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Portovenere SP, Italy

Mesmerizing Views in Portovenere

South of the Cinque Terre, Portovenere is a dreamy seaside village, set into the hillside--so beautiful that the ancient Romans deemed it the place where the Goddess Venus rose from the sea. It's a perfect spot to take a few days to relax and take sunset strolls with such views as this medieval church of Saint Peter in the distance, or climb around the nearby rocks, to Lord Byron's Cave, where the poet used to meditate.