San Terenzo is a small typical Ligurian village that could certainly be considered the other pearl of the Gulf of Poets. With its colorful houses and the castle perched on a rock, it closes, in fact, the small bay of Lerici, in an unbreakable bond of historical heritage and landscape.
Its origins sometimes fade into legend, as we remember the names of some places such as “the tomb of the giant” and “Roland’s rock” which is said to have been broken in two by the fury of the knight.
Already independent in medieval times, it was home to a major hospitable, so its small port, as well as being considered an important trading center, became a favorite destination for the landing of the pilgrims, directed along the route of the Via Francigena, including the monk Terenzio, then Bishop of Luni, sanctified by his martyrdom.
The renovated waterfront that from Lerici permits a pleasant walk from castle to castle, takes the visitor to a progressive approach to the village able to make him grasp the most amazing and beautiful aspects. A small fishermen’s village, with steep narrow streets that from the scenic road lead to the sea, a succession of multi-colored houses overlooking the white sandy beach, a small square where, in the shadow of majestic pines, rest small fishing boats, and finally the castle which from its cliff, seems to protect such beauty.
Even the seventeenth-century church dedicated to the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, built on existing structures of an older church, is a small gem that is well worth a visit, especially for the fifteenth-century bas-relief of Domenico Gare, “the painting of the Madonna dell’Arena”, so called because it was found on the beach (also called arena) after a heavy storm, and therefore still object of worship.
Do not miss a visit to the then small and elegant Park Shelley, which in the summer evenings offers film screenings, theater and storytelling, contemporary art exhibitions and symposia of painting and sculpture in a unique and charming location, next to the magnificent Villa Magni, a favorite residence of the famous English poet and his wife, to whom the park is named.
San Terenzo is, therefore, a place that will enchant for its cozy and peaceful atmosphere, which will invite to walk the promenade to the west, beneath the rocky cliffs and the tower of the castle, where to stay in the sun during the day and admire the lights of the village of Lerici, on the other side of the gulf.
The many restaurants, with their smells of seafood, will finally invite us to a tasty break, in the many outdoor tables in the streets, squares or covered porches that allow us to taste the typical Ligurian dishes in a unique and unforgettable scenario.
Source: Trame di Lunigiana