The city of La Spezia is the largest and most populous town in the extreme Levante of Liguria. At the same time, it is undoubtedly a city with fewer attractions than the surrounding villages, those of the magnificent Gulf of Poets.
In most cases, in fact, it is only touched by the large tourist flows attracted by the most illustrious names of the Cinque Terre, Lerici or Porto Venere.
Visiting La Spezia, however, can be a pleasant surprise for the interesting museums, the lively life of the city center and the panorama, with the wide opening on the gulf and with the Apuan Alps in the background.
Staying a few days in La Spezia, moving during the day to explore the surroundings, can be an excellent idea.
Those who want to admire the beauties of this stretch of Liguria, while keeping a low budget, will be able to do so thanks to the cheap hotels and apartments in the city.
What to see in La Spezia
To discover the best of La Spezia, a day and some good advice on what to visit will be enough.
Thaon di Revel bridge
Public Gardens of La Spezia and the monument to Garibaldi
- Origins: the close bond that unites La Spezia to the Marina;
- Workers: The relics resulting from the work of the artisans of the Arsenale;
- Figureheads: the wooden figures that were placed on the prow of ships to ward off bad luck or to flaunt power and wealth;
- Men, feats, heroes: the expeditions to the North Pole and the Hero of the Red Tent
- Technique and excellence: the development of naval architecture from prehistoric times to today;
- Marconi: the most important collection in the world of original Marconi equipment (inaugurated in 2017)
Via del Prione and Corso Cavour
Via del prione and corso Cavour are the busiest and liveliest streets in the center of la spezia.
Here you will find many shops where you can shop in peace, well-frequented bars and cafes and the oldest noble palaces in La Spezia with typical Ligurian architecture.
San Giorgio Castle
CAMeC - Center of Modern and Contemporary Art
Amedeo Lia Civic Museum
La Spezia stairways
- The Cernaia Staircase;
- The Scalinata San Giorgio;
- The Lazzaro Spallanzani staircase.
Beaches of La Spezia
La Spezia is not the ideal city for a seaside holiday. The surroundings, however, are full of beaches, some of which are among the best beaches in Liguria .
A few kilometers away from the capital, in fact, you will find wonderful beaches where you can spend relaxing days under the banner of tanning.
Where sleeping in La Spezia
Often travelers who stay in La Spezia are just passing through.
Many in fact are then directed to the discovery of the Cinque Terre and the other wonderful places of the Levante Ligure .
This type of traveler is often looking for cheaper solutions. For this reason La Spezia is a city full of hotels and apartments for everyone.
In any case, sleeping in La Spezia is much cheaper than staying in the surrounding tourist destinations.
Exploring the Ligurian Levante from La Spezia, moving within a day, could be very practical using the trains and boats that connect the capital to the most beautiful places on the Riviera di Levante.
How to get to La Spezia
Reaching La Spezia is very simple.
La Spezia is easily accessible by car because it is connected by 2 motorways. The A12 Genoa-Livorno and the A15 which connects La Spezia to Parma and the main cities of northern Italy.
The train is just as convenient because the city is located on the railway line that crosses the whole of Liguria. From La Spezia station, as well as easily reaching all the tourist destinations in the surrounding area, you can take advantage of the direct trains to the major Italian cities.
From the port of La Spezia you can leave and arrive from the most beautiful places in the Ligurian Levant: the Cinque Terre, Levanto, Lerici, Portovenere, Tellaro and even Genoa .
Boat trips are recommended during the summer, when they are more frequent and the sea is calmer.
What to see in the Province of La Spezia
ACCOMMODATION IN LA SPEZIA
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