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 everyone has done in La Spezia – are the quickest way to understand Spezia people and La Spezia.
So here five things that all have made La Spezia.
1 – A buck on the “Grillo”
Now there’s an advertisement on tv that goes “You’re from Parma if you went on the Grillo…”
Well, the Grillo – crickets in English – are also in La Spezia and it is really difficult that a La Spezia person has not spent a few hours on it, back and forth along Viale Mazzini, getting knackered feet and knees on spring pedals.
Crickets, happiness for children from La Spezia and mixed blessing for parents. Because it’s almost impossible to take away the children once you have put them on one f them; and because – after consuming all the energy to pedal – later the “little monsters” will sleep tight.
2 – Eat a “paneto” at the fair
St. Joseph’s fair is a time that you can hardly explain to those who are not from La Spezia (will never understand what it means for La Spezia).
There are those who love and those who hate it, those who end up living for three days between its banquets and who every year promises to turn away from the city for three days; in any case for everyone La Spezia fair means one thing: the arrival of summer, although it is 19 March and may well be 9 degrees and rain.
And so everyone, absolutely everyone, in those days they ate a “Paneto” (sandwich) at the Fair (because it is strictly so that you say “I eat a Paneto at the Fair”).
3 – Look for the best place to see the fireworks of the Palio (and then end up on the Morin walk)
Like the Fair, and even more the Palio itself, the fireworks of Sea Festival (for La Spezia, familiarly, “the fires of the Palio”) are one of the cornerstones of the city calendar.
The love that people show towards this appointment is a clear sign of the simple and plain soul of the city: some colors in the night sky just to enchant many, for almost an hour, with the nose up.
So on the evening of the first Sunday of August the whole city awaits the fireworks, for those who enjoy them and who should curse (as is the tradition in La Spezia, a bit ‘of grumbling there must be).
Whatever La Spezia, in any case, at least once in their life tried the perfect place to enjoy “the fires of the Palio.” So off to the round of phone calls to find the terrace of the friend of the friend, warms the motor seeking the heights, start with the tour of “pots” for tens of minutes, hoping to guess the lonely and perfectly exposed plain … and then you end up in a crowded place and where you can see so-so.
And then the year after, all in Morin walk, in the crowd. To applaud ironically the first bang and conclude: “Last year they were better!”.
4 – Kissing at the gardens
The gardens are the Crickets place when you are a kid, but not only. For at least 90% of La Spezia people – we bet – it is also a perfect location for the first dalliances. Abandoned the shorts and the cricket, people of La Spezia – just a little older and in the grip of their hormones – see the park benches become very comfortable alcoves.
Almost all have made a beciata “kissing” under the gaze of the Garibaldi satue or repaired by a gigantic magnolias that separate Viale Mazzini from the boulevards.