LERICI E SAN TERENZO
Lerici means seaside
For many years Lerici has been awarded the prestigious “Blue Flag” and “Four Sails” "Legambiente" achievements.
Lerici also means nature; infact it stands within Montemarcello's natural park, a wide protected area dominated by our mediterranean scrub.
Lerici is an ideal destination for people who enjoy a peaceful and relaxing holiday and of course for whoever loves the seaside and nature.
For anyone who enjoys trekking or long walks
there are many panoramic views from Lerici reaching the
picturesque villages on the hills, the fascinating cliffs
and the hidden and quiet bays in Fiascherino and Tellaro. This area, an all times destination of famous poets and artists, has been named "The Gulf of Poets" and thanks to this name Lerici is renowned all over the world.
The beaches in San Terenzo
San Terenzo, with its appealing location, where the sea and its beaches come as a whole together with its houses, has kept its original ligurian outlook throughout the years.
The castle lies on the eastern side: a squared fort dating late medioeval period being built at the top of a knoll overlooking the huge sandy beaches and crystal waters. San Terenzo boasts a wide beach unfolding opposite multicoloured houses, a western side walk underneath the wavy rocks, the castle’s tower and the promenade “from castle to castle” which connects the two villages of San Terenzo and Lerici.
Lerici and its history
Lerici’s village stands within the “Riviera di Levante” on the eastern side of the Gulf of La Spezia. It is born in the middle of a small natural creek, called Seno of Lerici and it is dominated by a promontory over which the imposing castle, nowadays a museum site, shines. Almost opposite Lerici, besides Venere Azzurra’s location, you will find the village of San Terenzo too.
Geo-ontological museum of Lerici’s castle. The museum is being built thanks to the amazing discovery in Lerici’s territory of dinosaurs’ and other reptiles’ footprints, discovery made by Ilario Sirigu, a passionate researcher died prematurely: on the thrust of this success, Lerici’s museum legacy comes back to life again, considering that it all started in the XIX century with La Spezia born Giovanni Cappellini, one amongst the founders of modern geology in Italy, who conducted his first explorations in the Gulf of La Spezia.
San Terenzo and its history
In medioeval times San Terenzo already existed as an independent village: a fishermen’s and a sailor’s village also trading in wine and oil and home to a hospital too. The name was Portiolo (it probably meant “oil harbor” or “little harbor”); the legend tells that monk Terenzio landed here with the intention of reaching Rome through pilgrimage. A little further away from here the monk got killed by robbers and all the villages fought over the right of keeping the body. In order to settle the matter it was arranged to put the body onto a wagon driven by oxen and wherever the latter stopped for fatigue, right there Terenzio would be buried: they just happened to stop in San Terenzo. A painting by Fiasella depicting the landing of the monk lies in the parish church immortalising the event. Several toponyms of this area recall the crusades era: in particular the crusader’s tombstone and Orlando’s rock (legend tells that the rock was broken in two by the fury of the chevalier).