The sea village of Tellaro is a place frozen in time, a place full of magic and history – a nirvana between the sea and the sky, between the rocks and the green hills, as described by the Italian poet Mario Soldati. It is a tucked away shelter that keeps its visitors far from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. In 2004, Tellaro joined the “I Borghi più Belli d’Italia” Club, an association of small historical Italian towns, whose aim is to preserve and maintain both architectural heritage and local traditions. There’s nothing quite like Tellaro – close your eyes and imagine a small cove surrounded by verdant bush and sheer majestic rocks dropping into blue, crystal-clear waters.
The pastel-pink church of San Giorgio is right on the sea and it is surrounded by traditional Ligurian houses, set close together in the narrow streets called “carruggi”. Looking at the village from the Ligurian Sea, you cannot help but notice that it sits on the headland as if it was about to sail off.
Here history blurs with legend – centuries ago, Tellaro was attacked by the Saracen pirates and legend has it that a giant octopus sprung from the sea and rang the church bells to alert all the citizens, allowing them to escape.
Tellaro is not only a place to rest, but is a genuine shelter. Mario Soldati, the great Italian writer and producer, moved in a beautiful villa just over the water and under the wonderful oak and olive trees that slope down softly to the sea. He enjoyed wandering through the tiny little carruggi leading to the bay and resting on the shore, enraptured by the magical atmosphere of this village.
The Italian poet Attilio Bertolucci was no exception, and here in Tellaro he rediscovered his poetic inspiration. In 1913, the writer D. H. Lawrence decided to moved to Fiascherino, at «Casa Rosa», for almost a year and wrote: “Here it’s very beautiful. I sit on the rock-cliffs in front of the sea for the whole day and I write. I tell you that it is a dream”.