The bay of poets can be found at the southern end of the Italian Riviera, near the major port city of La Spezia. It takes its name from the many poets and writers who stayed and found inspiration there - Lord Byron, Percy and Mary Shelley, Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf and D. H. Lawrence among many others. It is book-ended by the small resort towns of Lerici and San Terenzo. Both feature a fort above the town, remnants of the days when Genoa was a major naval power and needed to defend its ports. These days, they serve simply to help frame pictures of these pretty little towns.