Next moon, different perspective

Portovenere, Manarola, Vernazza

Nikon D810, 300mm (Sigma 150-600 mm ƒ/5.0-6.3) 1/13 sec ƒ/11 ISO 64

Nikon D810, 300mm (Sigma 150-600 mm ƒ/5.0-6.3) 1/13 sec ƒ/11 ISO 64

Due to the conformation of the coast and the presence of the near island of Palmaria, Portovenere provided an ideal shelter for the ships of the Romans who, in the first century B.C., established here a military port. Portovenere is connected to the “Cinque Terre” (“Five Lands”, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso) via a trail that runs up on the mount along the coast. The Cinque Terre are connected to each others by the Via dell’Amore (Love Trail), a truly lovely walk, now closed between Riomaggiore and Corniglia, undergoing reconstruction since the 2011 flood. Parking in the villages is scarce, so the best way to visit is now the train from La Spezia or from Genova, but it’s worth it. You can still walk the upper trail from Porto Venere to Levanto, next to Monterosso.

Portovenere

Là fuoresce il tritone

dai flutti che lambiscono
le soglie d’un cristiano
tempio, ed ogni ora prossima
è antica. Ogni dubbiezza
si conduce per mano
come una fanciulletta amica.
Là non è chi si guardi
o stia di sé in ascolto.
Quivi sei alle origini
e decidere è stolto:

ripartirai più tardi per assumere un volto.

(Eugenio Montale)

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