Gay Guide • GULF of POETS | Itineraries, Tips and What to See | Practical Complete LGBT Friendly
GAY FRIENDLY GULF of POETS
Travel solutions with itineraries to discover all the wonders of this destination, places not to be missed, tips about where to sleep and what to eat, and above all many small special tips to enjoy your journey !
Visiting this destination depends essentially on how much time you have available to fully enjoy it. So here is a solution based on the number of days available to you:
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WHAT TO SEE in GULF of POETS?
BEST CITIES of GULF of POETS
An ideal place for romantics and lovers. Located on the western tip of the Gulf of Poets and very close to the Cinque Terre, it is a colorful village with a breathtaking view of the sea. The name derives from the temple of Venus which was located on the spot where the church of San Pietro stands today. You will find many noteworthy attractions, such as the Castle, the Church of San Lorenzo, the Church of San Pietro and the famous Grotta di Byron, with a view that leaves you breathless. Around the town you will find beautiful beaches and fantastic islands.
A wonderful town loved by poets, writers and artists, including Byron, Shelley and Turner. The charm of the colorful houses overlooking the harbor and the Castle of San Giorgio which dominates the city from above will make you adore this place.
A pearl of the Gulf of Poets and one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. An intimate and welcoming atmosphere that fascinates every visitor. Worthy of note is the Church of San Giorgio, perched on a rocky spur lapped by the sea and Piazza IV Novembre, with boats pulled aground and a couple of small bars with outdoor tables.
Islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto
Located right in the Gulf of Poets are one of the wonders of this area. The island of Palmaria, the largest, is full of magic and about its birth lies the legend according to which the island was "pulled to gala" with a hook by the mysterious father Lucerna. In addition to this, you can admire with a boat tour the other two smaller islands, Tino and Tinetto. If, on the other hand, you love to immerse yourself in nature, the ideal is the Periplus of the Palmaria Island, a fantastic route that winds its way from the coast to the interior of the island.
Full of very interesting museums, this city is often the destination of many visitors who are looking for a good solution to stay overnight in the Cinque Terre area and the Gulf of poets. Among the most important museums we find: Civic Museum "Amedeo Lia", which contains examples of Italian painting from the thirteenth to the eighteenth century; the Naval Technical Museum which is the largest naval museum in Italy and one of the oldest in the world; the Museo Civico del Sigillo, which offers the largest collection of seals ever; the CAMeC conceived by the futurists Marinetti and Fillia which houses about 2000 works of modern and contemporary art. And finally, the fantastic Museum of the Castle of San Giorgio which stands on the hill where the first nucleus of the town of La Spezia settled. Spectacular is also its promenade and the Port area, where you can find the famous Ponte Thaon di Revel.
BEST EVENTS of GULF of POETS
Palio del Golfo (August)
Every year on the first Sunday of August this very special event is held in the Gulf of Poets. It is a competition between 13 boats made by hand by local artisans with unique characteristics that make them more agile and faster.
Feast of the Magic Borgo of Tellaro (August)
An unmissable party when for one evening, the whole town dresses up in magic, with wizards, fairies, princes and of course witches and sorcerers. If Tellaro is already truly splendid throughout the year, for this occasion it is transformed even more into a real magical village.
Feast of the White Madonna in Portovenere (17 August)
It is the celebration of a miracle that took place on 17 August 1399. For the occasion, various liturgical celebrations are held in the church of San Lorenzo (where there is a miraculous parchment). The culmination of the event is in the evening, when the entire town is illuminated by thousands of candles.
Living Nativity in Lerici (Christmas)
During the Christmas period along the streets of the medieval village of Lerici, a living nativity scene is organized with costumed figures and the re-enactment of ancient crafts.
Underwater Christmas of Tellaro (December 25)
A strange form of celebration of Christmas. On the evening of the eve, in fact, around midnight a group of divers emerges from the waters in front of the small port of Tellaro carrying with them the statue of the Child Jesus on a small shell. A stupendous scenography, between the rocks and the alleys of Tellaro illuminated by thousands of candles.
Pink Night in Levanto (September)
The Pink Night in Levanto is one of the unmissable events in the area, with concerts, local artisan markets, tastings and even a gathering of vintage cars in the center. The most awaited event, however, is the big final party on the beach.
WHERE TO STAY in GULF of POETS - LA SPEZIA?
BEST LGBT FRIENDLY HOTELS & APARTMENTS in GULF of POETS - LA SPEZIA
La Spezia - ARI Guest House ® Tested by World Mappers
Ameglia (SP) - Golfo dei Poeti Relais & SPA *****
Lerici - Hotel del Golfo ***
Tellaro - Hotel il Nido ***
Trebiano Magra (SP) - OMHOM (Charme Guest House)
WHERE TO EAT in GULF of POETS?
BEST TYPICAL RESTAURANTS of GULF of POETS Quality / Price
Portovenere - €€€ - Palmaria Restaurant Portovenere
Portovenere - €€ - Il Timone ® Tested by World Mappers
Lerici - € - Dal Pudu (Street Food) ® Tested by World Mappers
Tellaro - €€ - Osteria Del Borgo
La Spezia - € - Osteria all’Inferno
TRAVEL TIPS about GULF of POETS by World Mappers
If you are in the Gulf of Poets area, you cannot fail to organize a trip to the Cinque Terre to visit the splendid towns, "pearls" of Liguria.
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MAP'GUIDE • CINQUE TERRE
Among the most beautiful activities to do in the Gulf of Poets there is certainly the Boat Tour of the 3 Islands of Palmaria, Tino & Tinetto. An excursion of about 40 minutes that will make you visit these islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The excursions start mainly from Portovenere. A little advice, sit on the right, because during the excursion the islands will always be on that side!
Next to the marvelous Portovenere there is also another small pearl of the Gulf of Poets, the hamlet of Le Grazie set in a spectacular bay sheltered from the winds.
Not far from Lerici do not miss another small fishing village, the town of San Terenzo. Almost always chosen for its beaches, however, it also offers beautiful views of the Gulf and a truly picturesque village.
In the hinterland of Lerici you can venture towards Monte Caprione, the first inhabited area of the Gulf. Here some menhirs have been discovered which once apparently had an astronomical function. Spectacular is the phenomenon called "butterfly of light" during the summer solstice, when the light of the setting sun, passing through a crack, is projected on a menhir taking the shape of a butterfly.
Just outside Lerici towards Tellaro, you will also find the Bay of Fiascherino, one of the best places if you are looking for beautiful beaches and a crystal clear sea.
A few kilometers from the Gulf of Poets is Genoa, a beautiful city with a historic center declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
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