Golfo dei Poeti

Discover Its Enchanting Beauty

The Gulf of La Spezia also referred to as Golfo dei Poeti (Gulf of the Poets) is an enchanting and unique place to visit.

Map of Liguria Riviera Italy - Golfo dei Poeti Location


It stretches from the mouth of the Magra River all the way to Portovenere and offers coast rich of untarnished nature, history, art, amazing local food and wine…


You can emerge yourself in the many peaceful seaside villages and ancient towns, or discover the exciting hiking trails, the emerald green hills and clear-blue waters of Golfo dei Poeti.

Through the centuries, many famous poets, writers and artists have been drawn to the area and once touched by its irresistible beauty and charm have spent part of their lives in the villages and small towns of the gulf.


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Percy Bysshe Shelley lived in the village of San Terenzo, and died when his boat was hit by a storm on his way home from Livorno. There is a grotto dedicated to Lord Byron at Portovenere from which Byron famously swam to visit his friends the Shelleys in Lerici on the other side of the gulf. David Herbert Lawrence, Virginia Wolf, the writer and painter George Sand, and the Italian writers Petrarca, Montale, Gabriele D’Annunzio and Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, were all big admirers of the area and often spoke of the charm and natural beauty of the gulf.

It was in 1919 that the dramatist Sem Benelli referred for the first time at the gulf as Gulf of Poets; while staying in San Terenzo working on his work “La cena delle beffe” and the name continues to be affectionately used to date...

Discover the charming and ageless places of Golfo dei Poeti


Liguria Riviera Italy - Tellaro Golfo dei Poeti

The village of Tellaro is considered a real gem on the Gulf of Poets. It is off the beaten track but definitely worth a visit. It has remained very peaceful and laid back, despite recently been awarded "Borgo tra i cento più belli d'Italia" , listing it among the 100 most beautiful villages in Italy...



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Liguria Riviera Italy - Fiascherino Golfo dei Poeti

Fiascherino is a small and pleasant area located in a picturesque bay between rocks and pine, oak and olive trees, a short distance from Lerici and Tellaro. Fiascherino is also famous because between 1913-1914, the famous English writer David Herbert Lawrence stayed in a small villa in the area...



Liguria Riviera Italy - La Serra Golfo dei Poeti


The village of La Serra sits on the olive tree hills above the famous tourist town of Lerici, overlooking the Gulf of Poets and offers one of the best views of the area...



Liguria Riviera Italy - Lerici Golfo dei Poeti


The town of Lerici is the largest municipality on the eastern side of the Gulf of La Spezia and is rich in aristocratic villas, enchanting gardens and charming beaches ...




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Liguria Riviera Italy - San Terenzo Golfo dei Poeti

The town of San Terenzo has ancient origins and rests at the extreme western side of the Gulf of Lerici. It offers its visitors just the right mix of beautiful turquoise sea, a wide stretch of beach , lush green hills and the magic of the unmistakable multi-colored Ligurian tower-houses...



Golfo dei Poeti Fezzano Portovenere Liguria Italy

The village of Fezzano sits on the western part of the Gulf of La Spezia and is part of the commune of Portovenere together with the village of Le Grazie. It has a charming landscape with its surrounding hills and the seafront, where a sweet village atmosphere can still be breathed in...



Golfo dei Poeti Le Grazie Portovenere Liguria Italy

The village of Le Grazie is nestled amid dense olive groves in an enchanting natural inlet in the Gulf of La Spezia, between the Pezzino and Varignano promontories, sheltered by the Castellana and Muzzerone hills. The attraction of the village does not only spring from its beautiful landscape but also from its richness of historical and archaeological remains...



Golfo dei Poeti Portovenere Panorama Liguria Italy

The town of Portovenere sits at the tip of the promontory that separates La Spezia and the Cinque Terre, facing the Island of Palmaria across a narrow straight. It has morphed from rough-edged Genoese fortress-village to seaside resort offering its visitors a magical atmosphere filled with history and beauty as well as breathtaking views of the western part of the Gulf of La Spezia...



Golfo dei Poeti: Explore Its Stunning Nature

Liguria Riviera Italy - Beaches Lerici Golfo dei Poeti


The beaches in Golfo dei Poeti ( Gulf of Poets) have so much to offer - from hard to reach secluded pebbly beaches to wide sandy beaches to fully equipped beach clubs catering to your every whim...



Lerici Hiking Woods, Liguria Pictures

Walking the Lerici hiking trails is an amazing way to get better acquainted with the natural beauty of this part of Liguria. Much of the territory of the municipality of Lerici is in fact part of the Regional Natural Park of Montemarcello-Magra and offers a variety of beautiful nature trails...



Portovenere View Palmaria Hiking, Liguria Pictures

The Regional Natural Park of Portovenere which has an area of around 400ha and includes the hilly cape as well as the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. The area attracts visitors not only with the variety of beautiful nature trails  but also with is amazing diving and climbing spots...



Golfo dei Poeti: Discover Its Beautiful Islands

The archipelago in the Portovenere waters is made up of three islands - Palmaria , Tino and Tinetto. Since 1997, the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto, together with Porto Venere and Cinque Terre , have been included in the UNESCO world heritage list . You can get a ferry boat from Portovenere for an exciting tour of the three islands :

Map of Liguria Riviera Italy - Golfo dei Poeti Islands archipelago in Portovenere Location



Liguria Riviera Italy - Golfo dei Poeti Island of Palmaria


The Island of Palmaria is the largest island in the Archipelago in the Gulf of La Spezia. It offers untouched beaches, ragged cliffs, clear blue waters, natural vegetation and caves that can only be reached by boat...



Liguria Riviera Italy - Golfo dei Poeti Island of Tino


The Island of Tino is the middle island between Palmaria to the north and Tinetto to the south and was used as a location for the famous film I Cannoni di Navarrone ...



Liguria Riviera Italy - Golfo dei Poeti Island of Tinetto

The Island of Tinetto is the smallest of the three islands in the Archipelago of the Gulf of La Spezia, called by experts "La Lama di La Spezia" ("The blade of La Spezia") because of its emerging Triassic carbonate rocks...




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