PORTO VENERE ABOVE AND BENEATH THE SEA
A journey into the mysterious depths of the sea, experiencing the thrill of exploring under the water while remaining comfortably dry thanks to a semi-submersible with a transparent hull that offers a close-up view of the underwater world. The charm of Porto Venere continues out of the water, with a walk at your leisure to discover the most picturesque corners of this charming town, not by chance known as the “Pearl of the Gulf of Poets”.
What we will see
- The charming town of Porto Venere
- Sea excursion in a semi-submersible
- Waving seagrass meadows and giant molluscs
- Byron’s Cave or mussel and oyster fields
- Visit Porto Venere at your leisure
- The romantic Church of San Pietro overlooking the sea
- Castello Doria: breathtaking views of the town
What we will do
- We leave the port behind us on a coach for the enchanted town of Porto Venere, one of the jewels of the Gulf of Poets that captivated famous literary figures and poets with its picturesque charm.
- But our first destination is the pier, where we climb aboard a spectacular semi-submersible: seated below deck and looking out through a special windowed hull, we set sail to discover this extraordinary underwater world.
- Below us appear waving seagrass meadows, so important for the health of our seas, and giant molluscs that grow on the sandy sea beds of the Island of Palmaria: we are merely onlookers to an underwater world that gradually reveals its irresistible charm.
- If weather and visibility allow, we will continue to the Cave of Byron, a natural cavity that opens into a cliff with an exceptional setting, topped by the Church of San Pietro and the imposing walls of the Castello Doria.
- Alternatively, we will head to the famous mussel and oyster fields in the Bay of Porto Venere, which stretch as far as the picturesque Island of Palmaria.
- We then return to the pier and disembark for a walk at our leisure in Porto Venere, among its beautiful coloured houses and picturesque alleyways, immersed in an atmosphere of times gone by.
- We can visit the romantic Church of San Pietro overlooking the sea and the impressive Castello Doria, built in around 1500, standing on a rocky outcrop and offering spectacular views of the town.
- At the end of our excursion we will return to the ship with the memory of an unforgettable day.
What you need to know
- This excursion is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.