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.
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Perched on a cliff along the Ligurian coast of La Spezia, was a 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.
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 she informed me that they kept this place to themselves to visit.
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.[amazon_link asins=’1465457321,B01BLWABA4,1405308656,1786573512′ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’melbtravel-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’ab649cea-6cb8-11e8-a957-ff20bac73913′]
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 a respect to local folklore a “Festival of the Octopus”, takes place every year on the second Sunday in August to commemorate this story.
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.
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
- Like a lot of the villages along the Italian coast, Tallero Italy is small and will only need a couple of hours to explore.
- If staying overnight, arrive in the afternoon and go for a swim with the locals in the harbour before enjoying a spritzer or dinner.
- If you are in either Cinque Terre or Tuscany and have a spare day it is definitely worth a visit.
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. I can recommend this lovely penthouse apartment available through Airbnb perfect view over Tellaro
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.
- If you love swimming and the outdoors, I heard that the camping ground close by is a great spot and cheap.
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 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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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, Italy 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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Disclaimer: All views are my own based on my own experience.