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Dazed by the heat? What to do in La Spezia on hot days

Dazed by the heat?
Five ideas on what to do in La Spezia on hot days, to resist heat between sea and mountains

Summer is finally here. If we were complaining about rain and cold last week, now it’s starting to get really hot.
Luckily La Spezia’s area, and its immediate surroundings, offer some possibilities to escape the heat. Below, we list the top five places to do so.

1 – On the rocks at the Carlo Alberto (or Cala ALberto), Palmaria Island

St. Peter’s church in Portovenere before your eyes, the sea at a few steps and the mild wind (unless it is not just a day of darn).
For those who want the sun, even on hot days, the very end of Palmaria island in front of Portovenere is the ideal spot.
The shadow is short, but the constant wind makes the temperature bearable. The sunshade is recommended, but some skill is needed to secure it with stones, as there is not much sand there.
A unique location for lovers of rocky coastline.

Portovenere view from the promontory of the Island Palmaria over Carlo Alberto. photo Tiziano Canese
Portovenere view from the promontory of the Island Palmaria over Carlo Alberto. photo Tiziano Canese
How to get Carlo Alberto (or Cala Alberto) From the sea promenade of La Spezia , in the boat with the company Navigazione Golfo dei Poeti.
Check here timetables and fares . Return full ticket: 8 EUR
From Portovenere , the boatmen offer a service that serves the island. The cost of the return ticket to the island is 4.50 EUR.
Once on the island, just follow the short trail to the right.

2 – La pineta at Pozzale, Palmaria Island

Shadow and sea nearby, we are on the side of the Palmaria facing the Tino island. After crossing the Air Force camp, a small pine forest provides a bit of shade for the hottest hours to swimmers.

 Pozzale, Palmaria Island
Pozzale, Palmaria Island

The scenario is unique, the water is crystal clear.

How to get to Pozzale
From the promenade of La Spezia, in the boat with the company Navigazione Golfo dei Poeti.
Timetable and rates

3 – Campocecina, Alpi Apuane

We leave La Spezia area and climb up until Campocecina , to be amazed by the view: on one side the dazzling white of the marble quarries, across the hills of La Spezia Gulf.
To reach the refuge and then the wonderful plain – where you can stretch out in peace – you will have to take a short walk (no more than 20 minutes) doable by everyone.
On the plain, we are more than 1300 meters high and the heat is not as tough.

The view of the Gulf of La Spezia from Campocecina. photo Cane Artù
The view of the Gulf of La Spezia from Campocecina. photo Cane Artù

A recommended place to those who want to escape from the bustle of the beaches in warmer days.

How to get to Campocecina
By car, you can reach Campocecina going up from Fosdinovo following the Strada Statale 446 dir. (towards Carrara ) turn left at the third crossroads (there are signs to Campocecina) or Castelnuovo, in this case you have to reach the village of Vallecchia for the town Giorgione up to tie the Strada Statale 446dir. Turn right and continue until the second junction and then left towards Campocecina.

4 – The Levanto-Framura cycle path, on the Riviera

If the sun beats down, it may be a good idea to try a bit ‘of underground fresh. How? For example along the bike path that goes from Levanto to Framura .
Opened along the route of the old railway, this pedestrian and cycle path is a real treat for those looking for a bit of relief.
The many galleries that separate Levanto from Bonassola and the latter from Framura are a blessing when the sun gets too warm.

The cycle track tunnel between Levanto and Framura. photo Barbara Datteri
The cycle track tunnel between Levanto and Framura. photo Barbara Datteri

Sometimes, especially in the vicinity of Levanto and Bonassola, little pathways lead down to the sea, offering the possibility of a swim.

5 – The gyms and parks around (in times past)
We wanted to do a little advertising to this little gem that was the Gym in the wood , on Mount Parodi, just minutes from downtown.

rtunately, however, the last time we went there it was in a state of almost complete abandonment, with exercisers neglected and grown vegetation all over the place.
A pity, because with this heat it would be very convenient.

The cover photo is of Amina Canese
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