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La Spezia, Italy

La Spezia is a town in Liguria in the northwestern region of Italy.

La Spezia is one of the four provinces of Liguria and has a population of about 91,391 inhabitants. La Spezia's inhabitants are called Spezzini. The area of this Ligurian town is of 51.4 square kilometers.

In terms of population, La Spezia is the second city in the Liguria region, just after Genoa. Located roughly midway between Genoa and Pisa, on the Ligurian Sea, it is one of the main Italian military and commercial harbors and a major Italian Navy base. A significant railway junction, it is notable for its museums, for the Palio del Golfo rowing race, and for railway and boat links with the Cinque Terre.

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La Spezia, Italy

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La Spezia is a town in Liguria in the northwestern region of Italy.

La Spezia is one of the four provinces of Liguria and has a population of about 91,391 inhabitants. La Spezia's inhabitants are called Spezzini. The area of this Ligurian town is of 51.4 square kilometers.

In terms of population, La Spezia is the second city in the Liguria region, just after Genoa. Located roughly midway between Genoa and Pisa, on the Ligurian Sea, it is one of the main Italian military and commercial harbors and a major Italian Navy base. A significant railway junction, it is notable for its museums, for the Palio del Golfo rowing race, and for railway and boat links with the Cinque Terre.

It's a beautiful city with a beautiful sea that blends with the nearby mountains. Good overlap of the sky, earth, and water. The streets are full of bergamot trees, and next to the beach there are really beautiful gardens with weird plants, absolutely well maintained.

Climate

La Spezia has a borderline humid subtropical (Cfa) and Mediterranean climate (Csa) since only one month receives less than 40 millimeters (1.6 in). The city enjoys hot summers, chilly damp winters and very changeable and rainy autumns and springs. The average temperatures of the coldest month (January) are 4 °C (39 °F) minimum and 11 °C (52 °F) maximum. In the hottest month (July) they are 20 °C (68 °F) minimum and 29 °C (84 °F) maximum. Average annual precipitation is 1,314 millimeters (51.7 in), more than twice that in London. Snow is extremely uncommon. Heavy snowfalls are exceptional events: only in 1985 was a snowfall of more than 50 centimeters (20 in) recorded. Another big snowfall occurred during the night of 18 December 2009, with approximately 25 centimeters (9.8 in) of snow and temperatures as low as −7.4 °C (18.7 °F) in the following nights.

In winter nights, if the sky is clear, temperatures may fall below zero, usually reaching about −2 to −4 °C (28 to 25 °F). Conversely, in summer, especially during sunny days, the temperature can easily exceed 30 °C (86 °F), and sometimes it reaches 35 °C (95 °F). Furthermore, the sensation of heat in summer is increased by high humidity.

Because of its topography, the city is not exposed to winds from the north, which lap western Liguria, but to those from the southeast. These may bring heavy rain and they can reach 80 kilometers per hour (50 mph), in rare cases causing the blocking of the port. The only northern wind reaching the city is the north-eastern Grecale, common during incursions of Arctic air, when the cold air flowing over the warmer Tyrrhenian sea triggers the formation of low pressures, draining the colder and heavier air trapped in the Po Valley, behind the Apennine Mountains.


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La Spezia, Italy: Port Information


Cruise liners dock at the new Molo Garibaldi, which can accommodate two large vessels at a time.
Everything is within walking distance – it will take you about 15 minutes to reach the city center.
A train station is about 2.5 miles away – it's better to take a taxi to get there.

Get around La Spezia, Italy


You can explore the city and its surroundings by sea, on a bus, on the Cinque Terre Express, on a taxi or a rental car.
Besides, you can explore the city itself on foot or rent a bicycle. 
 

What to see in La Spezia, Italy


Churches

  • Nostra Signora della Salute (Madonna della Scorza). Consecrated in 1900.
  • Cattedrale di Cristo Re. Consecrated in 1975.
  • Chiesa del Sacro Cuore (Church of the Sacred Heart).

Museums

  • Centre of Modern and Contemporary Art (CAMeC).

Military architecture

  • Castello di San Giorgio. The castle is the oldest military building in the city, whose first phase of construction is prior to the thirteenth century. The structure preserved and visible today is the work of the Genoese who also built several other fortifications in the Gulf to defend against Muslim raids. The development of the city 's entire area of the Gulf of La Spezia is therefore always been related to the military function of the area.

What to do in La Spezia, Italy


  • Admire fantastic views of the harbor while walking along the waterfront.
  • Visit museums, churches, parks
  • Explore Castello di San Giorgio
  • Take a tour of  Cinque Terre
  • Enjoy local cuisine
  • Take a boat tour
  • Visit charming surrounding villages

What to eat and drink in La Spezia, Italy


Eat

Focaccia, pesto, the chickpea flour, pumpkin flowers stuffed and vegetable pies are typical recipes of Ligurian cuisine are also widely covered in La Spezia.

In addition, although originating in Lunigiana, famous in this area of Liguria are the sgabei and testaroli. But it is analyzing the real La Spezia gastronomic tradition that you discover the Extra Virgin Olive Oil and black pepper to be the basis of some more recipes; among them, well-known is a soup of legumes and cereals called mescciüa.

Drink

  • Skaletta Rock Club, Via Crispi, 168, ☎ +39 0187 500125. A fine Road House bar with beer, rock, pool and mini-foot tables. It's a little bit outside of the center of town, but worth the trip. Could it be one of the greatest bars in the world?
  • Shake Club, Via Valdilocchi, 9. A fine Road House bar with beer, rock.
  • Loggia dei Banchi, Via Mazzolani, 32, ☎ +39 3803908465. Nice place to start the weekend evening.

Shopping in La Spezia, Italy


  • Via del Prione - pedestrian street with many lovely shops
  • Le Terrazze shopping center
  • Basco shopping center
As well as many other shopping malls, boutiques, souvenir shops, markets, where you can buy olive oil, pottery and ceramics, clothes, accessories, souvenirs, etc.

Safety in La Spezia, Italy


Liguria is a safe region. Watch out for pickpockets. Use your common sense like in any other city.

Language spoken in La Spezia, Italy


Italian is the official language. English is widely understood in tourist places. 

LOCAL TIME

12:25 am
August 22, 2019
Europe/Rome

CURRENT WEATHER

23.93 °C / 75.074 °F
broken clouds
Thu

27.11 °C/81 °F
light rain
Fri

26.95 °C/81 °F
light rain
Sat

26.07 °C/79 °F
sky is clear
Sun

25.97 °C/79 °F
sky is clear

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