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Farinata, oro che non luccica

Farinata: gold that doesn’t shine!

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La farinata, queen of poor yet reach in flavor cuisine Don’t call it “cecina”, nor “torta”, or “caldacalda”:  there are many dishes made from chickpea flour throughout Italy, but here it is called Farinata (fainà). And here it is much more than a simple dish: in La Spezia cooking, farinata is a real landmark, a […]

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Le Rosse ad Albana

Le Rosse, Carabbean allure in the small beach of Albana

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Difficult to reach on foot (and swimming), so popular among those who cruise around the Gulf by boat: le Rosse beach enchants swimmers and sailors.  If you look at the coast of La Spezia from the panoramic terrace of San Pietro in Porto Venere or during a boat trip to the Cinque Terre, Le Rosse […]

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Rice cake sweet or savory? No, it’s stupid!

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A very typical La Spezia’s local food is the torta di riso – the rice cake, in two, or even three possible versions. If you look at it from Liguria, the rice cake isthat savory one; if you come from Carrara it’s sweet (although also in La Spezia there are sweet rice cakes variants). And […]

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Panigacci and Testaroli: meanings and differences

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Many food specialties in La Spezia area come from the hinterland. Two of them are Panigacci and Testaroli, made from the same dough with slight differences in preparation and traditions. “But what is the difference between panigacci and testaroli?” You might wonder during a stay  between Deiva Marina and Lunigiana. It’s not easy to give […]

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The true recipe of the stuffed mussels

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Stuffed mussels, two different recipes for a traditional dish of La Spezia. How about every tradition worthy of respect, even on stuffed mussels (traditional food of La Spezia) there is a bitter confrontation. n detail, it is discussed on one thing: the mortadella ham is necessary to the success of the recipe or not? As […]

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Did the Pitei monster ever exist? Truth and legend revealed

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“Who are you?” “’The Pitei Monster!”. In this local rhyming doggerel is all we know about the popular  legendary character of the Pitelli Monster. Truth or legend? In La Spezia and surroundings, there are at least two characters that everyone knows: Strina and “The Monster from Pitelli”. Both are in between reality and legend, and no one […]

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The British discover there is more than the Cinque Terre: the Telegraph on Portovenere

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Attracted by the Cinque Terre, tourists from across the Channel are starting to look around and discover what to do in Cinque Terre and beyond. The Telegraph recommens to visit Porto Venere and Tellaro Porto Venere? It is not less beautiful than the Cinque Terre and it is also quieter: definitely worth a visit. This […]

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Not to miss in La Spezia: 12 panoramic view points

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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 pictures. 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 […]

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Belin means? One word, many meanings. A compendium about a Ligurian word.

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Impossible to visit Liguria without hearing the word: “Belin!”. It sounds like a good word for many situations. For La Spezia and Liguria visitors here is a The Dictionary of Belino, essential to never lose the sense of the speech in La Spezia and surroundings. A word, a thousand meanings: notes about the Belin Belin, for […]

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Madonna Bianca: a miracle in Portovenere

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The feast of the Madonna Bianca that every year on August 17 animates the village of Portovenere, has ancient origins. The birth of the Marian devotion in Portovenere dates back to a summer night in 1399 when the house of one Luciardo occurred a miracle “August 16, 1399, the voice goes around from street to street:” […]

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