Portovenere, the Gulf of Poets

Trip Start May 02, 2010
Trip End Sep 03, 2010

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

I spent my last day in the Italian Riviera visiting a seaside town called Portovenere and Lerici.
I found this description of Portovenere on about.com which explains the naming of this region.
"The Gulf of La Spezia is called the Gulf of Poets because of its
attraction to some of the world's most celebrated poets who came, and
even died, here. Shelley lived in the village of San Terenzo, and died
when his boat was hit by a storm. There's a grotto dedicated to Lord
Byron at Portovenere where he used to swim. Both Dante and Petrarch
spoke of the natural beauty of the gulf."
I was with my Australian friend, Leonie and we rented chairs and an umbrella on a locals' beach in Lerici, swam in the water and slept in the afternoon heat.
We parted and I headed back to La Spezia to catch a train to Genoa. I spent the night in a lovely hotel with my own private room (wonderful after nights in dorm rooms) with a shared bathroom. I then woke the next morning and toured a quiet, deserted city of Genoa where I had the streets to myself and met some nice locals milling about. There is an interesting old city and port in Genoa with narrow (human body width) streets and beautiful rows of museums.
I then headed off to Milan by train to meet my mother at the Linate airport.
Then we head off to Lake Como. . .

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