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Italy in Photos

Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

Welcome to Italy in Photos, where we invite you to embark on a journey through Lerici. Lerici is lovely a town on the Ligurian coast of Italy, part of the famous Riviera di Levante. It is in the province of La Spezia, in the Gulf of Poets, a name that evokes the literary and artistic heritage of this area. Lerici has been a source of inspiration for many poets and writers, such as Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Byron, Shelley, and D’Annunzio, who were captivated by its natural beauty and romantic atmosphere. It has a rich history and culture, dating back to the Etruscan period. It was a strategic port and fortress for the Pisans, the Genoese, and the Lucchese, who left their mark on its architecture and art. The most impressive monument is the Castle of Lerici, built in the 11th century and expanded over the centuries. It stands on a rocky promontory overlooking the town and the sea, offering stunning views and hosting a museum of palaeontology. Lerici is also a popular seaside resort, with its crystal-clear water and picturesque coves. It has several beaches, both sandy and rocky, that cater to different tastes and needs. Some of the most famous are San Terenzo, Venere Azzurra, Fiascherino, and Tellaro. Lerici is also a great base for exploring the surrounding attractions, such as Portovenere and the Cinque Terre, which can be reached by ferry or by hiking along scenic trails. Lerici is a town that combines natural beauty, cultural heritage, and leisure activities, making it a perfect destination for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.

Via Giacomo Matteotti is a street in Lerici which runs from Via Barcola to Via O.Petriccioli. (Photos 1-2-3-4-5-6-7) – The Chiesa S. Francesco, Via Matteotti, Lerici is a Catholic church and sanctuary in the town of Lerici. The church is dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi and the Madonna of Maralunga, the patron saint of Lerici. The church was built in the 13th century and renovated in the 17th century in the Baroque style. The church has three naves, a presbytery, a choir, a sacristy, and nine altars. The church also houses a painting of the Madonna and Child that was found on the rocks of Maralunga in 1480, according to a legend. The painting is venerated by the local people and is carried in procession every year on August 15. (Photos 7-8-9-10) – Via Cavour is a street in Lerici which runs from Via Giacomo Matteotti to Via Pisacane. (Photos 11-12-13) – Via Orante Petriccioli is a street in Lerici which runs from Via Giacomo Matteotti to Largo Guglielmo Marconi (Photos 14-15-16) – Oratorio di San Rocco is a Catholic place of worship in the town of Lerici. It was built in the late 13th century on the remains of a previous church and enlarged in the 16th century. It is dedicated to Saint Roch, the patron saint of plague victims, and it houses some valuable paintings and sculptures. It is also adjacent to a medieval tower that bears the coat of arms of the Republic of Genoa and some bas-reliefs. (Photos 16-17) – Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi is a public square located in the town of Lerici, in the province of La Spezia, Italy. It is named after Giuseppe Garibaldi, one of the leaders of the Italian unification in the 19th century. The square is surrounded by historical buildings, such as the medieval tower of San Rocco, the oratory of San Rocco (Photos 18-19-20-21) – Via Roma, is a street in Lerici which runs from Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi to Via S. Biaggini (Photos 22-23-24-25-26-27-28-29-30-31-32) – Via Nino Gerini is a street in Lerici which runs from Via Roma to Galleria Primacina (Photo 33) – Via S. Biaggini is a street in Lerici which runs from Via Roma to Via Paolo Mantegazza (Photo 34) – Via Giuseppe Mazzini is a street in Lerici which runs from Porticciolo di Lerici to Via Roma (Photos 35-36)

Lerici Cuisine: – Lerici is a beautiful town on the Ligurian coast, famous for its castle, its beaches, and its cuisine. Lerici’s special cuisine is based on fresh seafood, local vegetables, and aromatic herbs. Some of the dishes that you can enjoy in Lerici are: – Pesto: – A sauce made with basil, garlic, pine nuts, cheese, and olive oil. It is usually served with pasta, such as trofie or trenette, or with potatoes and green beans. – Focaccia: – A flat bread baked with olive oil, salt, and sometimes other ingredients, such as cheese, olives, or onions. It is a typical snack or appetizer in Liguria. – Mesciua: – A soup made with chickpeas, beans, and wheat. It is a traditional dish of La Spezia, the capital of the province where Lerici is located. – Cappon magro: – A salad made with boiled fish, vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, and a sauce of breadcrumbs, anchovies, capers, and vinegar. It is a festive dish that dates to the Middle Ages. – Farinata: – A thin pancake made with chickpea flour, water, salt, and olive oil. It is cooked in a wood-fired oven and eaten hot or cold. – Testaroli: – A type of pasta made with wheat flour, water, and salt. It is cut into thin slices and boiled, then dressed with pesto, cheese, or mushroom sauce.

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Photo Gallery of  Walk  – Via Giacomo Matteotti to Via Giuseppe Mazzini
Approximately 2.58 km – 1.60 miles

The walk starts in Via Giacomo Matteotti – Chiesa S. Francesco, Via Matteotti – Via Cavour – Via Orante Petriccioli – Piazza Giuseppe Garibald – Via Lungomare Vassallo – Via Roma – Piazza Bacicalupi, Via Nino Gerini – Walk back along Via Nino Gerini to Via Roma – Via S. Biaggini – Walk back to Piazza Giuseppe Garibald – Via Giuseppe Mazzini