GULF OF POETS
The Gulf of Poets as well as the Gulf of La Spezia is characterized by medieval villages overlooking the sea, wild nature, crystal clear water, ancient traditions and unique culinary specialties. This land inspired poets and writers such as
Shelley, Byron, Petrarca e Montale.
Lerici is an ancient fishing village dominated by a castle overlooking the sea and its colorful houses overlooking the alleyways (caruggi). The territory of Lerici includes other village such as San Terenzo, with its castle, Villa Magni inhabited by Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley and Villa Marigola with a wonderful view of the Venere Azzurra beach. Tellaro is an ancient medieval village characterized by fishing boats in the square on the sea and the old church of St. George. Tellaro also known as the enchanted village. Between Pugliola and Solaro there is Villa Cochrane, known as Villa Rezzola, surrounded by a park of eucalyptus, oaks and cypresses. Other villages are La Serra and Pozzuolo, on the top of the hills surrounded by olive-trees, Senato and Solaro, a small village overlooking the Gulf.
Portovenere is an old fishing village clinging to the St. Peter promontory of St. Peter, a little gem in the Riviera di Levante, it is characterized by pastel colored tower houses. In front of Porto Venere there are the islands: Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto, all making up part of the "Regional Natural Park of Porto Venere" and they are inserts on the Unesco World Eritage List .
The territory of Portovenere includes also Le Grazie and Fezzano, two small fishing villages.
La Spezia, port town, on the Gulf of Poets between Lerici and Portovenere, overlooking the Ligurian Sea and protected behind by green hills. The city is characterized by palaces and art nouveau buildings, churches and ancient square. The principal museums are: "Amedeo Lia" museum of ancient and medieval art; the Museum of the Seal; "G. Podenzana” Ethnographic Museum; Technical Naval Museum; Modern and Contemporary Art Centre and the National Museum of Transport.
La Spezia has one of the greatest naval arsenal of Italy and it is one of the largest commercial ports in the Mediterranean Sea.
Cinque Terre are five fishing villages overlooking the sea, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso.
They are known all over the world for the typical colored houses, the crystal water and the terraced fields.
The Cinque Terre are part of National Park and Unesco World Eritage.
Sarzana is a medieval old town near the Tuscany border, surrounded by the fortress wall. Land of bishops and emperors. The territory of Sarzana includes Sarzanello, you can visit the ancient fortress with a panoramic views and Marinella di Sarzana, beaches area with equipped beaches .
Versilia is the territory extending from Apuan Alps to San Rossore Park in the north western of Tuscany. It is characterised by long sandy beaches and coastal dunes, especially between Viareggio and Torre Del Lago. Here, there are the famous tourist localities:
Forte dei Marmi, Viareggio, Marina di Pietrasanta and Lido di Camaiore.