Casa dei Poeta 1 is aptly named, as it offers a spectacular view over the famous "Gulf of Poets", made famous by Byron and Shelly, each of who wrote endless poems describing the beauty of the area. The apartment is on the second floor of a two-story building, within easy walking distance to the historical center of the charming, medieval fishing town of Portovenere. Just down the road are restaurants, cafes, and a grocery store. The casa even boasts its own garage, which, in Portovenere, is quite a blessing as parking is very hard to come by. Centrally located, the apartment offers a great base in which to explore the fabled Cinque Terre area, and to venture farther a field to Lucca and Pisa. Casa dei Poeta 1 is a perfect rental for a family of four to six. If members in your party number up to 10, consider renting the apartment next door, Casa dei Poeta 2. Prices are for high season $5250/week, mid-season $4410/week, and low season $3150/week. Please inquire for more information.
Linens and final cleaning are included in the weekly rental price. A crib and high chair are available upon request.
The bright, cozy living/dining area is to your right as you enter the apartment. The living area offers comfortable sofas (one of which converts to a double bed) and chairs, and the dining table seats up to six guests. Also included in the living area are a stereo/CD player and a television with satellite. French doors access the lovely terrace where there is a small table and two chairs for enjoying an aperetif while gazing out at the breathtaking view. To the left is a very nice, small kitchen that was renovated in June 2001. The kitchen has a stovetop, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, and American coffee maker along with all of the necessary appliances (juicer, blender, etc.). Straight ahead is one of the two bedrooms, offering two twin beds, a small closet, and dresser drawers. Down the small corridor is the bathroom, which has a shower, sink, toilet, bidet, and new washing machine. The second bedroom is the master bedroom with queen bed, a set of bunk beds, and a splendid view onto the gulf.
In August you'll find many small festivals in Italy. Look for brightly-colored posters for a festa or sagra on weekends in August, where you can usually sample inexpensive regional food. Many Italians take vacations in August, often to the seaside, so you're more likely to find small festivals there. You may run across a medieval festival that includes people dressed in medieval costumes. There are also many outdoor music performances in August. The Miracle of the White Madonna is celebrated with a torchlight procession in the Ligurian seaside village of Portovenere on August 17. The entire village is lit up and candles are placed in the water along the waterfront. It makes for quite a magical sight! The Church of San Lorenzo was built in the 12th century and has a romanesque facade. Damage from cannon fire, the worst in 1494, caused the church and belltower to be rebuilt several times. The 15th century marble alterpiece holds a small painting of the White Madonna. According to legend, the image was brought here in 1204 from the sea and was miraculously transformed into its present form on August 17, 1399.