Portofino is one of those places you just have to visit in your lifetime. In a great location between the mountains and the sea, Portofino is an idyllic and exclusive village. So exclusive, in fact, that you can only arrive by a small road which dead-ends in the town and is controlled (when lots of people come, they block the road and latecomers must wait their turn) or by boat (the best way, if you have the possibility). You'll be welcomed by colorful houses and spectacular terraces, a charming harbor with luxury yachts, and a viewpoint perfect for postcard-worthy shots.
This town is on the southern end of a peninsula where the Ligurian rivera on one side and the western Gulf of La Spezia (also known as the Gulf of Poets) on the other, converge. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries Porto Venere was a major attraction with famous guests such as Lord Byron. Currently its charm is still intact and its popularity has increased in recent years thanks to its declaration as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 (with the Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto islands and the Cinque Terre zone).
In addition to the visit to Portofino, the bus took us close to Camogli, which is a small fishing village that thanks to its clean water, has actually become a beach destination for people from Genoa. In this beautiful place several films have been shot like Ink Heart (Inkheart). You can enjoy a spectacular ice cream cone while strolling along the promenade. Besides, several restaurants and pizzerias with Italian décor and the beautiful view of the sea.
Corniglia is the smallest town of the five villages that make up the Cinque Terre (The Five Lands) and is the one situated in the middle of the five. It is a place of outstanding beauty. Le Cinque Terre was declared to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1997. Corniglia is not directly connected with the sea, in the same way as the other four towns are, but it is on a rocky promontory, surrounded by vineyards, something very unusual. You can access it climbing a steep staircase .... Or by car coming from the train station. It is a worthwhile trip.
Located on an inlet of the Ligurian Riviera Levante, Lerici is one of the many gems to be found in the territory over which it stands: the Gulf of Poets, in its day was a spot for established poets. The mild climate year-round and the beauty of the green hills that surround Lerici make it an ideal destination for either long stays or for weekends. It is a great spot to enjoy sun, art, and great food. The municipality includes not only the Gulf between the castles of San Terenzo and Lerici - including Venere Azzurra beach - but also small towns scattered across the hills. In fact, Lerici is located in the Regional National Park Montemarcello-Magra (http://www.parcomagra.it/), a large protected area. Ultimately, Lerici is perfect for anyone looking for tranquility, relaxation, contact with nature and the sea, also offering full proposals and unique to sports lovers, gastronomy, art and culture .
My visit was of one day from Riomaggiore Monterroso, seeing each of the villages of Cinque Terre. Going from one place to another on a train which every so often passes by all of the villas. They are small, cozy and very happy with their colorful houses clustered on the cliffs. Worth.