurian people, the first historical dates of Porto Venere date back to Claudio Tolomeo (150 A.D.) and the Maritime Itinerary (Itinerarium Maritimum Imperatoris Antonini Augusti) by the emperor Antonino Pio of 161 A.D. where the village is reported as vicus (port of call) and then castrum between the localities of Segesta Tigulliorum (today’s Sestri Levante) and Luni.


17 August
Portovenere is immersed in the religious festival dedicated to the Madonna Bianca. During the day many liturgical ceremonies take place at the Church of San Lorenzo and at nightfall the procession crosses the village illuminated by torches.

Minaccia Beltempo offers an intense program of music, concerts, sports performances and games for children that will animate the most evocative places of Porto Venere from the afternoon to end with a sparkling fireworks show.

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