The Saint Joseph Fair in La Spezia

The San Giuseppe Fair 2018 arrives, “highlight” of spring in the city, celebrating San Giuseppe patron, with its long-awaited white night of music and museums.

From almost all the La Spezia people the Fair is expected with trepidation: tradition has it that it abounds porchetta, sausages, crispy, zeppole and brigidini. The fair announces that spring is now full, that begins the most beautiful season to stay out and enjoy the days that stretch.
The 2018 fair will take place between Saturday 17 and Monday 19 March between 8am and 8pm, on the occasion of “the white Saturday night”, the stalls will remain open until 10pm, with music in the squares and museums open.

The San Giuseppe Fair Manifesto

For those new to the Fair, but not only for them, it is useful to know that the 588 stalls will be installed in almost all the streets of the center between Via Chiodo and Piazza Verdi and the sea, the public gardens to Largo Fiorillo, where the Cruise Terminal is located. New this year, the Consortium of Farinata from Saturday 17 to Monday 19 will be present with its stand, along with the stand of Pro Loco Cadimare that will offer fried anchovies and sgabei. Sunday, March 18 it will be possible to participate in “Firma e pesta“, the campaign for the promotion of Pesto Genovese as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

The history of San Giuseppe Fair has its roots in the commercial tradition of the city

Probably the feast of the patron saint in La Spezia was introduced around 1650, when the small shopping center faced a crisis due to the plague, spread throughout Europe (although the city was not affected). Already at the end of the 1300s in Spezia there was a two-day trade fair (most likely dedicated to San Cipriano) mentioned in the Statutes of the City of 1407 confirming the already strong commercial vocation in the small town center since the Middle Ages. In 1650, however, it was asked in Genoa to allow a market to reactivate “the businesses” in town, which Genoa granted, even with a particular reduction in taxes to be paid to the Republic.

The White Night of music and open museums, Saturday 17 March

The white night, this year set for Saturday, March 17, is now a fixture of the Feast of St. Joseph, brings music in the streets of the city and the opening night of museums, where you can admire the permanent collections and participate in cultural events organized for the occasion. The museums will observe the following opening hours, with free admission:
CAMeC: from 18.00 to 24.00
Palazzina delle Arti: from 7.00 to 24.00
Lia Museum and Ethnographic Museum: from 21.00 to 24.00
Villa Marmori, home of the “G. Puccini “della Spezia, will be open to the public on Saturday 17 March to allow the free and free visit of the beautiful Art Nouveau historical.
On our calendar, an overview of the main events for the Fair and the White Night of Saint Joseph 2018.

How to get around during the Fair

I colori della Festa di San giuseppe adornano le strade della città del centro

In the area affected by the Fair it will not be possible to transit and park by car.
A free shuttle will be activated connecting the parking areas of the sports hall and Le Terrazze with Via XX Settembre (in the stretch between Piazza Verdi and the sea), and the parking in Piazza d’Armi with Piazza Cesare Battisti. The service will be active with a frequency of 20 minutes between 9.30 and 20.30, Friday from 8.30, and upgraded or with frequency 10 ‘in the bands 12.30-15.30 and 16.30-19.30.

Teresa Turano


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