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Tellaro Italy the local Italian secret

They say the best kept secret destinations to visit are usually known by locals, just like the small fishing village of Tellaro Italy. So when I was visiting friends in Lerici Italy and they took me sailing on their yacht, I was not expecting what they were about to show me.

Things to do in Tellaro Italy

Tellaro Village

Perched on a cliff along the Ligurian coast of La Spezia, is the picturesque fishing village of Tellaro Italy. It’s coloured buildings worn by the sun and the sea, cocoon the small harbour that opens into the ocean.

Ranked as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, you can see why it has been a lure for poets and artist looking for inspiration over the centuries.

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As we came around the corner sailing the first thing I noticed was the church of St. George. Erected on a rock overlooking the sea it dominates the landscape. I automatically think of Cinque Terre and wonder why I had not heard of this beautiful place before now, but then I remember my friend informed me that they kept this place to themselves to visit.

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The Legend – Giant Octopus

My friend informs me as we get closer an interesting local legend story about a giant Octopus. He says legend has it that centuries ago, Tellaro was fodder for pirate pillaging.  To protect the village and warn the locals of pirates arriving, a guard was placed in the church tower to ring the bell. One fateful night the guard on duty had fallen asleep as pirates approached the village.

Tellaro’s protector, a giant octopus, sprung from the sea and climbed the church tower to ring the bells and alert the sleeping villagers, who were able to escape in time. As respect to local folklore a  “Festival of the Octopus”, takes place every year on the second Sunday in August to commemorate this story.

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rocky foreshore of Tellaro village

Location

Tellaro Italy is one of the last fishing villages lining the Ligurian coast before the beautiful region of Tuscany Italy. Unlike some of the other small villages that lace the Italian seaside that are connected via train, Tellaro is not. The closest international airport is Pisa and then you catch a direct train to Sarzana. From there you can catch a local bus or organise a transfer.

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Bus

The best way to get there is via bus, car or bike from Lerici, which is the next major village over. If you are staying in the surrounding villages in La Spezia or Cinque Terre then you can catch a ferry to Lerici and go from there. The bus is super cheap and only costs 1.50€ from Lerici

Driving to Tellaro

You can drive from Pisa or Florence to Tellaro Fishing village. Or alternatively, hire a car at any of the airports. Then you can also use it to get around the Italian Riviera. However, beware some of the roads can be narrow in some spots, so please drive with caution.

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Spend a day in Lerici

Only a short walking distance from Tellaro is the charming coastal town of Lerici Italy. It is roughly 3kms in distance one way. If you don’t feel like walking back then you can catch the local bus.

It is a great spot if you like to get something to eat or for having a drink at one of the local bars. There are lots of things to do in Lerici too, like visiting the medieval castle or exploring the local shops. On Saturday morning there is a local market held along the seafront.

Tip

  • Lerici is where you can catch the 30 min local ferry to Cinque Terre.

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Head to the beach in Fiascherino

Head over to the sandy beach at Fiascherino for a swim or for a bite to eat. It is only a 5 minutes’ walk and is located in between Tellaro and Lerici. The public beach is known as Fiascherino beach 2 and not far from there is another small beach called bunker beach.

There are several restaurants in the area that serve local seafood and Ligurian dishes. Fiascherino also has a few hotels one being Fiascherino hotel, located on the beachfront. It is a beachfront retreat that offers an outdoor salt-water swimming pool and many other options.  

Fiascherino is a good spot if you want to use it as a base while exploring the Gulf of La Spezia Italy 

Tips for visiting Tallero

  • Tallero Italy is small and will only need a couple of hours to explore the area.
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  • Go for a swim with the locals in the harbour before enjoying a spritzer or dinner in the afternoon.
  • If you are in either Cinque Terre or Tuscany and have a spare day it is definitely worth a visit.
  • The currency used in Tallero Italy is the Euro
  • If you staying in Pisa or Florence, you can take a full-day full-day guided tour to Cinque Terre
  • Have a drink at Bar La Marina down near the water in Tallero

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Accommodation in Tellaro

I can recommend this lovely penthouse apartment available through Airbnb perfect view over Tellaro. There are no major hotels in Tellaro Italy but some small boutique hotels, B&B’s and apartments to rent. You can even stay at the campsite, which is only a kilometre away. 

