Perfect Location to Explore the Area
"My wife and I just spent 11 great nights at this well appointed and comfortable condo. The condos two greatest assets for us are the location and the view. The third asset that is very important if you have a rental car as we did, is the private garage. I could not even begin to imagine the frustration of trying to park in Portovenere without a private space. The condo offers a fabulous view of the water which we enjoyed very much. The view and activity on the water was a constant source of entertainment as we passed time on the terrace enjoying the morning sun or a late afternoon cocktail. Portovenere we have decided was the perfect place to use as a base for exploring the area. Not only is the town/village itself attractive and full of good restaurants, shops and interesting streets to explore, (all of which are pretty convenient) but It is easy to get to all of the area attractions from this location. The Cinque Tere is easily accessible by water with boats running all day long. We first considered staying in one of the 5 villages but were very pleased that we didn't. While charming and certainly glad we made the effort to see them, our experience was that they are VERY busy with tourists during the day to the point that we had difficulty enjoying ourselves as we jostled for position on the narrow streets and interesting boutiques. After a couple of days enjoying the pace of Portovenere, we were stressed by the hustle and bustle of the 5 villages. In fact we had friends staying in one of the villages. They made a day trip to visit us during their stay and readily agreed that Portovenere had much of the same charm, was considerably less crowded, and offered more to see. The other advantage of this location is that it is easy to drive to the many other area attractions. We visited San Terenzo, Lerici and Lucca on easy day trips. Pisa and Carrara are other day trips that can be made comfortably from Portovenere. The condo itself is well equipped. The kitchen had everything that would be needed to prepare basic meals in, although we never prepared more than some light snacks. There is a medium sized market about 1 block away that has most everything you would need. We enjoyed stopping in different shops for fresh fruit, breads, sliced meats and wine. There are also full size grocery stores in La Spezia which is a 20+ minute drive. Sarah the owner is great to deal with. Very responsive and service oriented. We were very pleased."
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