The cove of Lerici and the Fossola church: two secrets places in La Spezia even for locals

June 8, 2016

The Cove of Lerici and the Church of the Guardian Angels in Fossola: dream places, often little known, even from locals

The Gulf of Poets and the La Spezia area have many wonderful hidden corners.

Some are well known and popular, others are almost ignored by beachgoers, as many do not know how they exist. Others simply do not know how to reach them.
Among these are the Cove of Lerici and the Church of the Guardian Angels in Fossola, embellishing the opposite shores of the gulf of La Spezia. They are often posted on social media, with people around the world asking: “How do I get there?”

The bay of Lerici, a corner of the Caribbean in the Gulf of Poets

The Caletta resembles a Carabbean landscape

If you look at pictures, with that rock in the middle of the sea reflecting the green of the surrounding vegetation, the Lerici Cove could be mistaken for the shooting setting of the film ‘The Beach’, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

But it isn’t! It is only one of several beautiful bays that open along the coast that leads from Lerici to Tellaro, via Fiascherino .
A place appreciated  by photographers, who can shoot as if they were in the Caribbean, with a reef and the background of the Tino island. The small beach is never crowded because the path to access it is not clearly stated (and people who know the way tend to keep it secret).

In fact, there is no secret! Walking to Tellaro from Lerici, on the right, you will see a green gate preceded by a small square. The staircase leading down to the cove beach is located there.

The Church of the Guardian Angels, a quiet heaven in Fossola

Church of the Guardian Angels, Fossola, La Spezia - Ph. S. Marzi
A tiny church overlooking the sea and terraced vineyards: in good weather, the sun is burning and the little bench carved into the wall of the building is the perfect place to bask in the warmth – in absolute peace. It is called the Church of Guardian Angels and it is reached with the trail to Fossola, one of the purest diamonds of the Riviera of La Spezia, in the Tramonti area.

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Looking at this small heavenly patch of land you would suspect what keeps visitors away is the fear of the effort, more than the fact they don’t know its existence. A fear that isn’t really motivated : the church can actually be reached in about ten minutes walk, following the path to Fossola that starts from the information point of the Cinque Terre National Park located just after the first tunnel of the coast road (coming from La Spezia, just past Biassa). True, there are steps to deal with, but if you have no trouble walking, the road should not be difficult.
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