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Camping

If you are on a budget there are two campsites available in the Tellaro area. Campeggio Gianna Golfo dei Poeti is located above the village and offers camping a swimming pool and small huts. Campeggio Maralunga is located in Fiascherino on the Lerici side. It is a smaller campsite that has a private path directly to sea access.

Staying in Lerici

If you are looking for a hotel or more options in regards to accommodation, then Lerici Italy is a great choice. Not only is it a bigger city but it is a great base for exploring the Italian Riviera and only 10minute ride on the bus to Tellaro. It is also where I stayed during my time in the area.

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Would I recommend it?

You do not need an octopus festival as an excuse to visit Tellaro, Italy though – it’s a great side trip, especially if you are staying in Lerici, Cinque Terre or Tuscany. Not only is it full of some really interesting history but Tellaro definitely possesses its own charm that few other villages do. You can experience this yourself walking through the steep winding streets exploring and speaking to the locals.

It would be one of the most relaxing chilled places that I have been to especially when sitting with a spritzer, watching the locals and tourist alike mingling and enjoying a swim in the afternoon sun before dinner.

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Explore other parts of Italy

Looking to explore other parts of Italy? Feel free to read the following articles for some inspiration. All are great options especially if you love the water and culture. 

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Thank you for reading this article ‘Tellaro Italy the local Italian secret’, I hope you enjoyed it. Tellaro Italy is such a charming and pretty seaside village to explore. 

Have you been to Tellaro or any of the Italian Riviera before? Please feel free to share your experience in the comments below or if you know any other places to see while in the surrounding area.

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72 thoughts on “Tellaro Italy the local Italian secret

    • melbtravel
      melbtravel says:

      Thanks, Suze. I am glad you like the story. Once I wrote the octopus story, I made sure I ran it by my friend to make sure I correct on all points he said 🙂

    • melbtravel
      melbtravel says:

      To be honest, I would not have gone if my friends had not lived there. I am so glad that I did and I will definitely go back for sure. Let me know when you go, I will be happy to help

    • melbtravel
      melbtravel says:

      I concur Plushy, it definitely was worth it and I am so glad that I listened to my friends. I want to go back and explore the other villages around it.

    • melbtravel
      melbtravel says:

      I love the little stories about places as well. I also wonder though how they come about and how close they are to the truth. Let me know when you go and I will be happy to give you tips on getting there etc.

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    Jurga - Full Suitcase says:

    I love little towns in Italy and this one looks so charming. Everyone always talks about the villages of Cinque Terre, but this one looks just as nice and from what I see there are hardly any tourists around. Bookmarking for our next trip to Italy.

    • melbtravel
      melbtravel says:

      I love Cinque Terre but it has gotten so busy over the years. It was so nice to go to a place just as beautiful and not have any of the crowds. The locals are also happy to chat away to you there as well which I loved.

    • melbtravel
      melbtravel says:

      I never thought about it like that but so true on the medieval. I went to Cinque Terre years ago but I understand it is really busy now, which is a shame.

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    Punita Malhotra says:

    Tellaro is so lovely…All of Italy, each little village is so picturesque, isn’t it? One cannot decide which place to leave out. We are going to Italy next month, and I wish we could include Tellaro too, but already so full!

    • melbtravel
      melbtravel says:

      I concur Punita 🙂 Where are you going to? I love Italy in general and I have been so many times now. I am always finding new places to explore and see 🙂

    • melbtravel
      melbtravel says:

      It is a little of the beaten track but definitely worth a visit and as it is beautiful and does not have the crowds. Have a great trip and definitely top me a line when you go and I will be happy to give you some tips, if you like.

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    Gareth says:

    I’ve been to Italy numerous times and really did try and find some of the most out of the way places although if I’m honest, I’ve never heard of Tellaro or the Octopus festival. It will unfortunately be quite some time before I’m back in Italy but I’ll definitely pass this tip along to my European friends as some of these shots are really spectacular. Such a quintessentially Italian slice of life

    • melbtravel
      melbtravel says:

      To be honest, I would haven never known about this place either if it was not for my friends taking me there. They are based in Lerici which is only a 10min bus ride away from Tellaro, also definitely worth a visit. You could do the both in a day without a problem. Hope your travels are going well and looking forward to more of your fun posts.

