Castello di Lerici
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Lionheart1261
Vienna Region, Austria509 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
On a Saturday morning stroll in Lerici, decided to get up to the castle/fortress
I thought could work out this by stairs, so making a bit of exercise.
Not possible, as work in progress at ground level.
So you take the elevator, located inside a WW2 air raid shelter tunnel.
Once you are up there is a very nice view all around, you get to the several outer platforms, then the entrance.
You are requested to pay 5 Eur. I asked what to see inside, they said rooms empty as that was a fortress not a castle lived in.
A bit surprised, but nevertheless fond on looking at the architecture I went in with the visit, paying the entrance fee.
The current lay out has changed the internal face of the fortress, new "floors" added where kind of meeting rooms are set.
The nicest place was the small gothic chapel with the nice carved vaults.
Ascend the stairs and you are into the square, not yet into the fortified tower.
Access forbidden due to repair (no one tells you in aforehand)...
With interest vanished I asked the personnel at entrance, I was answered that it will take long for maintenance.
All in all a hollow fortress, better to keep walking outside along the wall, killing the time with nice photo shooting of Lerici and La Spezia gulfs.
Written November 13, 2022
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Jann F
England, UK264 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
My partner stayed here in 1970, when it was a youth hostel run by an eccentric woman named Madi. She had a checkered past and was part of the Italian Resistance in WWII.

I can imagine the expenses to maintain a castle and Madi ran into the same problem. In addition, the local politicians and Madi had their disagreements over the years and eventually they won. She got evicted and it went into disrepair until a local 12-yr. old boy found fossils in the water.

It is now the Museo Geopaleontologico. We're seniors and the cost for entry was €8 for two persons. It's interesting if you are into that type of thing. The displays were average. We were visiting more for nostalgic reasons.

As you can imagine, the views are pretty spectacular from here. There are a lot of steps up to the castle so you should be ambulatory. There were steps down at the bottom by the marina and we climbed up. When we left we took the path through the streets down to the L'ancora di Lerici Ristorante where we enjoyed a wonderful lunch of clams and linguine and gnocchi.
Written May 28, 2014
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Steve B
Boston, MA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Family
If you are looking for a lovely stay in CInque terra area , don't miss Lerici ! not too crowded and really close to everything ... Really a charming place!   Don't miss the beautiful 12th century castle, and the lovely restaurant right below its walls : Cicillo . We spent a week in the perfect base to explore  Cinque terre area  : www.villainlerici.it , just 10 minutes walk from Lerici downtown , the ocean views  are spectacular ! Sunset from the pool area is stunning! not simply the perfect view  and the high quality villa furnishings, but the ability of  our host (  Gianluca ) to realize in advance the things that a traveler needs, made our dream holiday came true!
Written February 17, 2014
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Kristin366
Cambridge, UK16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Couples
My daughter was married at this castle. She arranged the whole wedding with an italian wedding planner and chose this castle for the ceromony and celebrations. From the coastline it looks rather severe as obviously is was used as a fortification and is not a pretty castle. However there is a very interesting small museum of dinosaurs in part of it which adds interest. The steps in parts are very steep up to the summit but there is a lift which operates halfway up once the steps become steeper. The trip to the top is worth the effort as the view is amazing as one would imagine from a castle that was used as a defence. The wedding ceremony was held right on the top of the castle so it was a fairytale setting overlooking the beautiful Bay of Poets and as the darkness fell lanterns were placed all along the ramparts and the coastal towns came into their own with all their twinkling lights. Obviously not everyone is priviledged to be there for a wedding and also at night but I would still recommend a trip to the castle if staying in the area as it gives the traveller such a wonderful view of all the surrounding sea and country and definitely not to be missed.
Written November 28, 2011
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Tithuy
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
We are very thankful to Joshua for the detailed explanations on the castles and the tips and tricks in the city.
We recommend to come for the sunset, you might have the chance to hear an improvised concert.
Written September 23, 2020
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cooper34083
Stockport, UK60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We visited here in October , the view is amazing. There is a lift to get up to the castle from the town which is really useful and there is a cafe at the top. Inside there’s is a great collection of historical photos of the area . Well worth a visit
Written October 8, 2019
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Nebulous911
254 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
you can take a lift from inside the tunnel next to harbor / quai which will take you up to the top of the castle within minutes. Nice view !!! If no art exhibition, no need to go inside.
Written April 15, 2019
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mooresy2
Champaign-Urbana, IL1,170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
Besides to marvel at the impressive castle perched on the side of a very step hill over Lerici..the other main reason is to enjoy the views. If you approach the castle from the promenade make sure you look at the natural gardening along the sides and below the castle...just amazing
Written May 16, 2014
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kryptogram
Boulder, CO119 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011
We planned a special day for our son, who is dinosaur crazy. This castle and town seemed perfect. I researched for a long time and found nowhere online that showed that the castle wasn't open. Luckily, the museum part of this castle was a surprise for our son, so he didn't have his hopes up. We asked a local and she said the castle has been closed for 5 years! Why is this listed on the Liguria tourism website, with the hours and everything, without listing that it's closed?
Written May 7, 2011
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Heather T
Heathfield, England, United Kingdom23 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
We loved our 5 day break to the area and would thoroughly recommend staying here.
However 1 word of warning if you have a hire car and are trying to park in the town. It is a restricted area and you need authorisation to drive there, we did not know this and so have incurred a heavy fine. Which we have only just received some 10 weeks later!!!
Written September 5, 2019
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