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Cinque Terre/Portovenere Beach Apartment with Great Views

Bedrooms 2
Space 753 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

Casa Bella is located in the amazing fisherman's village of Portovenere (just listed by New York Times as one of the top 45 most beautiful places to visit on earth and one of the UNESCO world heritage sites), not to mention one of the most beautiful and romantic villages of the Italian Riviera! Portovenere is the perfect hub for visiting the CinqueTerre yet less crowded and less touristy. The apartment is very conveniently located just a five minute walk from the historical center and from local restaurants, supermarkets, beaches, and the ferry dock. From April-October ferries regularly depart for the CinqueTerre villages.

Casa Bella is a two bedroom one bathroom apartment with a fantastic view and a nice terrace overlooking the Poet's Gulf. Upon entering to your right is the dining table that seats up to six and the living room area with a big window that overlooks the panoramic terrace. To your left is a small but well equipped kitchen with microwave, dishwasher,coffee maker,etc. There are two bedrooms. One of the bedrooms has two single beds and the master bedroom has a queen-size bed and two extra bunk beds for children. The master bedroom also has a great sea view. The bathroom has a shower. There is also a washing machine and air conditioning unit.

This is the perfect set up for two couples or for a family. The owner,Sarah is American and supplies a very helpful housebook with lots of local information and is very easy to communicate with. She is also usually available during your stay for any assistance or questions you might have. For those wishing to visit the area without a car, the owner is happy to pick guests up upon arrival at the train station in La Spezia free of charge (when possible). A driver is available at extra cost for those wishing to be picked up at the airport or upon departure.

A 70 euro final cleaning fee is required for all reservation and is to be paid in loco.

The owner also owns 2 larger inland villas in the vicinity of the CinqueTerre for larger groups of 6-10 people which are also listed on VRBO.

Keywords: Apartment,Portovenere,Cinque Terre,Rentals,Portovenere,villa rentals,villa vacation

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Sarah Ferrari
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2018

About Sarah Ferrari

My name is Sarah Ferrari and I have been living in Italy for over 20 years. I found my love in husband Franco almost 15 years ago. I was so lucky to move to the beautiful area of La Spezia which offers so many alternatives for an outdoorsey like myself. My husband's family has owned this property since it was constructed in the 60's along with a few other properties in the area and I have been managing it for over 10 years and catering to mostly American and Australian clients.

Sarah Ferrari purchased this apartment in 1965

What makes this apartment unique

Portovenere is an amazing little village. If you are able to live like a local and just enjoy the great food, excellent wine and watch amazing sunsets you will go home with many memories that will last lifetime. Daily hikes ending in refreshing swims in the Med are also just amazing. I can also help you find some of the "off the beaten path" things to discover!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Sarah and Family,

We really enjoyed our stay in your apartment; the magnificent view from your balcony is relaxing and therapeutic. From here we visited la spezia, le CinqueTerre, L'Isola Palmaria and also our native town in the Lazio region. Our daily trips to Conad and to the panetteria Nikla were very enjoyable- the quality of their products is unsurpassed. The evening "passeggiata"by the seaside,Byron's cove, the activity and changing views in the harbour, the ice cream and great food, eere very enjoyable. We are now more relaxed than we have been in a long time. We are sorry to leave but hope to come back.
Jul 2007
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Porto Venere Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 753 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa in living room can be made into a double, Bunk Beds (1) The bunk beds are located in the master bedroom
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Cinque Terre/Portovenere Beach Apartment with Great Views
average rating of 4.878788 based on 40 reviews

Beautiful View and EXCELLENT location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here so that we were close to Cinque Terre, yet not caught in the heavy tourist area. We actually liked Portovenere BETTER than Cinque Terre. The condo has a wonderful view and the patio was great for relaxing with coffee or wine. The location could not have been more convenient; the grocery store is at the bottom of the hill, a bakery is directly across the street, the ferry was a very short walk of about 5 minutes. Additionally, restaurants and shopping are all within just a few minutes walk. We loved staying on the Mediterranean. Our only obstacle was getting the car out of the garage (the roads are very narrow!!). But we learned that if you drive all the way up the hill, there is a spot at the top where one can turn around the vehicle. Overall, we give this condo a top rating!!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely beautiful. Pure magic.

