Mary Shelly’s San Terenzo, Frazione of Lerici

San Terenzo is a frazione of Lerici that we often walk to via the waterfront boardwalk from downtown. Mary Shelly, English author best known for Frankenstein and political radical, moved here in 1818 with her husband Percy Bysshe Shelly. She left shortly after his untimely drowning death near Viareggio (just south of here) in 1822.

The view across the water to San Terenzo from uphill Lerici
When we saw there was a Mary Shelly exhibit celebrating her arrival 200 years ago at the normally closed San Terenzo Castle, we headed up the twisting, turning little pathway to find Frankenstein
Cousins enjoying the San Terenzo Castle courtyard. Lerici Castle is visible behind them
San Terenzo Castle has had repairs recently to damage caused by erosion of the cliff behind it
Mary Shelly lived in the smaller white building overlooking the water
Jeff the mostro – it’s alive!
The exhibit wasn’t much (mainly just this table and audio of monster sounds coming from the attic) but we all had a great time and it was pretty cool to visit the castle
Bosco was intrigued by an anatomically correct plastic reindeer tucked into a closet
The view out the castle window across the Golfo dei Poeti – Mary and Percy are among the poets for which the gulf has come to be known
The view from the castle back to Lerici
The view from the castle down to San Terenzo. Mary Shelly’s white house is to the right of the beautiful beach

2 Comments Add yours

  1. theh2obaby says:

    Clever catch on the opening of San Terenzo castle. I’d like to see inside. Nice photography angles from there, too.


  2. Francine says:

    Very interesting. I like Bosco’s reindeer find lol!


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