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Lerici is a town and comune in the province of La Spezia in Liguria (northern Italymarker), part of the Italian Riviera. Its nearest bay is the Bay of Lerici. The town is connected by ferry to the Cinque Terre and Portoveneremarker.

One of the main sights of Lerici is its notorious castle controlling the entrance of the Gulf of La Spezia. Today the castle contains a museum of palaeontology.


The origins of the town date back to the Etruscanmarker period. In the Middle Ages the town came under Genovese control. After it had been sold to Luccamarker, it became involved in a series of conflicts between Genua and Pisamarker, as it was on their common border. In 1479, the town came under Genovese sway for good.

Notable people

Italian author Mario Soldati had a residence in the frazione of Tellaromarker.

English writers Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley lived some three miles north in an isolated old boat house called Casa Magni, and anchored their sailing boat in Lerici. Their closest neighbours were the villagers of the tiny hamlet of San Terenzo. Percy Bysshe Shelley was drowned on July 8, 1822 in the Bay of Spezia, returning to Lerici from a journey to Leghornmarker and Pisamarker. His corpse eventually washed up on the beach at Viareggiomarker, located approximately halfway between Livorno and Lerici. The popularity of Lerici with the Shelleys and with Lord Byron earned the Golfo di Lerici its nickname as the Golfo dei Poeti.

Hungarian author Baroness Emmuska Orczy, author of The Scarlet Pimpernel had a villa built in the hills above Lerici, near the locality of Bellavista, and called it La Padula . Orczy and her husband Montague Barstow spent several months there in the 1930s - alternating between La Padula, Villa Bijou in Monte Carlomarker, and trips to England. Eventually they decided to abandon fascist Italy for Villa Bijou. La Padula still stands today.Italian painter Oreste Carpi spent many years in San Terenzo making hundreds of paintings and drawings reproducing town landscapes.


Lerici is one of the mariner communities which take part to the Palio del Golfo, a rowing contest held in La Spezia every first Sunday of August.

Twin towns

  • Mouginsmarker, France, since 26 ottobre 2008

Lerici is also twinned with Horshammarker, in Great Britainmarker, although the latter no longer records this as an 'active' twinning on its official website


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