Quick Facts about Lerici:
Province: La Spezia
Destination: Seaside Town
Currency: Euro, previously Lira
Best Known For: Great Seafood, fewer crowds, breathtaking ocean views
Epic Poetry : The area is part of the Gulf of Poets, named because it has for centuries attracted and inspired poets including Shelley and Byron.
The Funeral of Shelley: Less than a month before his thirtieth birthday, poet Percy Bysshe Shelley drowned in a storm on the Gulf of Spezia while returning from to Lerici in his sailing boat, the Don Juan.
The walk from Lerici to it’s interior sister city Tellaro is an experience everyone must have when they head to Italian coast. The small fishing village of Tellaro perched on right off the Gulf of La Spezia, not far from its more famous cousin Cinque Terre. This sea side village with lots of personality is easily one of the most stunning cities in Italy. Castles and beaches are only a few of the things you'll fall in love with.
…at Tenute La Ghiaia. Head back to La Spezia for a stay at a country style villa where the wine flows like water. The intimate grounds only holds a few families so you won’t run into crowds at breakfast and no noise complaints in the evening. Sleep steps away for the vineyard and collect a couple of bottles of wine to watch Italian dubbed Sex and the City in your own suite. The extras help too: receive a remote to the gate to come and go freely while securing your belongings from outsiders. Stay in and watch the sunset over the vineyard while sipping vino and noshing on authentic Parmesan and prosciutto.
…steps from the beach. While their rooms may be aesthetically lacking, these hotels are literally on the water. The newly built Lido di Lericiboast a modern Grecian decor and ocean views (the lounge areas overlook the beach). The fresh and bright Europa Grand Hotel is a cool sanctuary of white that sits on the Gulf of Poets. Stroll to nearby seafood restaurants al fresco in the Lerici center and watch the boats drift into the harbour at sunset.
…in your very own (temporary) beach pad. AirBnB has tons of inexpensive inventory nearby for a few days or weeks.
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…fresh Italian-seafood fusion at Taverna La Zigoela. The 5Terre.com tour boat captain of the La Zigeola knows his way around the sea and owns a restaurant in the city filled with only the freshiest catches. Cooked creatively, to say the least. Order the Grilled octopus with parmentier, grab a seat inside the beer barrel and ask for a local brew that pairs well with wild boar and polenta. Insider tip: Don’t leave without eating at least 3 strawberry panna cottas.
… the winding streets and maze of alleys that line the Lerici commune center. Plant yourself along the harbour or on the small strip of beach at the end of the day for the best views of sunset (of and out of the water).
…hiking the foot trails of Monterosso. This famous colorful village located in La Spezia is just a short bus ride away.
…San Terenzo Castle. Overlooking the water and town of Lerici is San Terenzo Castle. Although the is not much beyond the castle walls, the view more than makes up for it.