If Cinque Terre were ever to pick up an honorary sixth member, Porto Venere would surely be it. Perched on the dreamy Gulf of Poets' western promontory, the village's sinuous seven- and eight-storey harbourfront houses form an almost impregnable citadel around the muscular Castello Doria. The Romans built Portus Veneris as a base en route from Gaul to Spain, and in later years the Byzantines, Lombards, Genovese and...
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