  • 5 of 5

The town of Portovenere is a little slice of heaven. So charming. So magical. Thank you Sarah for everything. Would love to come back one day.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful apartment in a beautiful spot!

  • 5 of 5

This picture of the balcony is the main reason for choosing this apartment! We fell in love with it and Porto Venere. I admit I was a bit nervous about renting here for our trip to the Cinque Terre. It is not actually in the Cinque Terre, and it is not served by the trains. All that turned out to be FANTASTIC, and we could not have been happier with our stay in Porto Venere and this property.

Let's start with Sarah, the owner, a delightful Texan who could not have been more helpful and accommodating. She was very responsive in the weeks before our arrival, and upon arrival we felt so welcomed and charmed by her hospitality! (A minor plumbing issue was handled immediately, I think by Sarah herself.) She showed us her favorite spots (all wonderful) and arranged our departure taxi (right on time). A most excellent host!

The apartment itself was so warm and inviting, with a large dining table, two comfortable bedrooms (one with an amazing view over the harbor), and a small kitchen that was perfectly adequate for my best friend and me. And that balcony! There were mornings and evenings that we did not want to leave it. Watching the sun rise over the harbor, drinking coffee with my BFF, is a memory I'll always cherish.

The ferries run from Porto Venere to 4 of the 5 Cinque Terre villages, but they are subject to cancellation due to weather, choppy seas, anything that the captains decide make the journey unsafe. No worries! Simply hop the bus (buy tickets in the machine by the supermarket -- choose Zone 3 for La Spezia), and for a few euros and 20 minutes, you'll be at the bus stop in La Spezia. A 10-minute walk later and you're on the train bound for your first Cinque Terre city. It was very easy (and much cheaper than the ferry)! While we enjoyed our visits to the villages, we were ready to get back to our Porto Venere home every evening. It was peaceful, beautiful, and really a magical place.

Notes: the property is located uphill, so you'll have a nice walk up the street every evening when you head back. Also it is up a few flights of stairs with no elevators, so be prepared to haul your own stuff up. It is well worth it, I promise!

If I return to Porto Venere, and I hope I do, I would want to stay in this apartment. It was everything we wished for, and more!

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review! I so appreciate the time you have taken to leave me these kind words. I look forward to having you back hopefully some time soon!!!!
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  • 4 of 5

Spent a wonderful 4 days at Sarah's apt, which is in a spectacular location. We witnessed the most wonderful sun rises and had a lovely time sitting on the balcony enjoying the evenings. Apartment is in a perfect little town. Beds very comfortable, kitchen small but adequate. Hills and steps up to apt. so be warned. Portovenere is a great jumping off point to Cinque Terre, and our group was so pleased we had chosen to stay in Portovenere rather than in one of the Cinque Terre villages. Our stay was very memorable and we would definitely return and stay in this apartment.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

We loved our stay in the apartment, loved having drinks on the balcony in the afternoon & evenings. The view was just stunning

The apartment was very well equipped & we loved the bottles of wine Thank you so much Sarah, they were much appreciated.

Loved Portovenere & we were very sad to leave. If we were to return we would definitely stay in your beautiful apartment again.

Thanks again Sarah

Bev, Mark & the Jens

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Well decorated apartment with a stunning view

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Sarah's beautiful property for about a week in August after reading reviews about the great views from the apartment and that Portovenere was lower-key than neighboring Cinque Terre but still served as a perfect gateway to the five towns. The reviews were right. We spent time every night enjoying the view with a glass of wine (thank you, Sarah!) before we headed out to dinner at Tre Torri (our favorite restaurant in town). During our stay, we spent more time exploring Portovenere than Cinque Terre because it was so much less busy and had so much to offer (beautiful beaches and sightseeing, delicious gelato and restaurants, etc.). On the days we wanted to hike and explore Cinque Terre, we took the ferry (5 minute walk from the apartment) which was a relaxing way to get the best views of Cinque Terre. Thank you for sharing your beautiful property with us, Sarah! We hope to return someday!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful review and I am so sorry that we were not able to meet. I hope you will come back in the near future so I can share a few more other places that I love so much!!!
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Bar Lamia
Nearest Ferry
300 Metres
Portovenere dock
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
La Spezia
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
La Spezia
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
Locanda LUcciola
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $235.57

A security deposit 200 euros is required and 70 euro final cleaning fee will be deducted from your deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.