An excellent presentation of Lerici and its surrounding villages can be found in the works of Shelley, Byron, Virginia Wolf, D.H. Lawrence, Mario Soldati and many other writers.
Today Lerici is a picturesque seaside resort with a small but efficient tourist marina. However, it still preserves traces of its historic past, like the imposing 13th century Pisan-Genoese Castle (enlarged in the 17th century). Lerici is called the â€œPerla del Golfo (the pearl of the gulf), because of its breathtaking beauty. This small town and its surrounding area offer an ideal seaside holiday all year round. Lerici has been repeatedly awarded the European title â€œBandiera Blu(the blue flag). The Bandiera Blu is an award given to seaside resorts for clean beaches, unpolluted water and quality service. Those who love scuba diving, fishing and water sports will find a typical Mediterranean marine habitat.
The beautiful surrounding villages of: San Terenzo, La Serra and Tellaro, certainly merit a visit. Tellaro is also listed as one of the most beautiful villages of Italy.
With its 16,01 km2 it is part of the Natural Regional Park of Montemarcello Magra.
The Geopaleontologo museum situated in the castle of Lerici is of great importance ; for opening and closing times, photos, and room plan consult the following site:
The Cenci Art gallery, of local artists and non situated in the heart of Lerici. For further information visit:
For other galleries visit: http://www.pittorecaselli.com
Of important historical inteterst is the castle of San Terenzo:
As being part of the Natural Regional Park of Montemarcello Magra, we suggest visiting the following site for excursions and events :
1 Km from the chief town in the bay of Venere Azzurra, a multi-purpose sports centre has been built with tennis courts, a golf course, two swimming pools. In addition , in town, there is another golf course and canoe hire.you can hire.
Each year, from March to October, the l'Ufficio Ambiente del Comune di Lerici(Office for the Environment) organizes ventures like ''Camminare Domadano'',(Asking while walking) a series of free guided itineraries during which you can admire the wonders of this territory and at the same time receive information on the history, nature and curiosities from historians, biologists and scholars of the area. Many famous poets were and have been inspired by this slendid nature.
Most of the paths and tracks are included in the circuit of the Alta via del Golfo (AVG), which allows trekking lovers to explore ,on foot, almost all of the whole hill area of the province of La Spezia.
Walking along these paths one can discover the ruins of some old villages, places of ancient cults and history of Lerici. Every part of the territory is extremely appealing and characteristic inspiring artists and poets of all times.
For other suggested itineraries both for trekking and cycling consult the following site:
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