Lerici, is a town in the province of La Spezia, located at the centre of a small natural cove, known as Seno di Lerici, on a promontory with a castle right on the top, that hosts at present a paleonthological museum. Its territory is included in the Eastern Riviera, exactly on the west side of the Gulf of La Spezia: with its administrative seat and Portovenere, is one of the three municipalities facing the Gulf of Poets, a wider area of unique beauty, which has an essential bond with the great writers of twentieth and nineteenth century. In the same area, there is the village of San Terenzo, which is almost opposite Lerici, the area of Venere Azzurra is in between the two, and Tellaro is further est of Lerici, it is an ancient fishermen village; just before you reach it, you will find Fiascherino, with its two beaches, all these places are well known for their particular landscapes. Besides Tellaro has been included in the circuit of the most beautiful villages of Italy. Lerici, with its sunny summers and the beautiful sea that touches the coast, is mainly covered with Mediterranean maquis, in the past, famous writers spent some time here, such as Lord Byron, Mary and her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, David H. Lawrence, who wrote Lady Chatterley’s lover, and had a passionate love story in Tellaro; not to mention Mario Soldati, writer, journalist and film director; Tellaro was for all of them, a source of inspiration, a home and a safe nest. The economy of the village of Lerici is based essentially on tourism, thanks to the wonders of the territory, and its sandy sea bottom – a rarity in this area – accessible to anyone. The area is part of the Natural Regional Park of Montemarcello-Magra, established to safeguard the flora and fauna, here it is possible to bump into one of the so called “cavanei”, a stone construction with a vaulted ceiling, of unspecified period, very rare and listed as minor monumental structures of Liguria.
Here the cuisine is excellent and consists mainly of the most delicious bluefish, then discover the hospitality of the characteristic hamlets located on the hills, enrich the landscapes of Lerici, for a perfect stay.
In Lerici there isn’t a train station, it can be visited easily on foot or by bike, after parking your car in the appropriate parking lots. The main place to reach the sea, as well as the hotels is Piazza Garibaldi, that was once the premises of a flourishing shipbuilding activity, and that reminds us of how important Lerici had been in history, as port. From the square it is possible to admire the imposing castle of Lerici, that overlooks the sea, it is located right on the promontory that closes the cove. If on one side we can see that the open sea stretches along the whole horizon, when we turn our backs to it, we enter into the alleys surrounded by the typical tower houses, with wooden shutters and slate porticos, the most famous were in the past, part of the jewish ghetto of Lerici. From here we can climb towards the castle, which is at present the premises of an interesting Geopaleontological Museum and Toy Museum. Going back to Piazza Garibaldi, we can stop at the small oratory of Saint Rocco, built in the thirteenth century and renovated in modern age, when there was the plague, then continuing along the road we reach the most modern part of Lerici and the parish church of Saint Francesco. Leaving behind the square, we can finally use a bike and spend a sunny afternoon along the seafront, just next to the beaches and the breakwaters, reaching the areas of Venere Azzurra and San Terenzo.