The village of Porto Venere stands at the southern end of a peninsula, which, breaking away from the jagged coastline of the eastern Ligurian Riviera, forms the western shore of the Gulf of La Spezia or also called the “Gulf of the Poets”. At the end of this peninsula there are three small islands: the Palmaria, the Tino and the Tinetto; only the island of Palmaria, which stands right in front of the village of Porto Venere beyond a narrow stretch of sea, is in a small part inhabited.

The beaches of the area are very well-known, thanks to the crystal-clear water and the strong current of the Ligurian Sea, which suddenly reaches a discreet depth near the coast. Noteworthy are the beaches on the northwest side of the Palmaria Island, mentioned in the Blue Guide of the Italian Touring Club and Legambiente. The regional natural park of Porto Venere, managed by the municipal office of the same name, insists on the ancient village, on the cliff and on the islands of the archipelago.

Le Grazie

Le Grazie is a fraction of the municipality of Porto Venere and a seaside village that participates in the Palio del Golfo.

The picturesque fishing village is located on one of the breathers on the west coast of the Gulf of La Spezia. Coming from Porto Venere, the first of these breasts is called Cala dell’oliva, followed by another that takes its name from a monastery of Olivetan monks, the shrine of Our Lady of Grace. The famous wine called the soetto del golfo is produced

A small harbor, sheltered from the elements of the sea, where the indigenous population has been dedicated to the art of boat building and fishing for centuries.

In addition to activities related to the sea, Le Grazie is home to several Portoro marble quarries, some of which are still in operation.

La Spezia

Il golfo della Spezia (detto anche golfo dei Poeti) è un’ampia e profonda insenatura della costa del Mar Ligure, situata all’estremità orientale della regione Liguria.

A definirlo così fu il 30 agosto del 1910 il commediografo Sem Benelli, che proprio in una bella villa affacciata sul mare di San Terenzo lavorò al suo capolavoro La cena delle beffe: il termine fu forgiato da Benelli a San Terenzo durante l’orazione funebre per Paolo Mantegazza: “Beato te, o Poeta della scienza che riposi in pace nel Golfo dei Poeti. Beati voi, abitatori di questo Golfo, che avete trovato un uomo che accoglierà degnamente le ombre dei grandi visitatori”..

5 Terre

Traveling along the coast from west to east, or from Genoa to La Spezia, the countries that meet are in the order: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Of these only Monterosso, Vernazza and Riomaggiore are common, while Corniglia and Manarola are fractions, respectively, of Vernazza and Riomaggiore.

Thanks to the geographical and anthropological characteristics of the territory where they are located, the Cinque Terre are considered one of the most evocative Italian coastal attractions, due to their hilly and rugged natural hilly landscape, softened by the construction of terraces or bands for the culture, which descends towards the sea ​​with steep slopes; in the points where the sea snakes its way into the earth, the villages rise up, articulated to follow the natural shape of the hills.


The territory of Lerici is located in the Riviera di Levante, on the eastern shore of the Gulf of La Spezia. It stands in the middle of a small natural bay, called Seno di Lerici and dominated by a promontory on which stands the imposing castle, now a museum. Almost opposite the town of the capital, beyond the town of Venere Azzurra, is the village of San Terenzo.

The municipality is part of the Regional Natural Park of Montemarcello-Magra.