Another stop of the itinerary dedicated to the most romantic and suggestive places of Liguria: here are the two young lovers who have come to the splendid Gulf of Poets.
“In the orange light of the dying day, the gulf of poets seems to shine with life. La Spezia is a city daughter of the dusk, the gold, red and pink of the setting sun like a balm on the hot streets of a summer day. After a fish supper, the rhythm of the sea not far away, we enjoy the last sparkling moments of portovenere. The “terrace” of coloured houses points like an arrow towards the walls of the ancient Castle Doria, which now is a walk overlooking the sea between the rocks below, stained with strokes of red. The sea surf crashes all around, and it is not difficult to imagine the Goddess Venus emerging from the water, beautiful and sublime like this town to which she gave her name. At the end of the spur, the gothic church of St Peter with its bell tower, the black and white striped façade like a zebra, a thousand shades of grey that are lost in each other. Not far away, the wooded island
of Palmaria, a dream of green and blue. And then again Byron’s Cave, the same freedom of expression, the same desire to surprise, just like the romantic poet. “We will visit it tomorrow, I promise”. In
the background another promise, the one that Liguria made us at the beginning of our long journey, and that like a faithful lover, has kept to the end; falling in love could never be better than this.”
The Gulf of Poets goes from the Port of Venus to Lerici, two splendid and evocative places on the Riviera of Levante; in the center lies La Spezia, the heart of the Gulf. In the landscape alternate small seaside villages, churches, medieval castles, sandy beaches and pastel houses. This land, bordering on Tuscany, is also known for being loved and described by artists, poets and writers who have been inspired by the fascinating and impetuous charm of the place. Among them, the famous Lord Byron, a cursed poet, also known as “libertino, the English giramondo”: it was he who at the beginning of the nineteenth century represented the will of liberty and rebellion of a new generation of artists.