Cruising to La Spezia, Italy


La Spezia tourist information.

La Spezia, ItalyLa Spezia is the port where you make excursions to places like Florence, Pisa, Lucca or Cinque Terre. After Livorno it’s an important gateway to Tuscany. La Spezia has a large and busy natural harbor. In the past cruise ships used to anchor in bay, but recently cruise ships dock at the new Molo Garibaldi. From there you can easily discover the city center on foot or go to the train station.

The seafront is wide and provides lots of opportunities for gawping at boats of all sizes. A strip of park runs along the esplanade, making it a pleasant place for a stroll or a sit-down. There are also luxuriant parks, owing their existence to the turn-of-the-century lavishness that is also commemorated in the town’s architecture and public buildings. Via del Prione is one of La Spezia’s busiest streets, a largely-pedestrianised thoroughfare lined with shops, where the young bucks promenade on a Saturday afternoon.

The classic Cinque Terre activity – and the reason so many visitors come here, even out of season – is the walk along the coast path that connects the five villages. The Cinque Terre is a string of centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. In each of the 5 towns, colorful houses and ancient vineyards cling to steep terraces, fishing boats bob in harbors and trattorias turn out seafood specialties along with the Liguria region’s famous sauce, pesto.