Situated in the province of La Spezia in Liguria, Lerici is an exceptionally charming town (I would come back here to stay for a few days) connected by ferry to the Cinque Terre and Portovenere.
You need not venture to Cinque Terre, however, if your time is limited. Instead, follow the advice of Alice Newall, a representative of the Lerici Town Council who met Star Flyer at the tender landing on the day we arrived.
Newall advises visiting the castle, Castell0 di Lerici, which you’re certain not to miss when tendering ashore.
The castle was built by the Pisans (from the Pisa Republic) in 1241, following the battle of Giglio.
Aside from the natural beauty of the castle and the panoramic views of Lerici, the castle museum features a permanent exhibit of paleontology.
The origins of Lerici date back to the Etruscan period. In the Middle Ages the town came under Genovese control.
After Lerici had been sold to Lucca, the town became involved in a series of conflicts between Genoa and Pisa, as Lerici was on the common border for the battling republics. In 1479, the town became part of the Genoa Republic.
After visiting the castle, Newall suggests heading to the main square for a coffee or gelato. Follow that by some shopping and a stroll along the beach before heading back to the tender.
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