La Spezia Carnival traditions

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Batiston, the guy who pined for being the king of the La Spezia carnival. A brief history of the traditional mask. Naples has Pulcinella, Venice has Pantalone and Colombina, Viareggio has Burlamacco, Bologna has Balanzone, Arlecchino is from Bergamo and Gianduia from Turin, Baciccia goes around Genoa and La Spezia? What is the typical mask […]

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The "natural Pool" of Portovenere: on saturday!

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Dust the dinghies and mats, turn off the engines: on Saturday afternoon the Porto Venere canal will turn into a huge swimming pool. Saturday, August 24th, in fact, the second of the two traditional annual appointments with the natural pool of Porto Venere will be held. Although the distance between the two closest points of […]

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Madonna Bianca: a miracle in Portovenere

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The Feast of the White Madonna is approaching, which on 17 August 2022 returns to illuminate Portovenere after two years of limitations due to Covid. For this very important Feast for the entire Gulf of Poets, the streets of the village are filled with thousands of candlelights, and even in the sea, the boats gather […]

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The numbers of the Palio del Golfo

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A journey through the Palio del Golfo and its history by the numbers that have built a great tradition. The competition between the fishing villages that today, August 4 2019 takes place in the waters of the Morin walk of La Spezia is certainly one of the most lively and felt traditions of La Spezia […]

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The most beautiful hamlets in Italy in La Spezia area

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There are several rankings about the “most beautiful villages in Italy”, such as the Touring Club’s and the one of the ANCI association. One thing is certain: the province of La Spezia abounds with many times prized hamlets. In 2016 the touring Club certified with the assignment of the Orange Flag four of the most […]

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The san Giuseppe Fair Explained explained to non-locals

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Who was not born in La Spezia struggles to understand the “fair of San Giuseppe” phenomenon, three days in which La Spezia goes mad and banquets are assaulted even by people who do not care about shopping. Here’s how to explain what happens to the city around March 19th. The San Giuseppe Fair is an […]

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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 manydishes 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 piece of […]

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10 things to see in La Spezia – One day in La Spezia

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With the cruise ships in the city and the international success of the Cinque Terre, the number of tourists who are in La Spezia grows as in a passage to be interpreted. Better to quickly reach the station to take the train to the Cinque Terre or be surprised by the city? Sometimes a little […]

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Raftideda: the art of recycling that tells the sea

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Tiziano and Davide Illiano bring the works of poor art and recycling to the DoInItaly Experience Store In their works, made in the laboratory of La Spezia and until now only visible on the markets of crafts, those who love the sea can recognize, breathe, admire it in the moonlight or in the creatures that inhabit it. […]

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