Posted by: Debra Kolkka | June 1, 2012

Lunch in Portovenere

Deciding where to eat in Portovenere is never easy. There are lots of great looking places along the waterfront.


My favourite little fishing boat in its usual place.



There are also some interesting places in the street above the harbour.


We wandered up to the church on the point to see the gorgeous view.




Take a close look at the ledge. There are some old coins corroding there.


Directly below the church we spotted Le Bocche. It looked too good to pass by.


Lunch was delicious.








The restaurant is right at the end of the point where the boats pass on their way to Cinque Terre.


The day was overcast and a bit dull when we arrived, but steadily improved. By the time we left the water was sparkling in the sun.



Even the pigeons are relaxed here.


There are always lots of seaside souvenirs to buy.



Brand new figs are on the trees.


And the Signora is still waiting for her ship to come in.



It is good to know that some things don’t change.


  1. Please, Deb. Please can I come and have lunch there with you? I want to sit at the edge of the cliff, and look out over the waves, and eat anchovies on toast.. xx

    • I would love to have lunch here with you…and don’t forget the pesto.

  2. Wow, Debra, these photographs are so stunning and so is this place! Nice job. Toni

    • Thank you. Portovenere is one of our favourite places to visit.

  3. Porto Venere is such a magic place! And the food looks delicious!!

    • We go as often as we can to Portovenere. It is also a good jumping off point for the Cinque Terre.

  4. Goodness, the view from the church is breathtaking! Hope you have a great weekend, Deb!

    • The whole area is incredibly beautiful.

  5. I love Portovenere and the Cinque Terre, having spent a wonderful week there many years ago now.
    Lovely to see your beautiful photos. Happy days!

    • On a fine day Portovenre sparkles in the sun….beautiful.

  6. This is the first summer in 15 years that I don’t expect to be at the seaside in Italy. Looking at your photos is making me ache!

    • Hopefully you will be back soon.

  7. This was a lovely post Debra! Hugs!

    • You should visit Portovenere. It is only 2 hours away.

  8. Everything in your day looked perfect. Sigh…..

  9. OMG! I want your life!

    • I have to admit that my life is pretty good.

  10. Love the pics Deb and the food!

    • Those anchovies were excellent.

  11. I want to ride that boat but it looks so small, like it might tip over after a small wave.

  12. What a lovely place. As usual your photos are wonderful! I especially liked your favorite little boat!

    • I have watched it come in with its catch of fish occasionally.

  13. Oh my, Debra. I feel like hating you with those pictures of slices of flesh. I’m about crying missing Europe oh so badly now.

    • When is your next visit?

  14. I just got back from Italy and I’m missing the food and the scenery! Thanks for such a beautiful post…

    • There is much to miss about lovely Italy when you are not here.

  15. This is an area that we haven’t visited. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures!

    • The whole Ligurian coastline is gorgeous.

  16. That statue of the Signora says it all. She looks so forlorn. She’s certainly waiting for a ship to come in.

    Is Portovenere one of the Cinque Terre towns? I’ve been to the Cinque Terre, but it’s been so many years…

    • I always visit her when I go to Portovenere. I have done several posts on the town and she appears occasionally. Portovenere is just south of the Cinque Terre. It is 11 kilometres from La Spezia and in the season there are boats between the towns.

  17. What a fabulous place to have lunch. “)

    • The setting is gorgeous and the food delicious.

  18. Anup is looking very handsome.

    • I will be sure to pass that on.

  19. How beautiful! My favorite is the anchovies, signora, and the fig tree.. all wonderful though! Thank you, Debra! you made my weekend as usual!

    • Those anchovies were delicious

  20. Lunch looks delicious!! Love Signora- her pose is perfect!!

    • She is waiting patiently for who knows what.

  21. WOW! Amazing shots!! The food pics are phenomenal! I’m hungry now…

    • Thank you. I could eat some of those anchovies right now.

  22. Thanks for another great post . We are planing to
    visit Portovenere when we come to Bagni di Lucca
    and I love anchovies!!! . can’t wait to eat there ,
    the food looks delicious .

    • You will love Poryovenere. I hope you get a nice day.

  23. Looking through those ancient archways makes me wonder about what eyes have looked through there over time and what they saw – it’s always thrilled me to stand in such places – that’s such a beautiful place.

    • I often walk here and wonder who has gone before me.

  24. Lovely photos, Debs! How the day improved as we went along! Your photos capture the spirit of the place!

    • We had a great day on lovely Portovenere and lucky for us, the sun came out.

  25. Definitely yet ANOTHER place to add to the always growing list of “Must Do’s” for the next visit, or the next one, or the one after that 🙂

  26. I would love to have lunch there! 🙂 Looks amazing! I love the photo looking out of the arches down into the ocean and rocky shore. Gorgeous!

  27. we are spending a few days in Lerici before we reach Ponte a Serraglio so will probably pop up to Portovenere for lunch ourselves one day. Have you been to Locanda Lorena on Isola Palmeria? I can definitely recommmend it!

    • I haven’t been to Isola Palmeria, but it looks beautiful and I will definitely try the restaurant when I go, thank you.

  28. Wow, Debra, you’ve got some lovely photos here. I run a weekly travel challenge, would love you to join in if you’re interested. This week’s theme is oceans, in honour of World Oceans Day. xxx Ailsa

  29. […] Portovenere is a favourite day trip. We had a memorable lunch there with our friends Anup and Poorna. […]

  30. […] Portovenere is on the Ligurian coast, just north of La Spezia. It is one of our regular day trips. We have also stayed overnight in the Grand Hotel, which offers fabulous views over the town. The coastline here is spectacular and there are a couple of tiny streets full of interesting shops, restaurants and places to buy delicious pesto, produced in the area from the very best basil. […]

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