Porta del Borgo, Porto Venere

City Gate in La Spezia

Porto Venere, Porta Del Borgo
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The “Porta del Borgo” of Porto Venere stands as a historical gateway, adorned with a significant Latin inscription “Colonia Januensis 1113.” This inscription serves as a reminder of the year 1113 when Portovenere was fortified by the Republic of Genoa, thus assuming a vital role as a defensive stronghold against the Maritime Republic of Pisa.

Upon passing through this ancient portal, you will be greeted by a charming scene—a bustling carruggio (narrow street) filled with a vibrant array of shops, fry shops, and quaint boutiques. This bustling thoroughfare is none other than Capellini Street, the principal street of the village. As you traverse this cobbled path, you will be immersed in the quintessential essence of Liguria’s historic villages. The narrow stone road winds its way amidst the iconic tower houses, each with its own story to tell.

This is where the heart of Porto Venere comes to life—the convergence of centuries-old architecture, local commerce, and the vibrant energy of daily life. As you explore Capellini Street, you’ll experience the living tapestry of Portovenere’s history, culture, and contemporary charm. The architecture, the shops, and the people all contribute to the unique atmosphere that makes Porto Venere a truly captivating destination.


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Visiting Porta del Borgo, Porto Venere

Address: Porta del Borgo, Porto Venere, SP, Italy
Duration: 20 minutes

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