This town is more of a “working man’s town” that its neighbors St. Tropez and Monte Carlo. While you will see a few yachts, the many boats docked here are primarily commercial boats. This port is also home to Italy’s largest naval base. Known as the “Gulf of Poets,” this harbor boasts lovely palm trees, a large walking promenade, grassy areas, and buildings with featuring beautiful architecture. Florence and Pisa are nearby and it’s easy to get to Cinque Terre from La Spezia. It’s often less crowded than some of the other ports because not as many cruise ships stop here. This city is often more affordable that some of the neighboring resort areas. It has a pretty mild climate.
La Spezia had many masters – Genoa being first, followed by Napoleon during his short-lived Republic of Genoa. Then, it became the provincial capital of Sardinia and because of the construction of a large military arsenal in the middle of the nineteenth century, it finally became of one Italy’s top commercial ports. In World War II, Germany used this as a base for its military operations in the Mediterranean. Today, the local economy is based on the maritime industry which includes commercial fishing with tourism playing an increasingly larger role.
The train station is about a 10-minute drive from the harbor and you can take trains to Cinque Terre and all other points in Italy and beyond. Look for the tourist information office just across the esplanade at the harbor and there is also a tourist information kiosk is located just outside the train station.
At the harbor you will find boat companies and charter companies that will charter boats for a group and individual boats that will take you to nearby Portovenere and the villages of Cinque Terre. Please note that the running of these boats is dependent on the weather and have alternate plans if the weather does not cooperate. La Spezia has one of the largest naval museums in the world.
The local currency is the Euro.
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