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.
Perched on a cliff along the Ligurian coast of La Spezia, is the picturesque fishing village of Tellaro Italy. Its 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 artists looking for inspiration over the centuries.
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 informing 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 to 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. With 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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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 to Tellaro
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.
- Lerici is where you can catch the 30 min local ferry to Cinque Terre and do the hiking trail.
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
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.
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.
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 tourists 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.
- Lake Garda: What to do in 48 hours
- Cortina d’Ampezzo: The Ultimate Ski Guide Italy
- Florence: Fun History Facts about Ponte Vecchio Bridge
- Monte Bondone: Things to do on a weekend Ski Trip
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.
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