Visit of the Technical Naval Museum in La Spezia
Many visitors in La Spezia wish to see the Naval Base and arsenal of the city, but the Technical and Naval Museum of La Spezia next to it is definitely worth a visit.La Spezia naval base is since 1870 one of the main Navy ports in Italy, but visiting it is not possible for security reasons. Yet, those who are interested in the navy and telecommunication history can definitely enjoy a visit to the Technical Naval Museum in La Spezia, right next to the base. Specially kids will love the battleships models, like the one of the Amerigo Vespucci, the “most beautiful ship in the world“. The museum mainly displays weapons and battleships models, together with naval equipment prototypes. It is therefore very different from the Venice Naval Museum, more focused on the seamanship history as a whole.
The base and the museum are strongly connected with Italian Navy Special Forces, the Incursori.They made the history of navy operational raids especially in WWI, and today also on the mountains of Afghanistan, equipped with special over- and underwater vehicles for silent insertions. In the Museum, it is possible to see Raffaele Paolucci and Raffaele Rossetti’s manned torpedo (usually referred to as “Mignatta” or “leech”), with which they sank the Slovene battleship Jugoslavija in Pula’s port, with no underwater breathing gears, with their heads above water.
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