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Hop off the tourist trail and experience the lively atmosphere of this busy La Spezia. Visitors use this naval city as a gateway to the picturesque villages of the Cinque Terre coast. A pretty harbor, art nouveau-style villas, appealing museums and interesting churches also make La Spezia a worthy destination on its own.
The city is in an attractive setting, situated between the olive tree-strewn hills of the Ligurian Apennines and the deep blue waters of the Gulf of La Spezia. It is easy to navigate the city on foot as it has a pedestrianized grid system. Head to the deep-water harbor and watch the ferrymen, fishermen and tourists dock at the bustling port. Then stroll along the palm-fringed promenade for views of the beautiful craggy coast.
La Spezia has been inhabited since prehistoric times, with evidence of Bronze Age, Iron Age and Roman settlements in this area. Learn about its varied history at the town’s museums. Examine historical artifacts at Castello San Giorgio and Museo Civico Etnografico Giovanni Podenzana or educate yourself on its naval heritage at Museo Tecnico Navale.
Wind your way through the narrow lanes of La Spezia’s Old Town to discover several sacred buildings including Cattedrale di Cristo Re, the Church of Santi Giovanni e Agostino and the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. The latter is home to an impressive array of renowned religious artworks.
Art lovers should also pay a visit to the popular Museo Civico Amedeo Lia to admire fine Renaissance pieces from Tintoretto, Titian and others. Stop in the covered market at Piazza Cavour to pick up snacks or supplies for dinner.
Take the train or drive from major Italian cities to reach La Spezia. Leave your car here and continue to Cinque Terre for a daytrip or longer visit with a regional hike-and-ride rail trip year-round or passenger ferry in the summer.
With great museums and an exciting urban ambience, La Spezia is a perfect destination for those seeking an authentic experience of Mediterranean life.
Accommodation in La Spezia
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Two upmarket places in La Spezia are the Le Ville Relais, which can be found at Salita al Piano 18/19, and the NH La Spezia, at Via XX Settembre, 2. The Hotel Firenze E Continentale and the CDH My One Hotel La Spezia are good options too.
Located in La Spezia Historic Centre, this property is within a 10-minute walk of Cattedrale di Cristo Re, La Spezia Cruise Terminal, and Ferry Terminal. Castello San Giorgio and Church of Santa Maria Assunta are also within 15 minutes.
Located in La Spezia Historic Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Garibaldi, Church of Nostra Signora della Neve, and Amadeo Lia Museum. Church of Nostra Signora della Salute and Palazzina delle Arti e Museo del Sigillo are also within 10 minutes.
Located in La Spezia Historic Centre, this hotel is steps from Museo Civico Etnografico Giovanni Podenzana, Museo Diocesano, and Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Castello San Giorgio and Palazzina delle Arti e Museo del Sigillo are also within 5 minutes.
Situated on the waterfront, this townhouse accommodation is within 3 mi (5 km) of Church of Nostra Signora della Neve, Piazza Garibaldi, and Amadeo Lia Museum. Naval Museum and National Museum of Transport are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in La Spezia Historic Centre, this guesthouse is steps from Amadeo Lia Museum, Church of Nostra Signora della Neve, and Palazzina delle Arti e Museo del Sigillo. Piazza Garibaldi and Museo Diocesano are also within 5 minutes.
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of LaSpeziaExpo, La Spezia Cruise Terminal, and Cattedrale di Cristo Re. Le Terrazze is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away.
Located in the heart of La Spezia, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Church of Nostra Signora della Salute, National Museum of Transport, and Piazza Garibaldi. Church of Nostra Signora della Neve and Amadeo Lia Museum are also within 15 minutes.