Gulf of La Spezia

Gulf of La Spezia
Gulf of La Spezia

The Gulf of La Spezia takes its name from the city of La Spezia, a major Mediterranean port in Liguria, a region in the north-west of Italy.

It is a large inlet, with La Spezia at its centre, and the ancient towns and beautiful resorts of Portovenere at its western end and Lerici at its eastern end.

Portovenere, of which you can see the Church of Saint Peter Promontory at top of the page, is considered the entrance to the Cinque Terre, for its vicinity to this protected area of natural beauty and clean waters.

The Gulf of La Spezia (Golfo della Spezia in Italian) is also called the Gulf of Poets, or Golfo dei Poeti, because many poets, writers and artists lived here and loved this place, including Petrarch, D H Lawrence, George Sand and the 19th-century English “romantic” poets Byron and Shelley, finding inspiration in the amazing splendour of the scenery.

Gulf of La Spezia Hotels

Le Grazie, Portovenere – Hotel Della Baia
Portovenere – Grand Hotel Portovenere
La Spezia - Hotel Mary
La Spezia – Hotel Mary


Lerici Doria Park Hotel
Lerici –
Doria Park Hotel
Lerici, Bay of La Spezia - Lerici Castle overlooking the beautiful Bay of Poets seen from Florida Hotel in Lerici
Lerici – Hotel Florida, a view with Lerici Castle
Levanto, Cinque Terre, Italian Riviera - Garden Hotel
Levanto, Cinque Terre –
Garden Hotel