The Gulf of La Spezia, bordered by the promontories of Lerici and Portovenere, tightened as in an embrace between the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto, has always attracted military interests for its particular orography and geographical position: the first settlements date back to the Roman times, even if the first fortifications were built by the Maritime Republic of Genoa, with numerous castles placed to protect the Gulf.
In the nineteenth century it was Napoleon Bonaparte who exalted the military vocation of the bay, commissioning the construction of the royal maritime military arsenal under the reign of Vittorio Emanuele II of Savoy. Since then, numerous defensive works have been erected to defend the city: forts, towers, batteries to avoid attacks by sea and the imposing walls to prevent attacks by land.
The path that allows you to admire this splendid work erected at the end of the nineteenth century, starts from the Cathedral of Cristo Re, an imposing circular building that dominates from the high Piazza Europa, where the buildings of the Municipality and the Prefecture are located.
With a steep climb you go up the hill of Ferrara which formerly housed on its summit the convent of the Capuchin friars and the villa of the Marquis Oldoini, to which Virginia, the countess of Castiglione dedicated great care and attention. The park runs along the imposing walls until it first reaches Porta Isolabella and then Porta Castellazzo, the highest point of the entire route, and then descends under the church of Pius X, until it reaches the Parco della Rimembranza, on the hill of Gaggiola, seat of the Convent of the Franciscan friars.
On the walls you can admire numerous Caponiere, defensive structures that protrude from the fortification to protect the curtain and the moat with a threaded shot, which can also consist of a suspension bridge over the moat.
Along the way, various areas equipped for children playing and sporting activities have been installed from where you can admire splendid views of the Gulf of Poets and its surrounding hills, in a relaxing and natural atmosphere just a few steps from the city.
19 January 2022
The Park of the Walls: balcony on the Gulf of Poets
13 October 2021
Creuza de Ma: seaside mule track
1 April 2021
Loop San Terenzo – La Serra – Rocchetta – Zanego – Lerici
13 December 2020
The Parish church of Marinasco: breathtaking terrace over the Gulf of Poets
6 November 2020
L’Antro del Corchia: the jewel of the Apuan Alps
23 October 2020
The Monterosso’s lemons’ festival
11 October 2020
The origins of the Via dell’Amore
21 April 2020
Lerici and San Terenzo: the bay of the english
27 March 2020
Vernazza: on the waterfront
7 December 2019
Corniglia: a terrace on the sea
8 September 2019
The path 436: from Montemarcello to Punta Corvo beach
22 April 2019
The anchovies of Monterosso
3 December 2018
The Via Francigena: walking in the history
18 September 2018
The path n. 508: from Vernazza to Reggio
2 May 2018
Portovenere: splendid pearl on the sea!
11 January 2018
Montereggio: a village of booksellers and publishers
15 November 2017
From Lerici to Bocca di Magra with the Liguria Trail (SL)
13 August 2017
The island of Palmaria
14 March 2017
Sciacchetrail 2017 – Third Edition
24 January 2017
Tellaro: the pearl of the Gulf of Poets
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