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    Joanna says:

    I could have guesses that Tellaro must be somewhere around Cinque Terre. It looks so similar with Manarola and Riomaggiore. I’ve spent about 4 days in the area and I absolutely loved it! What a great part of Italy to live in!

    • melbtravel
      melbtravel says:

      Cinque Terre is about a 30minute boat ride away from Porto Venere. I loved the area to and I hope to get back again next year. I did tell my friends that they are lucky to live in such a beautiful area 🙂

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    Alberto C. says:

    What a beautiful town! I had never heard of Tellaro before, but something to consider next time I go to Italy! I’ve never been to Cinqueterre before, so if they’re close, I might include this in my itinerary as well. Thanks for sharing this great post and photos

    • melbtravel
      melbtravel says:

      It is only about a 30min boat ride from Porto Venere, which is the last village around the Cinque Terre coastline. It is a little out of the way but worth the visit if you get the chance. Btw thank you in regards to my pictures too.

    • melbtravel
      melbtravel says:

      The problem now is that once you have visited Rome then you get addicted and want to keep going back for more 🙂 I hope that you had a wonder time in Rome. Definitely, let me know when you go back and I will be happy to give you some tips.

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    Chantal says:

    Thank you for sharing this great secret spot with us! I’ve wanted to visit Cinque Terre for a while now and I’ve been looking around for some awesome things to see and do and this seems like the perfect day trip. Probably wouldn’t have found this gem without you!

    • melbtravel
      melbtravel says:

      You are more than welcome 🙂 You can catch the local ferry to Lerici and then it is a 10minute bus ride from there. Definitely, check at Lerici and go up to the castle for some great views. You can definitely be able to do both in a day.

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    Sia says:

    This cute little place looks amazing! But then again everything in Italy is absolutely adorable! I love the octopus story. I am planning a trip to Italy and still thinking of itineraries.

    • melbtravel
      melbtravel says:

      Definitely just to pop passed here if you are in the area. The best way is catching the 10minute bus ride from Lerici, which is worth a visit too. Both villages can easily been done in a day. Drop me a line if you need anymore tips or have questions

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    Olena Kagui says:

    Your photos are breathtaking! This shows why it’s good to go beyond the big cities and popular tourist destinations. I found a “secret” village in Italy too, not far from Pompeii. I don’t remember the name but it was beautiful. Your article made me want to take a road trip around Italy!

    • melbtravel
      melbtravel says:

      Thank you very much, Olena I appreciate your kind feedback. Oh really, it is a shame you don’t remember the name of the place as I would have loved to look it up and check it out myself. How about you take me on your road trip next time 🙂

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    Vyjay says:

    Thanks for letting the world in on a beautiful secret called Tellaro. The place is really something straight out of a picture postcard. The local legend of the Octopus is really fascinating. We would like to to explore the Tuscany next time and would love to get to this lovely place.

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    Yenor says:

    It doesn’t seem to matter where I go, but the places I’ve been where I have some type of friend who is a local I always have a better time because of the cool secret places they take me. Photos look great. Thanks for sharing!

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    Clare says:

    I have never visited this part of Italy, but it looks stunning. I will add it to my list for when I visit Cinque Terre. I bet this place is more amazing though with less tourists. Am going to try and work in a few days here on my next trip to Italy 🙂

    • melbtravel
      melbtravel says:

      This place is definitely worth a visit, I only knew about it because my friends live there and showed me. It is about a 25min boat ride from the last village in Cinque Terre. Let me know how you go and if you need anymore information.

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    yukti says:

    Tellaro looks like a toy town. Cute rustic colored buildings on the rock beside the sea is picture perfect for any photographer. Going to Cinque Terre through ferry would be very lovely voyage. I would prefer Air B & B stay.

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        Peter says:

        Hi, we have just booked our vacation, 10 days pure relaxing, in this little gem of an Italian town. We never visited the place before and very much like to get all the tips for a great vacation. We are a family of four (tee children 5 and 7 years) and are giono to stay at the camping place. Hope you will share.

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