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La Spezia

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Parks · Landmarks · Military Museums
La Spezia, at the head of the Gulf of La Spezia in the Liguria region of Northern Italy, is the capital city of the province of La Spezia.In terms of population, La Spezia is the second city in the Liguria region, preceded just by Genoa. Located midway between Genoa and Pisa on the Ligurian Sea, it is one of the main Italian military and commercial harbours and hosts the arsenal of the Italian Navy. It is important for its museums, for the Palio del Golfo, and for the railway and boat links with Cinque Terre.HistoryThe area of La Spezia has been settled since pre-historic times. In Roman times the most important centre was Luni, now located in the vicinity of Sarzana (city near La Spezia). Being the capital of the short-lived Niccolò Fieschi Signoria in the period between 1256 and 1273, inevitably linked with the Genoese vicissitudes until the fall of the Republic of Genoa, it grew and changed to develop following the lines of the Ligurian capital. In fact, this Ligurian influence still is visible in the urban layout as well as in the types of buildings and decorations. It can be seen by going along the carrugio, the narrow street dividing the Old Town into two, called Via del Prione taking its name from a pietrone or large stone, in local dialect in fact prione, from where public announcements were read.
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Hidden gems in La Spezia

Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere ©
Park
Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Monesteroli
Hiking Trail
Monesteroli
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports
4.1
Duration: 4 hours
Museo Tecnico Navale della Spezia ©
Military Museum
Museo Tecnico Navale della Spezia
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from La Spezia

Aquarium of Genoa ©
Aquarium
Aquarium of Genoa Genoa
4.1
Duration: 3 hours
Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
World heritage site
Leaning Tower of Pisa Pisa
4.5
Duration: 1 hour
Piazza dei Miracoli ©
Landmark
Piazza dei Miracoli Pisa
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
Portovenere ©
World heritage site
Portovenere Porto Venere
4.8
Duration: 4 hours

Popular things to do in La Spezia

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Spa
Spas
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Museo Civico Amedeo Lia ©
Specialty Museum
Museo Civico Amedeo Lia
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Enoteca la Civilta del Bere e Altro ©
Winery / Vineyard
Enoteca la Civilta del Bere e Altro
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Ponte Thaon di Revel ©
Scenic Drive
Ponte Thaon di Revel
4.3
Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in La Spezia

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Santuario Della Madonna Dell'Olmo ©
Religious Site
Santuario Della Madonna Dell'Olmo
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
Chiesa di Nostra Signora della Neve ©
Religious Site
Chiesa di Nostra Signora della Neve
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
Chiesa Abbaziale di Santa Maria Assunta ©
Church
Chiesa Abbaziale di Santa Maria Assunta
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
Chiesa di San Venerio In Migliarina ©
Religious Site
Chiesa di San Venerio In Migliarina
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes

Shopping in La Spezia

Stoppani & Peer - Drogheria Storica La Spezia
Gift & Specialty Shop
Stoppani & Peer - Drogheria Storica La Spezia
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Neo Aristeo ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Neo Aristeo
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
Buonissimo
Gift & Specialty Shop
Buonissimo
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Le Terrazze
Gift & Specialty Shop
Le Terrazze
3.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in La Spezia

Castle of Saint Giorgio ©
Specialty Museum
Castle of Saint Giorgio
3.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Museo Diocesano Della Spezia ©
Art Museum
Museo Diocesano Della Spezia
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes
Museo Del Sigillo ©
Specialty Museum
Museo Del Sigillo
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes
Museo Civico Etnografico ©
Specialty Museum
Museo Civico Etnografico
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes

Places to visit with La Spezia

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