Leaving at your shoulders the plain of the river Magra and going towards the sea, you will see the Poets’ Gulf: an arch of earth between sky and sea that for centuries has fascinated the visitors.
The name makes reference to the presence in these places, in the first half of the 19th Century, of George Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, romantic English poets that first sang the beauties of the area.
Leaving from the rocky promontory of Montemarcello you can meet places deserving more than a standstill: Tellaro, with its church only few steps from the Sea, Fiascherino, that another English writer, David Herbert Lawrence, chose as his residence between 1914 and 1915 and where still the memoirs of another writer, this time Italian, are alive: Mario Soldati, who decided to spend here his last years.
From this part of the gulf the islands are well visible: the Palmaria, the Tino (in which the rests of the monastery of San Venerio, the patron of the gulf are still visible) and the Tinetto. A stop in Lerici, city dominated from its castle and you can continue to San Terenzo.
In the distance, Portovenere is already visible, with its church of San Pietro that seems to greet who arrives in these places from the sea.
A generous sea, that he is "allied" with the fishermen of the area to create one of the specialties of the Gulf: mussels. Portovenere is in fact known for mussels breeding, the tastiest (according to the inhabitants!) in Liguria.