La Spezia La Spezia local insider

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 Turin, Baciccia goes around Genova. It’s very clear that Carnival is spread in Italy throughout Italy, but what is the traditional mask of La Spezia? Starting from the fact that in the eastern Liguria the carnival doesn’t seem to be essential as it is in…

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La Spezia local insider Portovenere What's Up

Madonna Bianca 2016: reach Portovenere (ferry or bus)

On August 17, as tradition, Porto Venere dresses of lights and magic. Not recommended to reach the town by car, here timetables and ferry fares Porto Venere is a village of rare beauty, but the night of the 17 August – by tradition – is even more magical. It is on that day, in fact, that on the feast of the Madonna Bianca The profile of the village lights up thanks to the candles placed by the inhabitants: San Pietro that standing in the dark is something that remains every…

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La Spezia La Spezia local insider

Il Batiston accende la fiera di San Giovanni a Migliarina

Il Batiston, i banchetti, la fiera di beneficenza e tanti spettacoli: a Migliarina arriva la fiera di San Giovanni. Il programma di tre giorni di festa   Come da tradizione in occasione dell’occorrenza di San Giovanni, Migliarina si veste a festa: dal 23 al 25 giugno 2017, infatti, Largo Marcantone e via Sarzana ospiteranno i banchetti per la tradizionale fiera di San Giovanni. Evento clou dei festeggiamenti, dopo il ritorno dello scorso anno, è il falò del Batiston (verdì 23 giugno alle 21.30, nel piazzale della chiesa). Batiston: alle 21.30 si accende la tradizione Tornato…

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Three ways to fall in love with the Cinque Terre (again)

Too crowded in the high season, the Cinque Terre still show their soul to those who want to find out. Here are three ways to do it. Japanese photographers taking photos of the Germans with sandals, american blondes with squeaky white teeth, crowded trains. Many people who “have been there, have done that” as they hear Cinque Terre, will first visualize these images. Yet, if tourism has changed the face of the Cinque Terre Riviera in recent years, there are still ways to explore the most genuine nature of the…

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La Spezia La Spezia local insider

Gli spezzini e la fiera: tipologia dello spezzino doc

Chi la ama e chi la odia. Ecco come la fiera può essere utilizzata per categorizzare gli spezzini. Una veloce tipologia degli spezzini veri.   Un’altra fiera va in archivio, spalancando le porte alla bella stagione e portandosi dietro il consueto delirio di brigidini, porchetta, bancarelle, folla e croccante. Cosa ci lascia? Un po’ di stanchezza, qualche emozione, ma soprattutto la conferma che gli spezzini hanno un rapporto strano con la fiera di San Giuseppe. Non tutti gli spezzini vivono i tre (o quattro giorni di San Giuseppe) allo stesso…

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Tellaro: how an octopus saved one of the most beautiful hamlets of Italy

East end of the Gulf of Poets, Tellaro is on the list of most beautiful villages in Italy drawn up by the Italian Touring Club. The legend says that it was a bell-ringer octopus to save the village from a pirate invasion One with its cliffs, the end of the east of the town of Lerici, Tellaro is one of the most beautiful and scenic of the entire Gulf of Poets. The poet Mario Soldati lived here, but the real star of the village is an octopus, which is the…

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Eat Local La Spezia local insider

The true recipe of the stuffed mussels

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 we have done for the porridge, panigacci and testaroli and sgabei, we try to look further in the matter. No mortadella, Chef Paracucchi used to make muscles this way This recipe is from the book…

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La Spezia local insider Lerici

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”. Both are in between reality and legend, and no one can settle the ball of what is the real version of their story. About what is known about Strina’s life – even if with some difficulties – we have already written, pulling the strings of what is said…

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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 with art works people hardly understood. La Spezia people unaccostomed to modern art? Sure. It should be said that the shown reluctance – sometimes with benevolent affection – has in some cases more than a few valid reason.   Let’s retrace some episodes of this misunderstood La…

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La Spezia local insider Portovenere

The British discover what to do in Cinque Terre & Beyond: 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 and it is also quieter: definitely worth a visit. This is the opinion of the UK’s The Telegraph newspaper, which in an article on 21 Italian places you would never think to be worth a visit, places the seaside village near La Spezia in fifth…

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