I’ve kept a secret for too long. But today I’m here to share that secret! Yes, its the Ligurian town of Tellaro!! If you’re looking for an off the beaten track town near the Cinque Terre- Tellaro is the answer. It is seriously one of the best kept secrets of Northern Italy. Here are 11 pictures that will make you fall in love with Tellaro.
11 Pictures to make you fall in love with Tellaro
Tellaro is a tiny colorful Ligurian village, away from the hustle and bustle of the touristy towns. Despite being only 50 minutes from the Cinque Terre, it has a place of its own. Tellaro is fresh, local and inviting. It’s back alleys and streets are charming, water is gorgeous, food is sumptuous and people are truly hospitable. And the sunsets here are beyond magical……If you are looking to be away from the crowds for a complete cultural and language immersion, Tellaro is seriously the best!
It’s that little corner of Italy you never knew existed….
Needless to say, Tellaro is effortlessly romantic and surreal. It might not be to everyone’s liking because it is small and very far away from city life. But if you need a holiday to unwind by the sun and the sea visit the lesser known Ligurian town of Tellaro!
The next 11 pictures should justify my point as to why you should visit Tellaro!
So how was it?? Did you feel that magical pull to visit Tellaro??
Eat, Pray & Love in Tellaro
Where to Eat in Tellaro:
- Fresh foccaccia from “In Forno in Piazzetta“
- Pesto and local cheese from Salumeria Bottega del Borgo
- Coffee, cornetto and Aperitivo from “Bar Ondine” & “Bar La Marina”.
Where to Pray in Tellaro:
- Chiesa di San Giorgia (currently under renovation and scaffolded) -a 13th century church with a mind blowing view of the Ligurian Sea. It is a stone’s throw awa from Piazza della Marina and well worth a stop.
- Chiesa di Stella Maris -a modern looking church with a panoramic view of the sea. The Tourism office is just below the church. What else could one want??
What’s more to Love about Tellaro:
- Celebration of the Birth of Jesus every year on 24th December at the Tellaro harbour. Over 1000 people from nearby villages and towns come to see this historic event. Over 5000 candles are used to cover all the streets of this village for this very night! It’s a festival like no other. The display of firecrackers at the end is overwhelming!
- The Soto-ria Gallery is also worth a peek as its a constant reminder about the town’s past. The gallery was used as a defense mechanism against the Catalans till the 19th century.
- The Octopus. The Octopus?? Why, you might think?? Because in the 17th century when a pirate was coming to attack Tellaro, a giant octopus apparently rang the bell of the church when the guardian was asleep.
- So the Octopus saved the village of Tellaro from the pirates! Since then, the people of Tellaro worship the Octopus. It is a common sight to see Octopus paintings, Octupus door handles and knick knacks in this hamlet. There’s even a Festival of the Octopus every second Sunday of August!
How to get to Tellaro:
Tellaro has no train station so it can be reached best by car. Take a train till La Spezia and hire a taxi to get to Tellaro. From La Spezia you can take a bus to Lerici (only 15 minutes from Tellaro) and then another bus for Tellaro. Regular bus service runs between the two towns in the summer while in the winter the service is intermittent as in most Italian towns.
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