Liguria, La Spezia, Lerici

€ 600,000

Price € 600,000
Location Liguria, La Spezia, Lerici
Bedrooms 3
Within 1 hour of an airport Yes
Close to amenities Yes

Character property with terrace set in a colourful fishing village with views over the small harbour and to the islands across the bay.

This property was once the summer residence of one of Italian's major designers and much of the restoration and materials were carried out by him.

The property is set along the narrow cobbled lane leading to the picturesque harbour.

Entrance is to a living room with beamed ceiling, kitchen and 2 stone vaulted rooms used as a study and bedroom. Downstairs there is a bathroom, further bedroom and another room used again as a study (or extra bedroom).

The property opens onto a terrace with direct access to the harbour. The terrace is very private yet overlooks the bay.

Unique opportunity to purchase a special home on the Bay of the Poets.

A pearl of the Mediterranean the area is part of the Magra and Montemarcello national park which has protected the character and vegetation of the area. Shelley, Byron and D. H. Lawrence all lived there at some time. An enclave with a group of three islands at its tip, it has fishing villages with exceptional fish restaurants, as well as opportunities for sailing, canoeing, snorkelling or just relaxing on one of the beaches hidden in craggy bays around Fiascherino or Tellaro.

Lerici and San Terenzo offer golden sandy beaches with views to the islands. The easiest way to get around the gulf is by boat which run between, Lerici, La Spezia and Portovenere or on to The Cinque Terre, five villages strung along the terraced cliffs looking out to the sea. These villages are completely unspoilt and, until recently, could only be reached by boat or by train. Anyone visiting the Cinque Terre should take a walk along the cliff paths which link one village to the next, stop in one of the bars or restaurants and try the anchovies marinated in olive oil and garlic, served with bread and delicate white wine made from the grapes that grow up the steep terraces above the villages.

Lerici itself is dominated by the castle with the old village of pastel coloured tall buildings huddled on the steep hill dropping down to the sea and the marina. The back streets of Lerici have many colourful shops and restaurants.

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