SMALL TOWNS ALONG THE GULF OF POETS by Orna O’Reilly

The Gulf of La Spezia, named after the main town on this deep bay in the Ligurian Sea, became widely known as the Gulf of Poets due to the incredible number of poets and artists who settled there over the centuries. As the bay is only 4.5 kilometres in length, it is extraordinary how many of them frequented this magical area. Quite apart from Percy Bysshe and Mary Shelley, regular visitors and residents included George Gordon Lord Byron, Leigh Hunt, D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, Henry James, Gabriele D’Annunzio, William Turner, George Sand, Dante, Petrarch and many more.

 

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