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The small fishing village of Porto Venere is just a short boat ride away from the famous towns of the Cinque Terre and shares all of its beauty and charms—without the gawking tourists. The port itself is picturesque, but we encourage you to delve a little deeper into the rustic village. You’ll find spectacular ancient ruins, beautiful churches, and even a sprawling ancient castle with panoramic views over the town and the turquoise-hued Ligurian sea.

Avoid the Crowds at These Little Known, Picture Perfect Italian Port Towns

Yahoo TravelJuly 30, 2014

By Krisanne Fordham

Everyone knows (and loves) Positano, Portofino, and the Cinque Terre. But Italy’s home to many lesser-known port towns that are just as beautiful—and free of tourists. Why not consider these beauties for your next Italian coastal getaway?

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