La Spezia

Suburb of Lerici with lovely old houses

and a romantic harbour at Golfo dei Poeti

On 25th December the "Christmas Diving" takes place in Tellaro, and it is meant to celebrate the birth of Jesus in the Christmas night. Every year a statue of a baby is recovered from the water by a group of divers and taken to the manger. During the process more than 8000 candles are lit and there is a fireworks display on the water.

Traditionally there is also the "Festival of the Octopus" which takes place every year on the second Sunday of August and is organized by the Unione Sportiva.

The first traces of the village of Lerici date back to the time of the Etruscans. The village was most probably founded in the seventh century before Christ, after the formation of the future Roman city of Luni. Because of its geographical location, Lerici became a natural port for the Ligurians and the Romans too.

During the Middle Ages the bay served as a landing and trading center, first for the bishops of Luni and for the Obertenghis and then for the Malaspina family. With the formation of the Republic of Genoa, Lerici began to take on a more important role. After the purchase of Portovenere and after the latter had been made a strategic base for the supervision of the Gulf of La Spezia, Lerici became part of Genoa through negotiations with the rulers of Vezzano and Arcola in whose possession the town was.

Tellaro is the easternmost part of the town of Lerici, a fishing village built on rocky cliffs and only accessible on foot. Only a tiny street through the villages of Maralunga and Fiascherino, known as Via Fiascherino, leads there.

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