The Bay of Poets
Located 11km south of La Spezia in Liguria, the town of Lerici is little gem in the Italian Riviera. Lerici is situated on the Bay of Poets and the image below was taken from my hotel, The Doria Park.
When planning our itinerary, Portofino in the Italian Riviera was one of the places we wanted to spend a couple of nights, unfortunately we couldn’t find a hotel so we decided to locate ourselves in close proximity. I had actually never heard of Lerici but my husband said it would be a good spot and it looked charming. We were still undecided until a friend recommended we look into the Doria Park Hotel. I’m so glad she did because the hotel was located high on the hill overlooking the harbour and the main piazza.
The Bay of Poets also known as the Gulf of La Spezia is so known because it was a favourite of many poets including Byron and Shelley. Percy Shelley drowned there during a sudden storm when returning from Livorno to Lerici in his sail boat.
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