La Spezia

A palm-fringed promenade
Renaissance masterpieces
A short travel to "Cinque Terre"

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La Spezia/Cinque Terre

The stunning Gulf of the Poets

The port at the head of the majestic Gulf of La Spezia, an impressively sweeping panorama of islands and rough headlands renamed the Gulf of the Poets, is workaday La Spezia.

A major naval and shipbuilding centre, it has a fine art gallery, the Museo Amedeo Lia, probably the finest collection of medieval and Renaissance art you can enjoy on a holiday to Liguria.
 
Sandwiched between the hills and the sea, La Spezia is now a largely pedestrianized grid of streets behind the palm-fringed harbour front promenade of Viale Mazzini and busy Via Chiodo, focused around the main pedestrian spine of Via del Prione and the central market square of Piazza Cavour, where there is a great selection of fish and other stalls. An excursion to this part of the port will bring you right into the heart of La Spezia where the Museo Amedeo Lia has a large and surprisingly interesting collection, including bronzes, illuminated manuscripts and a wide array of paintings, including lots of fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Italian works, in a restored seventeenth-century Franciscan convent.
 
At the western end of the seafront is the vast naval Arsenale. Just to the left of the entrance, the engaging Museo Tecnico Navale contains lots of wonderful figureheads, models of ships, submersibles and other nautical artefacts.
 
Before continuing your holiday around Italy you have to stop off at the breathtaking folded coastline of the Cinque Terre (Five Lands) that stretches between the beach resort of Levanto and the port of La Spezia. It’s named for five tiny villages – Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore – wedged into a series of coves between sheer cliffs, whose comparative remoteness and dramatic positions make the region the principal scenic highlight of the whole Riviera.

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    REACH THE PORT

    Port of La Spezia

    This section contains information on how to reach the port.

    Cruise Terminal:

    Molo Garibaldi
    Viale San Bartolomeo 109  
    19126  La Spezia

    REACH THE PORT BY

    • Car

      Approaching on the A12 (Tyrrhenian) motorway, A7-A12 (Milan-Genoa-La Spezia) motorway or A15 motorway (Cisa from the East), take the La Spezia/S. Stefano Magra exit.
      Car
    • Train

      La Spezia is located on the main rail and motorway networks at the intersection of the Tyrrhenian-Brenner and coastal lines. You can reach the port by bus (15 minutes) or taxi.
      Train
    • Plane

      The nearest international airport is Pisa Airport, about 80 km from La Spezia.
      Plane

    Italy

    History, gastronomy and fashion
    History, gastronomy and fashion

    A cruise to Italy is an emotional roller coaster. Rome is a tremendous city quite unlike any other, and in terms of historical sights outstrips everywhere else in the country by some way.
     
    Liguria, the small coastal province along the north-west coast, has long been known as the “Italian Riviera” and is accordingly crowded with sun-seekers for much of the summer.
    In Veneto the main focus of interest is, of course, Venice: a unique city, and every bit as beautiful as its reputation would suggest. Tuscany in central Italy represents perhaps the most commonly perceived image of the country, with its classic rolling countryside and the art-packed towns of Florence and Pisa.

    The south proper begins with the region of Campania. Its capital, Naples, is a unique, unforgettable city, the spiritual heart of the Italian south. Puglia, the “heel” of Italy, has underrated pleasures, too, notably the landscape of its Gargano peninsula and the souk-like qualities of its capital, Bari.

    As for Sicily, the island is really a place apart, with a wide mixture of attractions ranging from some of the finest preserved Hellenistic treasures in Europe, to a couple of Italy’s most appealing Mediterranean beach resorts in Taormina and Cefalù, not to mention some gorgeous upland scenery.