Golfo dei Poeti (Poet’s Gulf) is the name of this coast, also known as La Spezia’s Gulf. It spreads from Portovenere and the Cinque Terre till Lerici, being that La Spezia is situated on a bay.
It is said that Byron and Shelley named the area, since both were great admirers of this beautiful coastal landscape. They say that Byron once swam across the bay from Portovenere till San Terenzo to visit Shelley.
Take a look at the colorful boats or hire one :-).
If you prefer hiring a boat with driver or being ferried to the nearby islands refer to the boatmen sitting on the wharf, in front of Bar Lamia.