Category: Local Insider

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Batiston, the roots of La Spezia carnival

Batiston, a true La Spezia local aiming at being the king of Carnival. A short story of the traditional mask from La Spezia. In Neaple Pulcinella, Venezia has its Pantalone and Colombina, Viareggio has Burlamacco, Bologna its Balanzone, Arlecchino is from Bergano and Gianduia from...

Did the Pitei monster ever exist? Truth and legend revealed

“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”....

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From the butts to the birds, art works La Spezia people (probably) did not understand

In recent years, the streets of La Spezia and contemporary art have crossed repeatedly. Often it was the occasion for misunderstanding: a brief history from the “Mikado” sculpture to Tomaino and Buren From the so-told Mikado sculpture to Buren’s portals, recent La Spezia history is crowded...

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

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...

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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...

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The Palio del Golfo in numbers

A journey through the Palio del Golfo and its history by following the numbers that have built the tradition. The competition between the fishing villages that Sunday, August 7, 2016 will be held in the waters of the Morin walk of La Spezia is certainly...