Piazza Saint Bon

La Spezia sightseeing


Cruise ships regularly visit La Spezia, the second largest city in Liguria. 2019 attempts were planned for 175. The passengers of the ships first perceive La Spezia as a medium-sized city surrounded by a range of hills to the north and west. In the south the Ligurian Sea forms the natural border and in the southeast the region connects to Tuscany.

La Spezia - cruise destination and gateway to the Cinque Terre

Across from La Spezia's small cruise terminal, there is an extensive park area bordered by representative residential and commercial buildings. Our first impression after leaving the ship: The destination La Spezia is a well-kept and respectable daily destination.

La Spezias cruise terminal


La Spezias cruise terminal


La Spezia - representative buildings in Via Vittorio Veneto


La Spezia - representative buildings in Via Vittorio Veneto 


La Spezia - excursion destinations

The cruise companies offer passengers excursions to the two Tuscan cultural heavyweights Pisa (80 kilometers away) and Florence (more than 160 kilometers away). And of course, guided tours are offered to the nearby Cinque Terre. - This area is an Italian National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in one. From our point of view, the five villages are among the indispensable destinations in the area. Pisa or Florence are more suitable for visits when the cruise ships Livorno start up.

Cinque Terre - Portovenere

Cinque Terre - Portovenere


Excursions to the Cinque Terre can be realized easily and on your own. Under Cinque Terre in one day we give tips on how to get to know this incomparable cultural landscape.

La Spezia - Cinque Terre ferry terminalLa Spezia - Cinque Terre ferry terminal


The Cinque Terre can be easily reached by excursion boats and public buses (in the direction of Portovenere).

Selected sights in La Spezia

If the cruise ship is in La Spezia by evening, there is enough time to get to know La Spezia better in addition to the Cinque Terre. True, the city is not as rich in attractions as Genoa or the port city in the province of Friuli-Venezia Giulia Triest but there is still enough to discover in La Spezia. We recommend the following buildings, monuments, squares and streets.

Passeggiata Constantino Morin

The Passeggiata Constantino Morin is a well-kept promenade. It leads from the cruise terminal along the waterline into town. The boat stop of the Consorzio Marittimo Turistico Cinque Terre is on the promenade. From there, excursion boats run at regular intervals to the villages of the Cinque Terre. A visual and architectural highlight is the Ponte Thaon di Revel pedestrian bridge, which opened in 2013. It connects the promenade with the marina.

La Spezia - Giardini Pubblici Viale Italia

La Spezia - Giardini Pubblici Viale Italia


Via Domenico Chiodo

Via Domenico Chiodo has always been La Spezia's “parlor”. A number of representative buildings, including the imposing post office or the Palace of the Admiralty, define the street scene. Many of the buildings have arcades.

La Spezia - Via Domenico Chiodo


La Spezia - Via Domenico Chiodo


La Spezia - arcades on Via Domenico Chiodo


La Spezia - arcades on Via Domenico Chiodo 


Piazza Domenico Chiodo

The Piazza Domenico Chiodo connects to Via Domenico Chiodo. In the piazza there is an imposing monument to the naval officer Chiodo. Between 1862 and 1869 he planned and directed the expansion of the La Spezia naval base. He also planned the Taranto naval base and the modernization of the Venice arsenal.

La Spezia - View of the Arsenale and the Domenico Chiodo Monument

La Spezia - View of the Arsenale and the Domenico Chiodo Monument


Piazza Ramiro Ginocchio and two museums

A children's carousel adorns the central piazza. There are two museums in the immediate vicinity: the Museo del Sigillo and the Mueso Civico Amedeo Lia.

La Spezia - Piazza Ramiro GinocchioLa Spezia - Piazza Ramiro Ginocchio


The former, small museum shows a unique collection of seals in three rooms. The Museo Civico Amedeo Lia is a former monastery with a rich art collection. The exhibits include paintings by Titian, Tintoretto, Canaletto, and other masters. Bronze sculptures and illuminated miniatures are also on display. The collection comes from a private initiative. The handover to the city was linked to the condition that a suitable, permanent exhibition space was created within 12 months. The city administration gladly complied with the request.

La Spezia - Museo Civico Amedeo Lia

La Spezia - Museo Civico Amedeo Lia


Locations:
Museum of the Sigillo: Via del Prione 236
Museo Civico Amedeo Lia: Via del Prione 243

Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi

Two sails billowing in the wind over a fountain symbolize La Spezia's seafaring tradition.

La Spezia - fountain in the Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi


La Spezia - fountain in the Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi


La Spezia - fountain in the Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi


La Spezia - fountain in the Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi 


Monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi

No self-contained Italian city can do without a statue of the Italian freedom hero Giuseppe Garibaldi. La Spezia's Garibaldi Monument, it shows the hero on horseback, is in one of the public gardens in front of the waterline of the sports boat port of Porto Mirabello.

La Spezia - Monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi

La Spezia - Monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi


Cathedral Cristo Re

The Cristo Re Cathedral is the episcopal church of the diocese of La Spezia-Sarzana-Brugnato. At the same time, it is the city's central church. The modern, circular new building was consecrated in 1975 after a long planning and construction period. The cathedral is within sight of the cruise terminal.

Cathedral Cristo Re


Cathedral Cristo Re


Cathedral Cristo Re


Cathedral Cristo Re 


San Giorgio Castle

The Castello San Giorgio, laid out by the Genoese Maritime Republic, rises above the old town. The citadel is currently the location of an archaeological museum. The fund includes artifacts from prehistory to the Middle Ages. From the height, visitors can enjoy views of the surrounding residential areas and the harbor.

La Spezia - San Giorgio Castle
La Spezia - San Giorgio Castle
La Spezia - San Giorgio Castle
La Spezia - view from Castello San Giorgio

Visitors can reach the building from Via del Prione initially via wide stairs and then via a 40-meter-long, public inclined elevator. Its valley station is in Via XX Settembre.

La Spezia - stairs leading to Castello San Giorgio


La Spezia - stairs leading to Castello San Giorgio


La Spezia - elevator going to Castello San Giorgio


La Spezia - elevator going to Castello San Giorgio 


Update February 2021

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