"A nirvana between sea and sky, between the rocks and the
green mountain"

Mario Soldati

Our Tellaro Travel Guide, is here to help you find :

What is the attraction of the town ?

We find the charming village of Tellaro on the eastern coast of the Gulf of La Spezia in Liguria, northern Italy. It is part of the municipality of Lerici and is just 5km east from the town of Lerici connected via a picturesque road journey that winds above the sea, passing through Maralunga and Fiascherino.


Panoramic view of town

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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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Its origins date to Etruscan times and its typical houses hurled together are spilling down the hillside toward the tiny, secluded harbour. As typical for the villages in the area, it was built with strong fortifications which role was to protect the village from any potential invaders coming from the sea.

The typical houses along the seafront

Coming down the main road leading into town, it opens up into the main piazza where you can find a number of bars and places to eat.

Enjoying the view near the main square in town

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As with other places in Liguria, food is an important part of life in Tellaro and it is home to several outstanding restaurants. One of them, Locanda Miranda even has a Michelin star. Try the seven-course tasting menu you will not be disappointed.

Small grocery shop tucked away in one of the many narrow alleyways

You can taste hot "farinata"- a delicious tart made with chickpea flour - every night from the bakery on the main square. As well as there are small grocery stores dotted around the village which are very well stocked and some of them sell local delicacies including "testaroli", which is a pasta-like dish typically dressed with pesto.

Explore the magical maze of the
town's alleyways

Passing the main piazza, you enter the real treat of the village - its narrow alleyways and passages - a magnificent labyrinth you do not mind getting lost in as there is some much charm everywhere you turn...

There is just some much character
everywhere you look...

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Walking up through the narrow alleyways , called “carrugi”, you will end up at the Oratory of San Maria in Selaa. It was initially built in 1660 and following a recent renovation it currently hosts local exhibitions and art events.

The Oratory of San Maria in Selaa

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There is a small courtyard in front of the Oratory, which affords spectacular panoramic views over the Ligurian coast.

Views over the sea...

Taking a descent from there, you will reach the sea and on the most extreme point of the village, you will discover the ancient Church of San Giorgio built during the second part of the XVI century.


Descending towards the Church of San Giorgio

The Church of San Giorgio

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The church overlooks a lovely little square surrounded by the houses of the old walled village. In front of the little square you can see a landing-place protected by breakwater.

There are lovely walking paths you can take from here that allow you to explore the beauty of the coastal rim of the village...

Things to Visit Around the Area

This corner of Liguria is not only breathtaking but is also ideal for people looking to experience different parts of Italy without venturing too far from their base.

Golfo dei Poeti Tellaro Italy Coastal View, Liguria Pictures

Tellaro is in the far eastern side of the Gulf of the Poets making it a great base to explore the other towns of the Gulf – from Lerici and San Terenzo to La Spezia and Portovenere , all the way to the Cinque Terre.

The boat trips starting from Lerici can make for an unforgettable way to visit Portovenere, the Cinque Terre, Portofino and Genoa.

Tellaro is also on the Liguria border with Tuscany, an area known as Lunigiana, and from here one can easily visit the towns of Lucca, Carrara, Viareggio, Montecatini, even Pisa and Florence.

Golfo dei Poeti Tellaro Italy Coastal View Hiking, Liguria Pictures

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The hill towns above Tellaro have stunning views of the mountains to the north and the Ligurian coast to the south.

Golfo dei Poeti Tellaro Italy Coastal View, Liguria Pictures

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The area is part of the National Park of Montemarcello and offers variety of hiking
trails. Just after the town of Montemarcello, you can admire a spectacular view over the Magra valley stretching over the Lunigiana plains as far as the Apuan Alps.

Golfo dei Poeti Tellaro Italy Coastal Hiking Path, Liguria Pictures

Whether with bus or car, the town of Sarzana is well worth a visit too. This ancient city, dating to 963 AC, is built around the Castle and the old town, surrounded by the old city walls, is a treasure trove of small workshops, businesses and the marvels of the Italian everyday life. There are lots of bars and restaurants that
contribute to a lively nightlife.

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For the beach lovers, the area is rich in pristine and charming beaches . One of the best beach clubs in Italy, Eco del Mare , is a short drive away and a short 20 minute drive will bring you to the massive beach resort in Tuscany, Forte dei Marmi.

Getting to Town

Tellaro can easily be reached by car and it is highly recommended if visiting the area. It is just 5km away from the next largest town of Lerici while La Spezia, the capital of the Province, is about 14 km away from Lerici. To get to town by car, take either:

  • Motorway A12 Genova – Livorno, Exit Sarzana. Or

  • Motorway A15 Parma - La Spezia , Exit  S. Stefano Magra

And follow our directions on getting to Lerici . From there the roads leading to town are well signposted making Tellaro easy to find. You might find our Interactive Map of the area very useful when planning your journey as well.

Tellaro also has excellent public bus links connecting it to the neighbouring towns. If you are planning to travel by train , you are either take the regional rail service to the railway station of La Spezia or Sarzana. From there you can take the direct bus line to Tellaro.


Thank you for visiting our guide… we look forward to welcoming you to Liguria and hope you will love it as much as we do ! Signiture

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