The heart of the Gulf of Poets, a city in Liberty style with many museums and the military arsenal that has changed its history

We are on the Eastern Riviera, in the heart of the Gulf of Poets. La Spezia is a city with numerous buildings in Liberty style, many museums, churches and public gardens.
If you love shopping take a walk in Via Del Prione, a pedestrianized caruggio about two kilometres long with a lot of shops, and in the parallel Corso Cavour, with some of the most luxurious shops in the city, or in Via Domenico Chiodo, with nineteenth-century porticos, where you will also find shops selling typical products.
Let yourself be surprised by the Morin Promenade, on the waterfront, with palm trees and floral compositions: from here you will have a splendid view of the Gulf of Poets. It runs parallel to Viale Italia and the public gardens; boats set out from here for Porto Venere, Cinque Terre and Lerici.

Places you absolutely must visit are the San Giorgio Castle, the Santa Maria Assunta Church and the Lia Museum, as well as the Naval Museum. You must taste sgabei (fried pasta strips), testaroli (typical pasta), mesciua (cereal and legume soup), and mussels. Among events is the Fiera di San Giuseppe, held every year on 19 March on the day of feast of the patron saint.
Another event is the Festa del Mare, on the first Sunday of August, with the Palio del Golfo and the fireworks display on the sea. The arsenal of the Navy has changed the look and destiny of La Spezia, which also has an important commercial harbour, one of the most important in the Mediterranean Sea.