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The Gulf of Poets

La Spezia, Lerici and Porto Venere are reflected in the quiet waters of the Gulf of Poets, defined by Napoleon as the most beautiful port in the universe.

Soft hills are crossed by numerous paths which form the Alta Via del Golfo.

The city welcomes you with its blooming gardens on the seafront, a busy schedule of events. A historic centre animated by restaurants, shops and bars and a significant network of museums that ranges from archaeology to sacred art, from the Diocesan Museum to the Naval Museum.

Along the Morin promenade, the waterfront of the city, the small port offer poolside refreshment, docking and mooring even for large size boats.

Lerici is located close to the city, it offers golden beaches, romantic coves and a golf course among hills of olive trees.

The castle is now a geo-paleontological Museum.

The different hamlets are scattered all around, for example Tellaro whit the church brushed by the sea, San Terenzo with the small castle and Villa Magni where Percy B. Shelley lived.

On the opposite side of the gulf, we can see Porto Venere whit the islands, Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. Without a doubt the sequence of houses, towers with colourful facades which form a solid front defending the village, the church of San Pietro located on a spur overlooking the sea, the church of San Lorenzo, the castle, the walls and the battlemented towers make up a view of unspeakable charm.

The excellent cuisine of the Gulf of Poets which is capable to combine the scents of land, vegetables, aromatic herbs, pesto, farinata, focacce with products coming from the sea, stuffed mussels, gilthead breams, sea basses, fish soups, stockfish are additional reasons why to choose and live this territory.


The guest house “a 4 passi dal mare” drew this information from texts published by the Province of La Spezia.