Besides the steps and the elevator locating along the wharf, there is another, more eventful way to walk up to the Lerici Castle: If you want see Lerici’s beating heart, try and walk through the “carruggi”, the narrow streets stretching between houses with red roofs and painted walls. These structured houses hide small terraces with spectacular views of the Gulf. Choose this path and discover the real Lerici vibe!
Tellaro has often been reviewed as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, and this should be enough to convince you to go there. Still, we would like to tell you about its beautiful sunsets. Don’t miss the moment when the warm sunlight shines on the jumble of pastel buildings creating a unique atmosphere, and make sure you walk down to the little harbour to see the sun that slowly sinks into the sea. This spectacular panorama will enchant you!
Lerici and its surrounding area hosted many Italian and foreign artists and intellectuals. Lord Byron and Percy and Mary Shelley decided to move to Villa Magni, in San Terenzo, and lived there for a number of years. Next to this Villa is the charming Shelley Park. During the warm, summer nights it hosts cultural and theatrical performances. If you wish to take a dip into our history and culture, make sure you don’t miss this tour!
If you like hiking, Lerici is the perfect place for you! Here you can find plenty of different paths – from those right on the sea, to ones in the bush. Whatever one you chose, you will enjoy mesmerizing views of the Gulf of Poets. If you wish to plunge back into the past and enjoy breathtaking views, we recommend to you the very peculiar (and steep!) mule track between Tellaro and Barbazzano. Situated in the middle of a Roman olive grove, it perfectly combines urban and natural settings.
If you have an adventurous spirit and you love to discover new and quiet places, you should definitely sail around the gulf. Due to its rock configuration, the Lerici coast hides a myriad bays and coves that can only be reached by sea. Sail around the gulf and enjoy these mysterious and fascinating spots where nature is at its’ finest and the “macchia mediterranea” drops into the sea.
Enjoy a beautiful day far from the crowd, in the mesmerizing inlet that hides the “Caletta”. You can reach this wonderful spot either by sea or down the steps from Maralunga (on the road to Tellaro). But the real magic of this place is hidden in its depths – in the first century BC, a big ship sunk while transporting marble from Carrara to Provence, and the wreck, as well as a part of a massive white column, are still underwater. Dive down and discover these ruins and the sealife that now live on them.
This thrilling journey starts from the majestic castle of Lerici and, in particular, the chapel of Saint Anastasia, which still features three incontestable evidences of the Templar Order – a cross, a standard-bearing lamb and a cross-bearing lamb. Then you can continue the journey through the “carruggi” and reach the old war-tower in the very center of Lerici. Today the tower is the bell-tower of the Saint Roch church, and inside you can find an old, pedunculated cross – another symbol of the Templars.
Walk up to the hills of Pugliola and you will find four Templars crosses on the bell-tower of San Nicolò and Santa Lucia churches.
On the hills above Lerici, in a place called Monti di San Lorenzo, during the summer solstice and in the following days you can enjoy a unique and mystical spectacle. At sunset, the sunlight slips between the standing stones creating a butterfly of light. The golden butterfly will be visible for almost a month: from late May to late July. There are hundreds of theories about the meaning of this prehistoric butterfly, but the most reliable one links the phenomenon to the shamanic cosmogony. This mystical wonder will amaze you and give a hint of magic to your holiday.
The Gulf of Poets coast is bookended by two beautiful castles linked by a breathtaking promenade along the sea. This promenade was recognised as a “Meraviglia italiana” (Italian Wonder), a prize given by the National Youth Forum during the 150th anniversary of Italian unification on March 17th, 2011. Take a walk along this promenade and enjoy the beauty of the traditional Ligurian houses on one side and the marvel of our sea on the other.
At the end of August, the peculiar village of La Serra hosts the very renowned “Sagra da Lumaga” (Snail Festival). What makes this festival so fantastic is that it takes place in the very center of the village – the dinner tables are placed all over the narrow streets of La Serra, right in between the houses. Together with many of the most traditional Ligurian delicacies, here you can taste the delicious “lumache” stew, prepared according to nonnas’ recipe – make sure you don’t miss it! If you love Ligurian cuisine and architecture, this festival should definitely be on your to-do list!