The Regional Natural Park of Portovenere extends as a western extension of the Gulf of La Spezia, which includes the headland of Porto Venere, the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto and the Marine Protection Area. The various Mediterranean species distributed westwards, reaching their north-western limit of distribution at these coasts, increase the overall prestige of the floral ecosystem.
The Territory maintains a strong natural character to the present days and is covered with flourishing Mediterranean scrub as a sign of its constant dynamism in the different microclimates: ranging from a situation of scrubland to one of scrub with multiple aspects, as well as Holm oak and pine forests of Aleppo pine mixed with maritime pine and other oak trees (Cerro and Roverella).
Le Grazie is a small fishing village close to Porto Venere where is the archaeological site of the Villa Romana del Varignano, the sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie, the village of Fezzano and the San Giovanni Battista church built in 1740. The port is placed in a favorable geographical position.The village of Le Grazie has ancient origins and its historical part is built around the Church of Our Lady of Le Grazie, patron saint of the village. In the old part of Varignano are the remnants of the Roman Villa of Varignano, built in the first half of the 1st Century B.C.. The villa is surrounded by olive trees, and at the time, as it was situated right on the water, it was an ideal place to moor and shelter. This archeological site can now be visited.
The Cinque Terre (5 Lands) , awarded by UNESCO the title of World Patrimony of Mankind, are a National Park and Protected Marine Environment. The Cinque Terre comprise the coastal area from Punta Mesco up to Portovenere. It is a strip of land and rocks about 15 km long and 3/4 km large rising steeply from the sea towards the mountains.
In the ridges of the mountains dropping down to the sea, the five small villages of the Cinque Terre have crouched among the several inlets of its spur and day after day Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso then grew. Thanks to an age-long isolation, deriving from the difficulty of communications, we today enjoy the preserved beauty and charme of a virgin landscape. The typical orographic traits have survived intact over the centuries thanks to the well balanced and unchanged relationship between nature and man’s work. Stimulated by the need of making these areas agriculturally exploitable, the inhabitants have created a system of low dry-walls (over 7000 km) allowing even today the vineyards cultivation. These terraces, called "i cian" give this area its very peculiar and original look. The harsh asperity of the territory blends harmoniously with the man made terraces characterising the coast.
Portofino is famous all over the world: the very name evokes images of all things beautiful, elegant and exclusive.The lovely landscape, mild climate, and ongoing pursuit of quality make this one of the most sought-after destinations in the world. Since 1987 Consorzio Portofino Coast has been representing the great heritage of this area, made up not only of natural beauty but also of history, tradition, culture, professionalism, and enthusiasm for innovation.
SERVICES AVAILABLE IN THE VILLAGE
Many restaurants are small, a reservation is highly recommended
(*) the owner is our friend
RESTAURANTS in LeGrazie (There are 4 recommended restaurants in the village , all located within 200 meters from the boat)
|(**) Ristorante IL GAMBERO||Via Libertà 123, Le Grazie (SP)||0187 790325|
|Ristorante DA PIETRO IL PALOMBARO||Via Libertà 143, Le Grazie (SP)||0187 790019|
|TRATTORIA NARDINI||Via Libertà 69/r, Le Grazie (SP)||0187 790006|
|Ristorante PIZZERIA LA MARINARA||Piazza Libertà 1, Le Grazie (SP)||0187 79007|
BARs - There are 4 BARs and 2 takeaway pizzeria just in front of the boat . WiFi free service is available in the closest two ones.
RESTAURANTS in Portovenere
All restaurant are reachable by a short walk – 30 minutes- or by local bus.
Our suggestion is indicated by (*)
|(**) RISTORANTE LOCANDA LORENA|
Via Cavour 4 - Isola Palmaria
This restaurant, located in Palmaria island in front of Portovenere provides a boat free service from Portovenere Port and is highly recommanded.
|(*) PIZZERIA LA LUCCIOLA||Via Olivo 101, Portovenere (SP) ||0187 790145|
|PIZZERIA LA PIZZACCIA||Via Capelini 94/98, Portovenere (SP) ||0187 792722|
|PIZZERIA LA TAVERNETTA||Piazza Bastreri 22, Portovenere (SP) ||0187 790692|
|RISTORANTE AL CONVENTO||Via Garibaldi 5, Portovenere (SP) ||0187 792610|
|RISTORANTE BELVEDERE||Via Garibaldi 26, Portovenere (SP) ||0187 790608|
|(*) RISTORANTE DEL PESCATORE||Via Olivo 33, Portovenere (SP) ||0187 798015|
|RISTORANTE ELETTRA||Calata Doria 42, Portovenere (SP) ||0187 792215|
|RISTORANTE IL TIMONE||Via Dell' Olivo 27/29,Portovenere (SP)||0187 790625|
|RISTORANTE LA BAIA||Via Lungomare Est 111, Portovenere (SP) ||0187 790797|
|RISTORANTE LA CHIGLIA||Via Dell'olivo 317, Portovenere (SP) ||0187 792179|
|RISTORANTE LA MEDUSA||Via Capellini 74, 19025 Portovenere (SP) ||0187 790603|
|RISTORANTE LA TAVERNA DI VENERE||Via Calata Doria 20, Portovenere (SP) ||0187 792727|
|RISTORANTE MIRAMARE||Via Calata Doria 66, Portovenere (SP) ||0187 790630|
|RISTORANTE TAVERNA DEL CORSARO||Via Calata Doria 102, Portovenere (SP) ||0187 790622|
|(**) RISTORANTE TRE TORRI||Piazza Bastreri 9/a, Portovenere (SP) ||0187 790477|
|TRATTORIA DA ANTONIO ALLA MARINA||Piazza Marina 6, Portovenere (SP) ||0187 790686|
|TRATTORIA DA DORINDO||Via Dell' Olivo 253, 19025 Portovenere (SP) ||0187 777705|
|TRATTORIA DA ISEO||Via Calata Doria 9, Portovenere (SP)||0187 790610|
|TRATTORIA DELLA MARINA||Piazza Marina, 6, Portovenere (SP)||0187 790686|
|(*) TRATTORIA PIZZERIA LA TERRAZZA|
Via Battisti 104, Portovenere (SP)
OTHER SERVICES AVAILABLE IN LE GRAZIE AND PORTOVENERE
All the following services are located in the village at a distance of less than 200 mt. from the boat.
|DIVING||there are 2 Diving available in the Area - see link -|
|RENT OF TENDERS||available on the promenade nearby the Yacht|
|SUPERMARKET||the supermarket is located 40mt from the Yacht|
|FOOD AND WINE SHOPS||there are 5 food and wine shops within 100mt from the Yacht|
|PHARMACY||n.2 Pharmacy available in portovenere and LeGrazie)|
|POST OFFICE||at the end of the village)|
|TOBACCONIST and BOOKSHOP||in the promenade|
|BARBERSHOP AND HAIRDRESSER||n. 3 available in the village|
|BANK with ATM||in the promenade)|
|CHURCH||SANTA MARIA DELLE GRAZIE - 50mt from the Yach|