• Lerici

  • A sprinkling of brightly coloured houses lines medieval streets that wind up to Lerici’s castle, which overlooks the entrance to the Gulf of Poets. The castle is thought to be the inspiration for Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” From May 1822 the Shelley family was living in a dilapidated boat house, Casa Magni, with the sea lapping the doors, near the tiny village of San Terenzo. Between San Terenzo and Lerici lies the eighteenth century Villa Marigola offering stunning views on the Porto Venere.