The La Spezia Bay is known as the Gulf of Poets, because many poets have praised its beauty throughout time.
In ancient Roman times, when La Spezia didn’t exist as a city and the Emperor would give his most valuable and noble friends pieces of land to relax in a at the time pristine land. The Poet Persio lived here, possibly in one of the many Roman Villas that still can be seen in the area.
But the naturally evocative power of the steep reef, the quiet asperity of people and land, the restlessness of the sea have been inspiring especially for romantic poets, who wanted to feel the power of nature above men- George Sand so described the sea she viewed from her window.
The suggestive Portovenere cave traditionally owes its name from Lord Byron, who spent some times of his life in the area as a sea lover and, apparently, an expert swimmer.
Eugenio Montale – who owned a beautiful villa in Monterosso in which he wrote the famous poem Ossi di Seppia is one of the most important poets who lived in the area, and who dedicated a truly powerful verses to Portovenere:
The main city of the whole area, a charming town, facing the Gulf of the Poets.
One of the edges of the Gulf, open to the sea with the magnificent San Pietro Church.
On the eastern edge of the Gulf of the Poets, with its imponent castle is the gateway to the Lunigiana.
Tellaro is a little jewel, a quaint fishing village on the verge of the Gulf, with a beautiful overlook and charming traditions.