Monte Carlo in Monaco is well known and loved for its casino culture (Le Grand
Nearby La Spezia meanwhile, was described by Ernest Hemingway as follows – “The roads are wide and the houses high and yellow” – and in the novel ‘Sir’, it is referred to as “the blue city of dreams and love.”
The town is part of the Italian Riveria and subsequently is a beautiful place to visit, ‘guarded’ as it is by the castle located at the entrance of the Gulf of La Spezia.
LMS journeyed to La Spezia specifically to see Percy Bysshe Shelley’s abode – Casa Magni (pictured), which was in actual fact, a boathouse of some vintage.
The writer however, who shared his home with his wife Mary Shelley, tragically met his end in the scenic surroundings, drowning in the Bay of Spezia on July 8, 1822…