THE COLORFUL TOWNS OF PORTOVENERE AND LERICI by Martha Bakerjian

Portovenere and Lerici are two picturesque Italian Riviera towns very near the Cinque Terre in the Gulf of Poets, an area that once attracted famous writers and poets. Lord Byron used to swim at Portovenere and there’s a grotto in a rocky cove dedicated to him. Shelley lived in the village of San Terenzo and died when his boat hit a storm. Both towns see fewer tourists than the crowded Cinque Terre but offer plenty of charm to the visitor.

 

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