Lerici is one of the three municipalities that overlook the Gulf of Poets. The village of Tellaro is part of the circuit of the most beautiful villages in Italy. For many years, Lerici has hosted Lord Byron, Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley. It is one of the most famous seaside villages of Liguria and northern Italy in general, is in fact a destination for many tourists throughout the year; a phenomenon that has been happening for some decades now is the purchase of summer homes.
The territory of Lerici is located in the Riviera di Levante, on the eastern shore of the Gulf of La Spezia. It stands in the middle of a small natural bay, called Seno di Lerici and dominated by a promontory on which stands the imposing castle, now a museum. Almost opposite the town of the capital, beyond the town of Venere Azzurra, is the village of San Terenzo.
The municipality is part of the Regional Natural Park of Montemarcello-Magra.
The earliest traces of the village of Lerici in history date back to the Etruscan era, when in all likelihood a first village of theirs was set up around the 7th century BC, after the foundation of the future Roman city of Luni. Over time the particular geographical position made of Lerici a natural port, first for the Ligurians, then for the Romans.
In the Middle Ages the bay served as a landing and commercial port, first for the Bishops-Conti di Luni, then for the Obertenghi and the Malaspina.
But it is with the Republic of Genoa that Lerici began to take on a more important role. After buying Porto Venere and having made a strategic base for the control of the Gulf of La Spezia, Genoa came into possession of Lerici, negotiating with the lords of Vezzano and Arcola, who were the feudal lords of the town.
The economy is based mainly on tourism, favored both by the natural beauty of the area, and by the presence of a bathing area accessible to all, both for the beauty of the places of interest. Part of its territory is included in the Regional Natural Park of Montemarcello-Magra, established to protect the landscape, the flora and the fauna, and in which are also the “cavanei”, stone constructions with vaulted roof, of unspecified age , found only in another area of Liguria. These buildings are not yet protected.
The territory is equipped with an important accommodation service, consisting of a good number of hotels and bed and breakfasts, which guarantee the overnight stay of many tourists and the presence of a marina that guarantees the mooring of pleasure boats.