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The small fishing village of Tellaro would be a major attraction almost anywhere in Italy - or indeed Europe - with its colourful harbour and historic centre to explore, but being so close to Portovenere and the more famous villages of the Cinque Terre, all of them stunning, means Tellaro gets rather overlooked by visitors and guide books...
...so take advantage and you will find a lovely village without the tourist crowds of the other villages here!
The centre of Tellaro is all that you would expect and hope for, with beautiful brightly painted houses and narrow alleys, small shady squares and a very attractive seafront area on a small rocky peninsula.
The village is also very small and won't take long to explore but you can stroll up the hill to the church (which apparently has its origins in the 6th century) where you will find the main square in the village, a cafe and a terrace.
You can also see the defensive walls that are still standing, then just sit somewhere near the small harbour and enjoy the sunshine and atmosphere.
If you want upmarket boutiques and shops - you won't find them here! That is the charm of Tellaro compared with many of the places along this section of coast...you also won't find a beach, but sun worshippers sometimes find a sunny boulder in the harbour area to sunbathe!
The coast path between Tellaro and San Terenzo is a very lovely way to see the best that the coast here has to offer - and San Terenzo itself has a beach when you get there.
Alternatively, if you can tear yourself away from the coast there are lots of very pleasant walks in the Montemarcello Magra Regional Natural Park in the hills behind the town.
As well as the local town of Lerici (which also deserves more attention than it gets!) you will most certainly want to spend time exploring both Portovenere and the five villages that make up the Cinque Terre coast while you are here.
You might also like to consider staying in Lerici, which is well placed to explore these and several other interesting places nearby (in fact, Tellaro is officially a part of Lerici).
Map of Tellaro and places to visit
Places to visit near Tellaro
See more places nearby in the Liguria guide