It is the heart of the Gulf of Poets, lively and crowded, most of all during summer months: the town offers a lot of good opportunities to liven up your holiday and meet new people. The historical centre, the navy yard and the medieval castle stand out as symbols of the rich past of the town; the town was born in pre-historic times, lived through Roman times, the Byzantine period, and saw Charles The Great's domination; also endured the conquest of the Genoese Republic and the arrival of the Napoleonic armies.
The town was a favourite destination of Grand Tours and an important place during the Kingdom of Italy; it was a strategic military port during the two world wars, and it witnessed the most relevant historical changes. It bears the signs of the past centuries in the old pedestrian streets, in the public gardens that Napoleon devised, in the powerful walls of the castle, and in the cannons on the Morin promenade.
It would be a mistake not to taste the town's typical dishes like fritters of ‘baccalà’ (a type of cod), farinata (a kind of savoury dish made with ceekpea flour), and mesciua (a soup made with pulses and grain). On the hills, there are enchanting villages, such as Marinasco with its church, Biassa, famous for a super tasty dish, ‘Panigacci’, Campiglia, at the top of the Portovenere promontory, from which you can enjoy a magical view.
The churches and the Cathedral of La Spezia show different architectonic styles that represent different period of times.The post office building hides a famous mosaic by Prampolini and Fillia. The museums and the town theatre contribute to enrich the place with culture, folklore, art and history.During the summer various events take place, like Palio del Golfo, a rowing race followed by various activities and entertainments, all these highlight the lively nature of this town.Find more on our website, through which you will be able to book activities, find nice restaurants, or arrange to be taken on unusual itineraries by a Travel Angel. Everything in a click!