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    The architecture

    by micas_pt Updated Jul 27, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Something I enjoyed while strolling through La Spezia was the architecture, both in the city as well as in a residential neighborhood that we passed while going up the way to the castle.

    In the case of city’s streets near the sea, the buildings are big and imposing, most of them with carved details. In the villages where I had been previously something I found curious is that buildings are not carved but painted and some of them even look like real carvings made in stone!!

    The residential neighborhood near the castle has some beautiful villas, from which you enjoy a most pleasant view over La Spezia “downtown” and the sea.

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    Golfo dei Poeti

    by micas_pt Written Jul 27, 2004

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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    The churches

    by micas_pt Written Jul 26, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Something nice about La Spezia, as with most Italian villages, is that it has beautiful churches spread around the city. Art in Italy is in fact fantastic and I can never get enough of it. Even in small hidden churches, there is always something beautiful to delight visitor's eyes. Some of those churches, however, are not always opened for visits all day, just at specific hours, unfortunately.

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    The city

    by micas_pt Written Jul 26, 2004

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    Favorite thing: La Spezia is a big city compared to the surrounding villages we had visited so far. Seen from the approaching road, it spreads for a wide area on the slopes of the hills, bathed by the sea. It has a major importance on naval defence of the area - its installations are quite huge and spread for km along the coast.

    We didn't explore La Spezia thoroughly as its surroundings are astounding and we opted for those - Lerici, Cinque Terre and Portovenere were my favourite. While in La Spezia, a stroll along the coastal path, and wandering around the city's streets lined with orange trees and with some interesting architecture, were my favourites. Don't miss the castle and the views at the end of afternoon, under the golden sun.

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    Gulf of the poets

    by matcrazy1 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: .
    The city is located at the center of the La Spezia Gulf called often "Golfo dei poeti" = Gulf of the poets.

    Much more interesting then the city itself are its surroundings: Lericia, Portovenere and the Cinque Terre - look at the picture, I don't have a plane (yet :-), the pic is from the net.
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    Try the canteen in the train...

    by don_kam Written Aug 24, 2002

    Favorite thing: Try the canteen in the train station. They serve good food at great prices. Although the food is mainly for the train drivers, they do serve tourist too!!!!

    Fondest memory: The rocky shores and the warm italian locals

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    Italian streets

    by matcrazy1 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Walking around La Spezia you can see typical narrow streets with charming buildings painted in pastel colours (yellow, pink, orange) of old Italian towns.
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    by rozehill Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Fondest memory: My fondest memory was just a simple orange tree which gave off the most pleasant scent one hot day and it can become sooooooooo hot in this town despite its location by the sea.

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