Before reading this article, We have to unmask an unfair legend about La Spezia.
Local people think that La Spezia is a city without art - WRONG! Between the end of the ‘800 and the first ‘900 La Spezia has been theatre of an exponential cultural growth, in particular in this architectural setting. The biggest source of inspiration was the artistic tendency diffused in England during the industrial revolution: the liberty art. The liberty buildings in La Spezia are so many that who was born and grow up in the city doesn’t pay attention on it anymore. However many of these are important. For example, walking into the public gardens it is impossible not to notice the music stand, the “Manifesto del Liberty Spezzino” (by V. Scandellari); the box and his windows in style were a pre-domination of the most important themes of Liberty. During the summer in this place you can assist to concerts of local and no-local bands.
After shopping in the streets of the city centre why not to stop to watch the spectacular Palazzo Maggiani, partly rebuilt after a big fire happened in 1996, it is the most famous liberty building in La Spezia, with his little angel that is impossible not to look at. But it is recommended to bound only at the facade, it is anyway a inhabited building, and it is recommended the vision of the police headquarter, at least from the inside.
Continuing this travel next to the most beautiful example of liberty in La Spezia, we can mention the wonderful Palace Bianchi-Cavallo in via Fiume. That’s not only a model of this architectural style, but it host in his atrium the “Mercurio” statue, his facade however is decorated in a rich way with floral motives and female figures.
If you want to get into this kind of art, the perfect place for you is the “quartiere Umbertino” and in particular Piazza Brin, a place that has always been the idiom of the less wealthy classes and that during the years it was unfairly denigrated.
In this trapezoid square, wherever you look, you can see beautiful places.
La Spezia is not only a city with a seaside landscape but also it can offer beautiful areas in the historical center.
Who better than a “Cicerone” can help you to enjoy every single corner of this city?