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GL- La Spezia Soil of sea

La Spezia, Italy

GL- La Spezia Soil of sea

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Grasp the significance of La Spezia’s long maritime history at a naval museum and then mingle with the locals while meandering through a bustling marketplace.


After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive in the heart of La Spezia, a town with a natural deep harbor that has always revolved around the sea. It has been a naval headquarters since the mid 19th century, when the military fleet was transferred here.


While browsing the Technical Naval Museum, you will discover details of La Spezia’s rich maritime history. Many of the exhibits feature artifacts from before the unification of Italy, including beautifully restored wooden figureheads. Another room presents the evolution of boats and navigation since ancient times.


La Spezia was heavily bombed during World War II, and the museum pays special attention to wartime uniforms, torpedoes and submarines. There is also radio communications equipment that famed inventor and electrical engineer Guglielmo Marconi used.


Continuing on, you will walk to Piazza Cavour, which the locals call Market Square, as it is a shopping hub. Meandering through the stalls, you will find baked goods, fresh seafood and all sorts of organic produce grown nearby. You will have the opportunity to sample a chickpea pancake and glass of Ligurian wine.


You will also see the Saint Mary Assumption Church, which holds a revered crucifix from the 14th century. Saint Joseph has been the patron saint of La Spezia since the 1600s.

Need to Know:

Note: This tour includes approximately 3 ½ hours of walking/standing; there will be some inclines and cobblestone surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability as there is 30 steps to negotiate at the Naval museum. Conservatively dressing is required to enter the church also Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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Excursion Type:

Scenic & City Tours
Historical Landmarks
Local Food-Wine Tasting

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Tours with this activity level involve physical exertion for extended periods of time; can involve uneven or steep terrain or swimming in a light current. Recommended only for physically fit and adventurous travelers.
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