One of the hidden gems of Italy, La Spezia comes across as a surprise package to travelers who are looking for something new in their excursions. There are a number of things to do in Le Spezia that can make your itinerary an engaged one. Some of the must see attractions here are: Museo Tecnico Navale, Parco Naturale Regionale Di Porto Venere, Museo Civico Amedeo Lia and Museum of the Seal. Here, you can spend a great time with your friends or family with something for everyone to look forward to. For some leisure time, you can visit the Market square in the old town to buy some local products and stuff. Walk along the Passeggiata Morin, especially in late afternoon and you will understand the essence of the city brimming up. CAMeC Museum is another attraction that will enlighten you with its three large permanent collections of contemporary and modern art, as well as minor collections, and temporary shows and events.
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Museum, Garden, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Exhibition , Specialty Museum
Via Giovanni Amendola, 1, La Spezia SP, Italy
02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Though the institute itself is centuries old (it was started in 1570), it was moved here in 1958. The exhibits here mostly made up of models that trace the history of La Spezia navy. These mostly cover the period from 1860 to the WWII. Also available here are figureheads from ships from fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries. Other memorabilia include maps, medals, flags, and weapons. The halls are divided as follows:
The Hall of Media
The Underwater Weapons Hall
The Weapons Hall
An exhibition of Guglielmo Marconi photographs.
In the garden, you can find a monument of Costanzo Ciano , by the sculptor Francesco Messina.
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Park, Wildlife Park, Hiking Trail, Castle, Family And Kids, Unesco Site
Via Garibaldi, 9, 19025 La Spezia, Italy
08:30 am - 01:30 pm
This beautiful park, famous for it’s coastline and archipelago is a wonder of water, vegetation and wildlife. It’s a popular hiking and trekking destination. It is also a site of historical interest – in one of the caves here, prehistoric remains were found. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s a lovely little town in the park, the Porto Venery, and you can also visit the islands of Palmaria , Tino and Tinetto. Other highlights include:
The Castello Doria (more accessible from Vernazza)
The military fortifications of Battery Fortified Umberto I, Battery Semaphore, Forte Cavour
The Villa Romana at the bottom of the creek Varignano Vecchio
Amadeo Lia was a renowned collector who lived in La Spezia; this museum houses his life’s work. The building it is in used to be a friar’s convent, then a military hospital. Currently, the museum is host to a wide variety of historical objects; these include paintings, jewellery, furniture, and interior decoration such as glassworks. The Renaissance collection is especially spectacular. The rooms within the collection are as follows:
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Tour, Family And Kids, Boating
Via Pietro Paleocapa | Stazione ferroviaria, 19122 La Spezia, Italy
12:01 am - 12:00 am
This is one of the best sailing companies on the Cinque Terre Coast. The agency strikes the deal, and the captain runs the boat. Various half day, day long, and even multiple day trip packages are available. Whether you go as a family or as couple looking for some Cinque Terre romance. The captain, Paul, grew up around here and knows exactly how to best make your trip memorable.
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Leisure, Spa, Family And Kids
Via Fazio 75 , La Spezia , Italy
08:30 am - 08:00 pm
They call themselves a beauty farm, where your relaxation is customised. There is massage in four types – thermal, hot stones, four hands and Pinda Swedana. There is a sauna. Reflexology (foot massages) and facial treatments here are supposed to be awesome. They use a lot gimmickry in all this – at the very least, you should come away with a feeling of having seen something exotic. And of course, they’ll do up your hair and trim down your nails.
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Tourist Center, Square, Street Market, Family And Kids, Street Food, Old Town
Piazza Cavour, 19121 La Spezia, Italy
07:00 am - 12:00 pm
Found in the Piazza Camillo Cavour in the old town, this shaded market serves up some wonderful food. The fishmongers always have a fresh catch, and the farmers always have a fresh crop. Flowers and cheeses and meats here are just as good. The people here, both traders and tourists are very lively. In fact, this is the best place to get to know La Spezia’s spirit. The area itself is pedestrians only, which makes for a very peaceful place.
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Museum, Family And Kids, Exhibition , Specialty Museum
Via del Prione, Palazzina delle Arti 236, La Spezia, La Spezia, Liguria, Italy
10:00 am - 08:00 pm
Sigillography, or the study of seals, is an obscure but fascinating subject – and this museum is the best place to explore it. The neo-Gothic building hosts the most comprehensive collection of this type there ever was, collected from every country and every age imaginable (the exhibitions are thus arranged chronologically and then geographically). It is a result of thirty years of research. The oldest seal in their collection is more than 4000 years old! The collections, whether Egyptian, Roman, Anglo-Saxon or Chinese are unexpectedly beautiful.
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Castle, Palace, Family And Kids, Archaeological Site
Piazza Sordello, 40, 46100 Mantova MN, Italy
09:30 am - 05:00 pm
This medieval castle, originally built just for defence, was adopted by the Gonzaga as their royal residence. It’s dominated by four towers, wide inner courts and gardens, and about 500 rooms. The complex actually consist of various separate buildings, one of which is the Castle. These contain a wide variety of artwork and historical artefacts (some of which are archaeological). Highlights include:
The Renaissance style portico
The frescoes in the room Stanza degli Sposi,
The Hall of Emblems
Hall of Acronyms
The Room of Frieze - gold scrolls and leaves on a blue background.
The Hall of Suns
Apartment of Isabella d'Este – beautiful furniture and paintings
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Food And Drinks, Club, Play, Family And Kids
Via Crispi 168, 19124 La Spezia, Italy
07:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Rock music and beer – this timeless combo makes the club a La Spezia favourite. Tourists especially favour this place. Foosball and pool round up the fun activities. It’s not in the city centre, so it’s a little quieter than other nightlife around here.