The city of La Spezia is located on the border with Tuscany and in the center of one of the most beautiful stretches of the Ligurian coast, the Gulf of Poets that captivated artists and poets.
La Spezia is a destination that is rarely thought of as a destination for a visit.
Its proximity to Italian marvels known throughout the world such as Portovenere and the Cinque Terre, makes the city of La Spezia to be less considered and visited.
In this article, we are going to talk about the surroundings of La Spezia and what to do if you are in town.
As always I love food in Italy and I will tell you what are the most popular dishes that you can try if you are in the Area.
If you are ready to discover what to do in La Spezia and what is the best way to discover the marvels around the city, read on.
La Spezia What To Do
The entire historic center of La Spezia develops between two streets, Corso Cavour and Via del Prione. These streets are parallel and one can go one way and the other one can be used to go back.
The Castle of San Giorgio is a great start for your visit to La Spezia, this is now also an interesting Museum and since it is located on a hill the view over the city and the sea is pretty awesome.
The peculiarity of this museum is represented by the fact that it contains testimonies of the prehistoric and protohistoric age.
Il Museo Tecnico Navale is a great way to discover the present and the past of the ships and boats of the area. You will find military boats, the history of transatlantic and a lot of interesting notions about boats.
The city of La Spezia like most of the cities in the region Liguria is facing on the sea and in the background, there are the mountains.
The fish market in La Spezia is another must-do if you are interested in buying awesome fresh fish and great food in general.
It can be found in the city center and the scenario that you will face in this market is typical of the region Liguria.
In the city, it is possible to walk on the staircases that join the lower part of the city on the sea level, to its “hills” going up and down these stairs, it will be possible to discover many liberty style villas and wonderful places.
Piazza Verdi is the main square of the city and you can find numerous restaurants and places to spend the evening with your friends.
Despite being a small city, in the city there are numerous museums to visit and a lot of beautiful views that you can discover just by walking around the city.
Some other monuments and museum worth a visit are:
Via del Prione,
Museo Civico Amedeo Lia,
Il Ponte Tahon di Revel,
Duomo Di La Spezia.
Food In La Spezia
Food in Liguria is amazing, in fact, some of the best fish dishes ever can be found in this region.
For the city of La Spezia, I want to talk about a dish called Mesciüa which is a tasty Ligurian soup that is made by soaking legumes and then boiling them in separate pans until they are tender.
Then the beans are added and served with extra virgin olive oil, pepper and a pinch of salt. Of course, you can find a lot of fish dishes but for this province, I thought that a dish made with beans would make sense.
The Monterosso anchovies, thanks to a particular salinity of the sea in which they are fished, have a delicate but at the same time tasty taste.
If you like that kind of fish you can definitely eat a lot of anchovies and awesome food in this city and it is recommended to try it out.
The chickpea Farinata, also known as the fainà from La Spezia, is a very thin savory cake, prepared with chickpea flour, water, salt, and extra virgin olive oil.
If you want to check out some recipes here is a good link of these plates:
Anciùe àa Spezina,
Bacaà Àa Manéa Spezina,
Pasta Àa Contadina,
Frissèi de Bacaà,
Muscoli cèn àa Spezina.
The city of La Spezia is not considered a lot because people tend to go visit the 5 Terre, Vernazza and all of the famous places we all saw pictures of.
Not a lot of people go see the city center of the town and not a lot of people enjoy its beauty. If you are interested in discovering this city I have listed some of the most important things you can do if you are in town.
The view from the castle and walking around the city is one of the best ways to discover the city. In fact, there are two parallel main roads where you can walk on and slowly start to discover the city.
If you are going to visit the 5 Terre and all of the beautiful places that we all know about you should spend some time also in this city.
It can be visited in a day and you will definitely find something new and great to visit in town not to mention the great seafood and culinary specialties that you will be able to eat.
If you are interested in visiting the city of La Spezia Italy you should go to the tourist office also and read this guide.
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