La Spezia Travel Guide

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    View of the Castello
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    View from the Castello
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La Spezia Highlights

  • Pro
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     Access to Portovenere and le Cinque Terre 

  • Con
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     Industrial city and port - busy, surely not very charming city 

  • In a nutshell
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     A great starting point, but not the destination 

La Spezia Things to Do

  • surrounding, Cinque Terre

    The walk from Riomaggiore to Monterosso al Mare (an 18 km/11 mi hike), at the steadily-decreasing-in-price-per-day-bought price of 5 Euro for one day, is quite a bargain. You get breathtaking views of the mountains, or rather cliffs, the Mediterranean, and the five cliffside and seaside towns, which all have a similiar, but each slightly varied...

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  • surrounding, portovenere

    Porto Venere is an amazing place very close to La Spezia, in a quiet corner of the gulf and on my opinion is one of the best location which worth a visit here. From its picturesque port, you may explore the narrow street climbig up to the center and up again to the church that dominates all the town. Here you will find a lot of shops selling the...

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  • surrounding, Lerici

    The township, which dates back to roman times, is dominated by a medieval castle now transformed in a magnificent paleontologic museum. There are several beautiful villas in this area and the picturesque old township is surrounded by gardens and sunlit beaches.

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  • Saving money at the Mini-Markets!

    The nice thing about La Spezia is that since its a locals town there are many different markets to shop at that offer food at local prices. If your on a budget you will save a lot of Euro by shopping at these markets as opposed to eating out at some of the more expensive cafe's.

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  • The Marketplace

    The best way to get to know La Spezia is by exploring its marketplace, or business district. Located on a pedestrian only cobblestone path about 10 minutes from the train station, this part of La Spezia is simply brimming with life. There are two open plaza's connecting the long stretch of cobble stone and there are shops on either side. This is...

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  • The Streets of La Spezia

    The streets of this city are long and full of activity. There a fresh vibrant feel to the streets that in part comes from the fact that the streets are full of locals as opposed to tourists. The shops and cafe's are unabashedly Italian and don't cater to the tourists. Walking these streets will give you a true taste of Italy!

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La Spezia Restaurants

  • What do you do on a Sunday in La Spezia?

    As befits a restaurant at the seaside, Bolle in Pentola had extraordinary offerings of freshly-caught fish. But in fairness, it would have had to be awful for me to write a bad review, because we'd literally driven and walked miles and miles trying to find a "real" place to eat -- I do not count gelaterias! It also had terrific bread (my first...

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  • A nice corner

    This restaurant is just in front of the sea, enbedded in the beautiful frame of Porto Venere, near the bathing establishments and the port. dishes are well prepared and pizza is also good. It offers accomodation as well with indipendent entrance for the guest willing to stay at night. Try fried fish or spaghetti alle vongole (clams), they are...

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  • Focaccia, you're so delicious... :))

    The focaccia is a kind of pizza, a bit more salty and oiled, but a true delicacy! This region , Liguria , is also very famous for its food and the focaccia (especially the one made in Genoa) is very popular and appreciated... not only by me!

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La Spezia Nightlife

  • Map Bar

    Hey, i am in La SPezia now. there are a lot of bars and cafe style places in the main shoopping centre next to the Marina.If your after more bar/club action you will need to get in a taxi and travel 20 mins down the road towards florence to the Marinas down there, they have some really good clubs and nights out. We asked in a Bar in La Spezia...

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  • Banging night or pile of shi*e ?

    Well, like most places in Italy this deployment it has been pretty quite compared to most places we have visited in the med.As far as clubs and bars go, its just the regualr cafe style nights out, which are ok if your with female company but not so great if you just want to get on it with the lads!There are a few night clubs but they are all about...

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  • Go where the locals go!

    This is a popular hangout for the younger crowd of La Spezia and was full of people all three nights I went. They serve drinks as well as basic snack items, like sandwiches and pizza. They have internet access as well and the place is decorated with a youthful exuberance that is remincent of many popular American clubs. They have flat screen TVs...

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La Spezia Transportation

  • getting to Pisa on way to Florence

    I just went recently from La Spezia to Florence and bought the one regional ticket which allows to complete the trip in 6 hours, I put my luggage into the baggage depot (3 euro) whicch is at the end of the platform and walked out of station, info office is staioght ahead and just around the corner to left at end of block . grab a map the you can...

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  • The Train Station

    From this train station you can catch trains to Rome and Florence, and other parts of Italy as well, but what makes this particular station important is that this is where you catch the commuter train that runs from La Spezia to Levanto, with the five villages of Cinque Terre in between. In other words its your meal ticket to visiting the Cinque...

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  • By boat

    As I mentioned previously, there are lots of boats arriving and departing from La Spezia. There is a wide choice concerning departures/arrivals to destinations situated on the Golfo dei Poeti, such as Portovenere and Cinque Terre. Also, it is possible to get a boat to/from Corsica, not to mention arriving in La Spezia with your own yacht or sailing...

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La Spezia Shopping

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    A picture for my dad who loves seafood!

    by kzngirl Written Aug 24, 2006

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    When in a foreign country, I always make a bee-line for their supermarkets. I love to spend a couple of hours wandering down the aisles checking out their produces, picking up bottles of wine and other tasty treats to enjoy during my stay. This was no exception! Almost by default we stumbled across this supermarket late one afternoon while it was pouring with rain.

