San Terenzo Castle
Neighboring Lerici Castle, San Terenzo Castle closes the western end of the Gulf of Poets, and defends the small maritime village of San Terenzo with its quadrangular fortress. It cannot boast an ancient history; it seems it was built in the 1400s, by countrymen ‘with no artillery, stairs, munitions, or guards’ against the raids by the Saracen pirates, the same Turks that gave the name to the grotto that opens up into the rocky promontory where the castle stands.
As the western outpost of the gulf, San Terenzo Castle was a defensive offshoot of the more imposing fortress in Lerici, and can be reached in about thirty minutes via an enchanting footpath along the sea. It has an elegant crenellated tower with a pentagonal foundation and three circular turrets at its edges. The castle has recently been restored, and is worth the brief climb from the square near the sea that leads to its entrance. Today, it hosts exhibitions and cultural events.
Another beautiful walk takes you from Piazzetta Brusacà in San Terenzo – where little fishing boats lie in the shade of pine trees as if they were suspended in time – to the great terrace overlooking the sea, and from here goes around the rock the castle emerges from. A little inlet embraces a beach that is protected from northern winds, becoming the ideal refuge for a warm and sunny pause, even on colder days.
Source: Trame di Lunigiana