San Terenzo tourism: what to see in the village of the Gulf of Poets

San Terenzo is a country located in Italy on the Ligurian coast, overlooking the Gulf of Poets, near the border with Tuscany and in the province of La Spezia.

Travel Guide San Terenzo

The ancient origins as a fishing village, testify to the character of the pretty fishing village. It is about two kilometers from Lerici, pleasantly walkable in about twenty minutes along the coast. This route is also known as the walk from castle to castle, as it combines the castles that dominate on these small Ligurian villages by colorful houses.

At San Terenzo, land much loved by poets and intellectuals, lived the English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, along with his wife Mary, and the poet Byron, in the white house on the sea called Villa Magni. The beauty of this bay, as now, transmits unforgettable emotions in every season.

In ancient times, the name of the country was Portiolo but later was changed to San Terenzo to honor the wealthy Scottish pilgrim who, landing on the coast, was hosted by locals who thank him for the many gifts he brought, appointed him bishop of Luni.

The pilgrim Terenzo resumed later on his way to Rome, but was killed by bandits along the way. After several years Portoliesi to remember they decided to rename their village by the name of San Terenzo.

What to see in San Terenzo

Characteristic is the medieval castle built on a rock jutting into the sea, the parish church of 1600, built on the remains of a much older church dedicated to the Nativity ‘, contains within important works such as the panel painting of the Madonna dell ‘Arena and a large painting of the late seventeenth century by Paolo Gerolamo Piola.

Looking at the view from the sea you can see the steeple of the church dedicated to the Nativity of Our Lady of the seventeenth century and the two ends of the coast and the castle of San Terenzo to Lerici.

With the beach wide enough and the sea enclosed in a bay, San Terenzo is a country where you go always like to make life at sea or to taste specialties’ fish in the typical restaurants on the waterfront.