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La SpeziaItaly

This port town exudes energy with a busy harbor and streets buzzing with local activity. It’s also home to places of historic and cultural interest.

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.

Top Hotels in La Spezia

NH La Spezia
NH La Spezia
4 out of 5
Via XX Settembre, 2, La Spezia, SP
The price is CA $111 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in La Spezia Historic Centre, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Piazza Garibaldi. La Spezia Centrale Station is 19 minutes by foot.

3.8/5Good! (469 reviews)

"The staff was very courteous and helpful. They answered any question I had about transportation of the city. The restaurant was good at dinner, great burgers."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 5, 2020

NH La Spezia
CDH Hotel La Spezia
CDH Hotel La Spezia
4 out of 5
Via XX Settembre, 81, La Spezia, SP
The price is CA $100 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Located in La Spezia Historic Centre, this hotel is steps away from Museo Civico Etnografico Giovanni Podenzana, Museo Diocesano and Castello San Giorgio. Palazzina ...

4/5Very Good! (925 reviews)
What a pleasant stay!

"The hotel was nice and cozy. The AC was blasting in my face the moment I walked inside my room, so no worries about sleeping in your sweat. They had a delicious breakfast buffet which was handled well by the staff. Because of COVID-19, you choose what you want from the menu. The hotel has a parking ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 8, 2020

CDH Hotel La Spezia
Miramare Apartments & Suites
Miramare Apartments & Suites
Via della Lizza, 23, La Spezia, SP
The price is CA $94 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Situated in La Spezia, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Church of Nostra Signora della Neve, Il Faro and Piazza Garibaldi. Amadeo Lia Museum ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (44 reviews)

"Stunning views, lovely and clean place to stay. It took the AC over a day to kick in and it was very faint in the bedroom, so uncomfortably hot. And the mosquitos were awful even with the AC on."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 9, 2020

Miramare Apartments & Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in La Spezia

Miramare Apartments & Suites
Miramare Apartments & Suites
Via della Lizza, 23, La Spezia, SP
The price is CA $94 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Situated in La Spezia, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Church of Nostra Signora della Neve, Il Faro and Piazza Garibaldi. Amadeo Lia Museum ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (44 reviews)

"Stunning views, lovely and clean place to stay. It took the AC over a day to kick in and it was very faint in the bedroom, so uncomfortably hot. And the mosquitos were awful even with the AC on."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 9, 2020

Miramare Apartments & Suites
Levante Residence
Levante Residence
Via Vappa 7, La Spezia, Liguria
The price is CA $66 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 5

This family-friendly apartment building is located in the city centre, within 2 mi (3 km) of Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (CAMeC), Castello San Giorgio ...

4.3/5Excellent! (169 reviews)

"Hosts are very friendly and nice and the place is a walking distance to the train station to connect to Cinque Terre."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 7, 2019

Levante Residence
Lia Apartment
Lia Apartment
3 out of 5
Via Carso 6, La Spezia, SP

Situated in La Spezia, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Garibaldi, Church of Nostra Signora della Neve and Amadeo Lia Museum. Palazzina ...

Lia Apartment
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in La Spezia

Cattedrale di Cristo Re
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Cattedrale di Cristo Re

Admire the striking modern design of this cathedral. Its hilltop location ensures you will also enjoy stunning views of the Gulf of La Spezia.

Museo Civico Etnografico Giovanni Podenzana
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Museo Civico Etnografico Giovanni Podenzana

Gain insight into the culture and traditions of the rural communities of the historic Lunigiana territory at this fascinating museum.

Top things to do in La Spezia

Cinque Terre tour with Limoncino tasting from La Spezia
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Cinque Terre tour with Limoncino tasting from La Spezia

CA $76
Per adult
Gulf of Poets boat tour: the 3 islands
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Gulf of Poets boat tour: the 3 islands

CA $109
Per adult
La Spezia Shore Excursion: Cinque Terre & Limoncino tasting
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La Spezia Shore Excursion: Cinque Terre & Limoncino tasting

CA $76
Per adult
Local Market visit and Dining at a local's home in La Spezia
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Local Market visit and Dining at a local's home in La Spezia

CA $216
Per adult
The art of the Aperitivo with a local in Cinque Terre
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The art of the Aperitivo with a local in Cinque Terre

CA $163
Per adult
Day Tour Pisa and Florence from La Spezia Cruise Port (Price Per Car)
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Day Tour Pisa and Florence from La Spezia Cruise Port (Price Per Car)

CA $1,266
Per adult

Reviews of La Spezia

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Oct 10, 2019

Cinque Terre: cute but a tourist trap! Over rated! Too many, too mamy tourists! But DO NOT miss Porto Venere! The REAL JEWEL of Cinque Terre! (...but don't tell anyone)

5/5 - Excellent

Cynthia

Aug 16, 2019

Beautiful little town with Cinque Terre villages really worth visiting!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jul 31, 2019

Although we didn't have a chance to take in much of La Spezia,

5/5 - Excellent

BryanB

Jul 27, 2019

La Spezia area isa beautiful area; Cinque Terre and Puertovenere are amazing.

4/5 - Good

KansasQuebec

Jun 13, 2019

Did not have time to explore the city. Took the boat to Cinque Terre and enjoyed a wonderful day visiting the villages. Highly recommended!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jun 13, 2019

Great location as base to explore Cinque Terre.

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