Gulf of the Poets
Spectacular seaside villages, little ancient towns, hidden trails, green hills, crystalline water, a coast rich of nature, history, art, local food and wine…a stunning and unique place to discover in each detail. This thin strip of land will steal your heart.
The gulf of La Spezia is known also as the “Gulf of the Poets”. Why? Because through the centuries, many famous poets, writers and artists spent their holidays or part of their life in the villages and small towns of this gulf, enchanted by the superb and peaceful beauty of this earthly paradise.
It was the playwright Sem Benelli who called for the first time in 1919 the gulf in this way; in a wonderful villa overlooking the sea in San Terenzo (Lerici), he was just working at his work “La cena delle beffe”.
Among the others, we remind some of the famous writers who loved this place: the writer David Herbert Lawrence, the poet Lord Byron, the writer Percy Bysshe Shelley, the writer and painter George Sand, and the Italian writers Petrarca, Montale, Gabriele D’Annunzio and Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. The Gulf of the Poets took its name just from them.
This strip of land which from Lerici arrives until Porto Venere, includes promontories, shores, jagged coasts, deep blue sea, ancient towns and wild nature.
No visit to the Gulf of the Poets would be complete without visiting seaside villages like Tellaro, San Terenzo, Fezzano, Le Grazie, the Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto islands.
Charming and ageless places, which in the past were part of the ancient Lunigana, united in its habits and customs, traditions and cuisine.