    We had left La Spezia disappointed that the rain had put a sudden end to our explorations, but we perked up once we spotted the IPERCOOP sign. Ipercoops are all over Italy and they are your basic supermarket - usually stocking quite a large variety of items: anything from clothes to electricals to food.

    The prices are average - I would say they are our equivalent of Tesco or Sainsbury's...a place to get all your groceries and other miscellaneous items.

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La Spezia Local Customs

  • When in Rome (or La Spezia), do as the...

    I must have led a charmed life up to this particular venture to Italy, because in all the other countries I visited, English was either one of the standard languages or, in the case of France, I spoke the ambient tongue. I suppose I expected that many, if not most, of the hoteliers and shop keepers and transport personnel in Italy would speak at...

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  • Orange trees

    Something I noticed in this part of Italy is that streets are lined with orange trees, same thing as in some areas of Portugal (my home country). La Spezia is no exception and while strolling through the city's streets you will notice the orange trees covered in oranges (July) making streets even more colourful. In my opinion, the orange trees make...

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  • Culinarily speaking Cinque...

    Culinarily speaking Cinque Terra is known for several things. The pesto grown in this region of Italy is delicious. Just about every meal I had was covered in the delicious, green seasoning! Bring a jar of it home! The white wine from Cinque Terra is also quite good. The house white wine from any of the restaurants was great. With your dessert be...

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La Spezia Warnings and Dangers

  • Looky Looky dudes

    Watch out for the Looky Looky dudes out on the streets trying to seel you random stuff. just say no and walk away. The moment you show any interest, they all congriagte around you like flys round..........you know !!

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  • Be cautious driving to Cinque Terre

    The road to the villages of Cinque Terre from La Spezia, although stunning, are extremely dangerous if you are not careful. Do not attempt to make the drive if you are the least bit tired or otherwise not at your peak performance level. The road weaves it's way up and through the mountainside. There is not much in the way of guardrails or shoulder...

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  • As of late February 2002 the...

    As of late February 2002 the trail between Manarola and Corniglia was closed. Being the curious fellow I am, I was determined to get around the blockades and I did manage to survive the path between the two towns. But I had to carefully scamper across a section of trail washed out by a rockslide (see photo), cross a closed bridge that had missing...

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La Spezia Tourist Traps

  • by noahsdad Written Aug 25, 2002

    Overall, we did not have as good a time in the Cinqueterra as others have had. (We stayed briefly in Vernazza). It *was* picturesque and charming, and we enjoyed a glass of sciacchetra wine. The food was, of course, excellent. But the town was crowded, our room was stuffy, over a noisy kitchen with a noisy jukebox, and had a view of the freight trains that rumbled past all night long. We wanted to like it more. Honest. With a better room, it could have been lovely.

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La Spezia What to Pack

  • Some like it hot

    Although things tend to cool off at night, if you're an American and used to air conditioning, you may find that it is well worth your while to bring a small battery-powered fan with you, or to purchase a slightly larger fan which has the appropriate plug for Italian current. I brought two of the former and we never did get around to buying the...

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  • Packing List

    Bring a daypack and load it with a couple bottles of water and some delicious sandwiches from a local snack bar...then find a spot while hiking the trail and enjoy a scenic lunch! I highly recommend a good pair of trekking shoes for the trail between the 5 towns. There are lots of slopes, stairs, and rocky crossings. If the trail is at all wet the...

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  • Packing List

    comfortable shoes , swimsuit and towel to go swimming at Monterrosso dramamine if u get seasickness easily and you are going to take a boat Bring lots of film!!! Very beautiful, the pics do not do it justice

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La Spezia Off The Beaten Path

  • Islands

    I had the chance to visit the nearby islands with a local guy I had met at a club and found it simply enchanting. In a seculed beach he was able to ride the "baloney pony' until he could not stand it anymore! What a great place! I'm cuming back soon!

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  • Cathedral

    Having seen on a map that La Spezia has a cathedral, we wandered around trying to find it. So far, the churches we had visited in Italy were beautiful and antique, so I was looking forward to visiting "my first" cathedral there. Unlike my expectations, it turned out that La Spezia's cathedral is a modern building, round shaped as a chimney, as...

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  • surrounding, Portovenere

    . Climb up to this church on the picture in Portovenere, try to enter to it's tower to admire the view. When I was there in 1994 the tower was closed to public and there was nobody in the church to ask :-(. .

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La Spezia Favorites

  • surrounding, cinque terre

    If you're a bit confused about locations and places, take a look at a map. As you can see, Cinque Terre are part of a National Park and the five famous villages are not far from La Spezia and Levanto.

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  • surrounding, Portovenere

    . Portovenere is a medieval sea village at the gateway to the Cinque Terre . This enchanting and naturally beautiful town dates back to the Roman era. The lovely view admired from the Church of San Pietro located at the edge of the cliff, inspired famous poets such as Shelley and Byron and from whom took the name Golfo dei Poeti (The Poets' Gulf)....

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  • The naval dockyard

    One thing that struck us about La Spezia was the size of the Naval Dockyard: it is huge!! When we drove past La Spezia heading for Portovenere we took a small road and drove along the naval dockyard for quite some distance. It spreads along the coast for some km, and it is obviously restricted to visitors. Looks like as it is of major importance...

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