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A La Spezia, just minutes from
Lerici. Portovenere, and
Cinque Terre

La Spezia

The city of La Spezia is in the centre of a large gulf which, along the section from Lerici to Portovenere, is called the Gulf of Poets.

This name comes from the fact that over the centuries, many poets, writers and artists spent periods of residence in the gulf’s towns. Among the many artists that loved this area, we recall the writer, David Herbert Lawrence, the writer and painter, George Sand, the poet Lord Byron and the writer Percy Bysshe Shelley.  The city underwent its large urban expansion during the period of the construction of the Maritime Military Arsenal, conceived by Camillo Benso conte di Cavour and designed by Domenico Chiodo in 1860. Its economy, developed over the past mainly around the military and commercial port, is now aimed more at the tourist sector because of its closeness to the Cinque Terre, today visited by thousands of tourists from all over the world. All the villages along the coast are connected to the La Spezia central station by regular service. An alternative to the train is the maritime connection: from the Italia jetty, in spring and summer, tourist lines depart for Lerici, Porto Venere, the Cinque Terre, Portofino and Genova. To note: the two tourist places, Porto Lotti and Porto Mirabello, with bars, restaurants and swimming pools. The town is also known for its fish market where, every morning, there is fresh fish from La Spezia’s waters and, not to be missed, mussels and other shellfish from La Spezia. 

Art and Culture

The museum system in La Spezia is quite interesting.

Museo Civico Amedeo Lia [Amedeo Lia Civic Museum].  This is in the seventeenth century convent compound of the Paolotti brotherhood, and it came into being after the important donation by Amedeo Lia of works to the town. The collection includes Italian and foreign paintings and miniatures dating from the 13th to the 18th centuries, as well as sculptures and antique, Medieval and modern objects.

Museo del Castello di San Giorgio St. George Castle Museum]. The fortification (14th-17th centuries) rises up on the Poggio hill on which the first inhabited town of La Spezia is situated. Today, the restored Castle is the home of the “U.Formentini” Civic Archaeological Museum which includes finds and evidence of the use of the territory from Prehistory to the Middle Ages.   

Museo del Sigillo [Signet Museum]. This offers the most complete private collection of signets ever assembled, displaying seals from the 4th millennium B.C. to the present day.

CAMEc - Centro di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea [Centre of Modern and Contemporary Art].  There is a rotating collection of plastic and painted art coming from the Gulf Prize events, founded in 1933, and from recent donations by Cozzani and Battolini.

Museo Tecnico Navale [Naval Technical museum].  This is a rich collection of civil, technological and cultural heritage connected to the history of the Military Marines and the Navy from the origins of navigation to our times.

Museo Etnografico [Ethnographi Museum]. In the home of the former 15th century Oratorium of  San Bernardino, this museum offers an exhaustive synthesis of the culture of antique traditions of historical Lunigiana with objects from the personal wardrobe, household furnishings, costumes, artefacts and textiles, tools for spinning and weaving dating from between the 17th century and the early 20th centuries.

The Saint Joseph Festival is held every year on March 19, on the occasion of the patron saint of the city. The fair, lasting three days, is the city’s oldest commercial display.  

The Sea Festival is an historic appointment for the city, taking place every year on the first Sunday of August. It is a competition that involves the marine villages in an exciting rowing race. The day before, the villagers parade around the city, with picturesque costumes representing the theme previously selected, and ends on Sunday evening with a fireworks display on the gulf waters. 

The Navy Festival, an art, culture, science and tradition biennial of the sea, takes place in June. It is an important event that involves all the towns along the gulf with numerous shows, concerts, exhibits and regattas under the banner of the naval culture. 

Useful links

Official town site of La Spezia:
Information portal for La Spezia and province:
Local Tourist Board:

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