The Gulf of Poets
The Gulf of La Spezia, also knows as Gulf of Poets, is a drammatically beautiful bay where astonishing coves, steep and woody cliffs give way to burgs and medieval castles just in front of the crystalline Ligurian Sea: Tellaro, Lerici, San Terenzo and Porto Venere on solid ground and the islands Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto a few minutes by boat from the coast. The Gulf is a marvel that has enchanted many poets and artists in the last few centuries.
One of them, surely one of the most famous is Percy Bysshe Shelley who – together with his wife Mary, Frankestein’s author and his pal Lord George Byron – inhabited for a while Villa Magni in San Terenzo. The myth of such great poets inaugurated a fertile season for the Gulf: writers such as D.H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, Henry James and Gabriele D’Annunzio, artists the likes of Arnold Böcklin and William Turner, anthropologist Paolo Mantegazza and more recently Italian director Mario Soldati and journalist Indro Montanelli landed on its shores. To give it the nickname it is famous for, it was comedia player Sem Benelli who wrote his renowed play The Jesters Supper here.
On first arriving in the Gulf of Poets, one cannot be amazed by the incredible spectacle opening to the eyes: green hills overlooking an intense blue sea, small fishermen’s villages with colorful houses and medioeval castles overlooking the bays.
The bay where the villages of Lerici and San Terenzo are, probably is one of the most suggestive places to see with the promontory – which closes in the city of La Spezia and culminates with the village of Portovenere – separating the Gulf from the Cinque Terre’s coast and culminating with the tree islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto.
The view from the sea is one not to be missed. From the water perspective it is possible to fully appreciate the whole of it: from the Caprione promotory with the village of Montemarcello to the Punta Corvo beaches and the hamlets of Tellaro, Lerici and San Terenzo, from the Blue Venus Bay to the commercial port of La Spezia, Portovenere and its islands
From the pier of Lerici, just i front of Piazza Garibaldi, it is possible to take one of the many boats and ferries offered by the Consorzio Marittimo “5 Terre Golfo dei Poeti” so the explore from the sea the natural beauties of the Ligurian Eastern Riviera (and not only).
Source: Trame di Lunigiana