It is difficult to describe the photogenic perfection of La Spezia’s rugged rocks and tumbling terraced houses. As a diligent and delightful fishing village, this Italian wonder is the epitome of quintessential quaintness. Traditional trattorias exude the enticing aromas of fried garlic while vibrant locals go about their daily business of hauling fish from their ramshackle boats; La Spezia is an illuminated and intriguing village that bristles with rich tradition. Museums and monuments testify to a rich cultural legacy that can be discovered with intriguing exhibitions.
La Spezia is best viewed from an ocean vantage point to ensure you venture down to the bustling Harbour to observe the fabulous façade of this venerated village. Bulbous, tree blanketed hillsides crumple in the middle, relenting to the weight of kaleidoscopically coloured houses as slender as fish bones.
One of the village’s historical icons is the Castello di San Giorgio, a stolid structure of fortification that acts as a rich reminder of la Spezia’s colourful history. Inside, an excellent collection of archaeological artefacts speaks eloquently of the village’s ancient origin.
La Spezia’s excellent maritime museum pays homage to an industrial heritage propelled by the surrounding sea. The Museo Tecnico Navale presents model ships and the sacred statuettes that graced the helm of sea-fearing ships.
Venture down to the ocean flanked harbour in order to enjoy a true taste of Italian hospitality; La Cambusa is an atmospheric and authentic trattoria and wine bar that serves freshly caught bounty from the proximate ocean. Sample sumptuous platters of rich salami and creamy cheeses before savouring a salty fish stew.(Viale San Bartolomeo 471, La Spezia, Italien)