Welcome to Lerici, San Terenzo & Tellaro
From Lerici, a scenic 3km coastal stroll leads northwest to San Terenzo, a seaside village with a sandy beach and Genoese castle. The Shelleys lived in the waterfront Villa Magni (sadly closed to visitors) in the early 1820s and Percy drowned here when his boat sank off the coast in 1822, on an ill-fated return trip from Livorno.
Another coastal stroll or drive, 4km to the southeast, takes you past magnificent little bays to Tellaro, a fishing hamlet with pink-and-orange houses cluttered about narrow lanes and tiny squares. Sit on the rocks at the Chiesa San Giorgio and imagine an octopus ringing the church bells – which, according to legend, it did to warn the villagers of a Saracen attack.