11 Pictures to Make You Fall in Love with Tellaro

I’ve kept a secret for too long. But today I’m here to share that secret! Yes, it is the Ligurian town of Tellaro!! If you’re looking to visit 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 is unique and surreal.

Tellaro is local and gorgeous. It has back alleys and streets that are charming, water that is inviting, food that is sumptuous and people that 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 is that little corner of Italy you never knew existed….

Needless to say, Tellaro is effortlessly romantic. It might not be to everyone’s liking because it is small and far away from big 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!











Do 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”.

My friend Pietro from Bar Ondine (He doesn’t work there now)

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 also take buses to Lerici (only 15 minutes from Tellaro) and then another bus to Tellaro. Even in winter, there are regular bus service runs between the two towns.

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  • Shabby Sheep
    February 19, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Lovely photos – Tellaro is just down the road from us and we visit every so often for a ‘fishing village top up’. It is very, very pretty and has some of the narrowest streets you could imagine!
    I wonder however if the story about the Octopus saving everyone by ringing the church bells owes more to the local Vermentino grape than reality!! 🥂

    • Italophilia
      February 29, 2020 at 1:39 pm

      Thank you for the comment 🙂 How lovely for you!! Haha I wonder too but it was fun knowing the story 😉

  • Shubham Mansingka
    April 28, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Stunning photographs and truly an offbeat delight! Have heard about Tellaro for the very first time on the internet 🙂

  • Manja Mexi Movie
    April 23, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    I haven’t been there yet but I can tell that this is where it starts: the parts of Italy you never knew existed, as you say so aptly. The entire coast from there to the south towards the last beach in Tuscany before it turns into Lazio, where I’m at, is one wonder next to the other. I’m so glad to see how Italy makes you happy.

    • Italophilia
      April 24, 2019 at 2:33 am

      Aww thanks Manja! Whenever I’m blogging, I’m partyly in Italy. Mentally most of the day I’m there too. I exist in India for very few days 😂

  • Lorelle
    April 22, 2019 at 8:59 am

    What a gorgeous little town. I can understand why you would prefer to keep it all to yourself!! 😉

  • Tanja
    April 22, 2019 at 12:12 am

    A proper hidden gem, but not anymore😉lovely place


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