Gulf of Poets History and culture La Spezia Sightseeing Tips

Visit of the Technical Naval Museum in La Spezia

Many visitors in wish to see the Naval Base and arsenal of the city, but the Technical and Naval Museum of La Spezia next to it is is definitely worth a visit. La Spezia naval base is since 1870 one of the main Navy ports in Italy, but visiting it is not possible for security reasons. Yet, those who are interested in the navy and telecommunication history can definitely enjoy a visit to the Technical Naval Museum in La Spezia, right next to the base. Specially kids will love the…

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Cinque Terre Gulf of Poets Tips What's Up

Enjoying the blue deep: Scuba Diving in Cinque Terre and La Spezia

The Gulf of Poets and Cinque Terre have many beauties, and the marine background of the whole area is not less worthy. More and more appreciated by diving lovers from all over the world, scuba diving in Cinque Terre and La Spezia offers a wide variety of animal and vegetable species to the depths enthusiasts. The area is also part of the Sanctuary of Cetaceans since 1999, wxtended from northern Sardinia, Côte d’Azur and South of Tuscany, where it is easy to see whales, dolphins and many other also for…

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Cinque Terre Highlights Tips Trekking

Beyond the Kingdom’s Borders: hiking from Levanto to Framura

Technically they are not in Cinque Terre, but with the Cinque Terre they share the history, the atmosphere and the beauties: beyond the Punta Mesco the trail between Levanto and Framura, passing through Bonassola goes through the scented forest and always looks at the sea to discover spacious beaches and historic charm. If you ask a local, Cinque Terre is an area enclosed between Punta Schiara and Punta Mesco, where the five villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso are included, giving the area its name (Cinque Terre means…

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Tips Trekking

The sea Trail, to swim carefree between Vernazza and Monterosso

The coast of the Cinque Terre by the sea: a joy for the eyes not only for those who own a boat. The success of the Cinque Terre makes them very attractive for those who like to sail and motorboats, yachts, sailboats flock more and more in the coves and beaches of this stretch of coast, sometimes in the not too open sea and approaching the shore. But for those who like to swim and admire the scenic beauty of the Cinque Terre, amplified by the sensation of being immersed…

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Private tour of La Spezia
History and culture La Spezia Tips

The Castiglione Countess, a dandy from La Spezia

Observes passersby in front of her house with a strange monocle is the Countess of Castiglione, who had a father from La Spezia, with her original personality made her beauty a dandy icon, while playing with the strategies and tactics of diplomatics. Virginia Oldoini was born in Florence in 1837, daughter of the Marquis of La Spezia Filippo Oldoini and cousin of Count Camillo Benso di Cavour, who a few years later in Spezia put his eyes to build a formidable military base at the time, taking advantage of the natural…

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La Spezia La Spezia local insider Tips

Live like a local: what you should have done for a proper local experience

La Spezia, elusive at first glance, it is rather a city that has its own traditions in the little things of everyday life. There are things that all La Spezia people did: here are 5, to begin to understand them.   La Spezia is a strange city. Who approaches it, at first glance hardly understands. It almost seems that it does not have an identity. Yet there are experiences shared by all its inhabitants, moments of life together that create a unique soul. These small daily behavior – things that…

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La Spezia La Spezia local insider Tips

Not to miss in La Spezia: 12 panoramic view points

From the hidden villages to the sea, from the Val di Magra to over the Cinque Terre: a journey through the province in 12 exceptional slides. From east to west, from the border with Tuscany to the Cinque Terre and Beyond: the area of La Spezia is a postcard land. You can also visit it searching for its many sights , to close it in a series of infinite beauty shots. You will get a surprise route, made of sea views, and not just that. Below the one we would…

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Is La Spezia worth visiting? Hell Yeah!

La Spezia, ugly city where the tourist should not stop. Things are not like that anymore. Here are the top four reasons why La Spezia became a city worth visiting. Everyone knows the Cinque Terre , everyone knows the upper Tuscany coast, many know the Lunigiana, not many think of La Spezia as a possible tourist destination. If the recent past, this made sense, today it is a shame not givng the slightest attention to the city, the gray and drab industrial center of the second half of the twentieth century is now…

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Cinque Terre Highlights La Spezia Tips

Natural Parks in the Cinque Terre and La Spezia area

Not only the Cinque Terre and its marine reserve, but a lot of green space and many opportunities to experience nature: are the regional and national nature parks included in the territory of La Spezia, often all to be discovered for those who live here. The territory of La Spezia includes one national park , two regional parks , four RN2000 protected areas. Overall, about 20,000 hectares of territory where you can find a varied natural landscape biodiversity. But what are these territories, and how can we enjoy them at…

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Gulf of Poets Portovenere Tips What's Up

Madonna Bianca: il miracolo di Portovenere

16 agosto 1399, la voce gira di strada in strada: “In casa di Luciardo è successo un miracolo. La Madonna è diventata Bianca!” La festa della Madonna Bianca, che ogni anno il 17 agosto anima il borgo di Portovenere, ha origini molto antiche. La nascita del culto mariano portovenerino risale a una notte estiva del 1399, quando in casa di tal Luciardo si verificò un miracolo. Il miracolo della Madonna Bianca di Portovenere Era il 16 agosto dell’ultimo anno del 1300. In casa sua, Luciardo stava pregando davanti a un’icona…

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