PORTOVENERE IN A SUBMARINE
Change your perspective and explore the Bay of Poets from a different point of view: underwater, in a “submarine”! And once you've emerged from a seabed teeming with fish and seagrass, you can continue to discover the charm of Porto Venere ashore, exploring the different areas of the town.
- Semi-submarine excursion at sea
- Byron's Cave or mussel and oyster farms, depending on weather conditions
- Church of San Pietro: external visit
- Doria Castle: external visit
- Town of Porto Venere, with free time
- You'll arrive in Porto Venere, but will come back to visit it later, with more time. Now though it's time to board the Nemo: a futuristic semi-submarine with a special see-through hull. The underwater tour begins: all kinds of fish, meadows of seagrass, giant molluscs.
- Weather and visibility permitting, you'll also travel to Byron's Cave or to the mussel and oyster farms in the bay. This cave, which is up to 20 meters deep, is shrouded in mystery: it is said that the poet Lord Byron, also known for his reputation as a cursed poet, arrived here after an 8-kilometer swim to reach his friend, the poet Shelley, who was staying in nearby Lerici at the time. Legend or truth, let's get back on dry land for a walk around the town.
- Starting from the church of San Pietro overlooking the sea above Byron's Cave and Doria Castle which was built in around 1500. Remember to have your smartphone to hand: it's worth it! A tip for your free time: enjoy a glass of sciacchetrà, the sweet wine of the Cinque Terre, it's excellent and it's only made here.
- At the end, the bus will take us all back to the ship.
Good to know
- During the tour, a local guide will provide assistance and information in Italian and English.
- This is one of the most popular excursions so book early.