Porto Venere

And the renowned port of Venere,
safe under any wind and capacious enough
for all the fleets that under heaven
exist
———Francesco Petrarca,

Itinerarium breve de Ianua usque ad Ierusalem et Terram Sanctam (1358)  

  See the wall encircling the town?  The houses on the waterfront were laid as homes, but designed to function as city wall when the Republic of Genoa took over the city in 1139.  July 19, 2016, iPhone 6 Plus.

See the wall encircling the town?  The houses on the waterfront were laid as homes, but designed to function as city wall when the Republic of Genoa took over the city in 1139.  July 19, 2016, iPhone 6 Plus.