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Page 145. " Monte-Carlo - La Spezia (to see Shelley's last house at Lerici) "

 Monte Carlo in Monaco is well known and loved for its casino culture (Le Grand

View of Monaco
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeView of Monaco - Credit: I, Katonams
Casino) and beautiful beaches. It was also host to various famous performers, including the composer Jules Massenet, with many showcasing their work there in the past.

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.

La Spezia
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeLa Spezia - Credit: William Domenech

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.

Casa Magni, Shelley's house at San Terenzo
Public DomainCasa Magni, Shelley's house at San Terenzo - Credit: Drawn by Captain Daniel Roberts

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…