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Dimora Storica in the Gulf of Poets: the history of Grand Hotel Portovenere

Dimora Storica in the Gulf of Poets: the history of Grand Hotel Portovenere

Dimora Storica in the Gulf of Poets: the history of Grand Hotel Portovenere

Dimora Storica in the Gulf of Poets: the history of Grand Hotel Portovenere

The Fortress of Varignano - Portovenere, Italy - was erected in 1724 under the rule of the Republic of Genoa. It was used initially as a storage area for goods and as a lazzaretto, or quarantine station for maritime travelers. In 1808, it was converted into a military station under the Napoleonic regime. Eventually it was also used as a high-security prison and a military hospital. It even hosted Italian general and nationalist Giuseppe Garibaldi, one of Italy’s “fathers of the fatherland”.

The Fortress of Varignano - Portovenere, Italy - was erected in 1724 under the rule of the Republic of Genoa. It was used initially as a storage area for goods and as a lazzaretto, or quarantine station for maritime travelers. In 1808, it was converted into a military station under the Napoleonic regime. Eventually it was also used as a high-security prison and a military hospital. It even hosted Italian general and nationalist Giuseppe Garibaldi, one of Italy’s “fathers of the fatherland”.

Exploring Castello Doria in Portovenere, Liguria

Exploring Castello Doria in Portovenere, Liguria

Map of ancient Luni, Liguria

Map of ancient Luni, Liguria

Borgata di Portovenere: the racing team in the Palio of the Gulf

Borgata di Portovenere: the racing team in the Palio of the Gulf

Lord Byron was another poet that fell in love with Portovenere. It is said that he would meditate in a cave located under the Church of St. Peter. “Grotta Arpaia” is today also known as “Grotta Byron”. The sign that welcomes you to this magical place reads “This grotto was the inspiration of Lord Byron. It records the immortal poet who as a daring swimmer defied the waves of the sea from Portovenere to Lerici”.

Lord Byron was another poet that fell in love with Portovenere. It is said that he would meditate in a cave located under the Church of St. Peter. “Grotta Arpaia” is today also known as “Grotta Byron”. The sign that welcomes you to this magical place reads “This grotto was the inspiration of Lord Byron. It records the immortal poet who as a daring swimmer defied the waves of the sea from Portovenere to Lerici”.

Lovely words for a lovely place - Portovenere in Poetry: an ode by Eugenio Montale

Lovely words for a lovely place - Portovenere in Poetry: an ode by Eugenio Montale

Hilltop location! Fortezza di Sarzanello, Liguria, Italy. Image from napoleonsites.eu

Hilltop location! Fortezza di Sarzanello, Liguria, Italy. Image from napoleonsites.eu

The Sanctuary of the White Madonna in Portovenere, Liguria

The Sanctuary of the White Madonna in Portovenere, Liguria


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Villa Magni, Shelley's house near Lerici (Liguria), drawn by Daniel Roberts

Villa Magni, Shelley's house near Lerici (Liguria), drawn by Daniel Roberts

Lerici between 1890 and 1900 (Liguria)

Lerici between 1890 and 1900 (Liguria)

Lerici, Liguria, Italy

Lerici, Liguria, Italy

Campanile San Rocco, Lerici

Campanile San Rocco, Lerici

Mercatino Lerici, Italy

Mercatino Lerici, Italy

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Ricetta per la ZUPPA DI PESCE | Cucina Sarda

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Lerici - Italy

Lerici - Italy

Lerici Liguria Italy via Zanelli

Lerici Liguria Italy via Zanelli

Lerici Italy - lived here for a year and I miss it so much!

Lerici Italy - lived here for a year and I miss it so much!

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