Eat Local Magra Valley & Lunigiana

Panigacci and Testaroli: meanings and differences

Many food specialties in La Spezia area come from the inland. Two of them are Panigacci and Testaroli, with similar dough and slight differences in preparation and traditions. “But what is the difference between panigacci and testaroli?” You ight wonder while you stay and try food between Deiva Marina and Lunigiana. It’s not easy  to give a definite and convincing answer and you might hear different and conflicting explanations. The truth is that panigacci and testaroli are two typical dishes of the poor cuisine of Lunigiana that arise from a…

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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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La Spezia La Spezia local insider

La Spezia looks far away: I.R.A.S. Astronomy for experts and beginners

The fantastic landscapes that our province has to offer are not the only object of observation from the heights of the Gulf: from strategic location, there are those who roll their eyes and look farther, sometimes light years away, and dit through the telescope: it is the IRAS (La Spezia Astronomical Research Institute), non-profit astronomical association, founded in 1991, member of ‘Italian Amateur Astronomers Union (IAU) and the Italian Astronomical Society (SAIt.), conductsing research, observation, astronomical photography, digital astronomy, organizes and participates in conferences of national importance. We learn to…

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La Spezia La Spezia local insider

Snow in La Spezia: tanks as snowmobiles

Four years since the last snowflake fell on the Gulf, we review the images of some historic snowfalls on the province of La Spezia. February 23rd 2013: is the last day in La Spezia and surroundings on which it snowed also on the lowlands. The recurrence, three years later, is a good opportunity to browse some pictures of the last significant snowfall in the province (ie those where the snow has been placed on the ground for more than a few hours). Snowfalls on 22nd, 23rd e 24th February 2013…

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Sightseeing

I 12 panorami imperdibili della provincia spezzina

Dai borghi al mare, dalla Val di Magra a oltre le Cinque Terre: un viaggio attraverso la provincia in 12 diapositive d’eccezione.   Da levante a ponente, dal confine con la Toscana fino a oltre le Cinque Terre: la provincia spezzina è una terra da cartolina. È possibile visitarla anche andando a cercare i suoi tanti punti panoramici, per chiuderla in una serie di scatti di infinita bellezza. Se ne otterrà un itinerario di stupore, fatto di vedute di mare, ma non solo. Di seguito quello che costruiremmo noi, partendo…

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La Spezia La Spezia local insider Tips

Not to miss in La Spezia: 12 panoramic view points

From the hidden villages to the sea, from the Val di Magra to over the Cinque Terre: a journey through the province in 12 exceptional slides. From east to west, from the border with Tuscany to the Cinque Terre and Beyond: the area of La Spezia is a postcard land. You can also visit it searching for its many sights , to close it in a series of infinite beauty shots. You will get a surprise route, made of sea views, and not just that. Below the one we would…

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Cinque Terre Highlights La Spezia Tips

Natural Parks in the Cinque Terre and La Spezia area

Not only the Cinque Terre and its marine reserve, but a lot of green space and many opportunities to experience nature: are the regional and national nature parks included in the territory of La Spezia, often all to be discovered for those who live here. The territory of La Spezia includes one national park , two regional parks , four RN2000 protected areas. Overall, about 20,000 hectares of territory where you can find a varied natural landscape biodiversity. But what are these territories, and how can we enjoy them at…

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Cinque Terre

Explora5Terre: live Cinque Terre like a local

{:en} You are a tourist or a resident and want to spend a day in the Cinque Terre, but away from the hustle and bustle? Now you can do it thanks to Explora5Terre, the new tourist service with small comfortable buses that depart from the center of La Spezia. Explora5Terre takes you to know corners of the territory outside the conventional circuits because it is more difficult to reach and for this it most charming and real. Explora 5Terre gives you the ability to access the hillside trails with breathtaking…

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Sightseeing

Le Rosse, sulla spiaggetta di Albana i caraibi spezzini

Difficili da raggiungere a piedi (e a nuoto), popolarissime tra chi ha la barca: le Rosse incantano bagnanti e naviganti. Se si guarda la costa spezzina dalla terrazza panoramica di San Pietro a Porto Venere o durante una gita in barca verso le Cinque Terre, Le Rosse di Albana – con il loro caratteristico colore – non possono che rubare l’attenzione. Difficili da raggiungere a piedi e vero e proprio tesoro per chi possiede la barca, Le Rosse sono considerate da molti – grazie alla limpidezza delle loro acque e…

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Cinque Terre Gulf of Poets La Spezia local insider Tips

Le Rosse, the Caribbean beach of La Spezia

Difficult to walk (and swim), very popular among those who have a boat: the “Rosse” enchant swimmers and boaters. If you look at La Spezia’s coastline from the panoramic terrace of San Pietro in or during a boat trip to the Cinque Terre , the “Rosse” – the Red Rocks – of Albana, feturing a reddish color – will definitely catch your attention. Hard to reach on foot and a real treasure for boat owners, Le Rosse are considered by many – thanks to their crystal waters and the unique…

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