La Spezia, Italy

La Spezia is a city in the Liguria region of northern Italy, at the head of La Spezia Gulf, and capital city of the province of La Spezia. It's a beautiful city where the colours of the sea blend with the nearby mountains.

The streets are full of bergamotto trees, and the colourful and sunny seafront Passeggiata Morin (Morin walk) is faced by the historical gardens. The gardens offer a unique combination of colours. There are numerous varieties of plants ranging from the cedar to the magnolia and other types of characteristic palms, alternated by a large blossoming of roses among wild agaves.

Things to See & Do

* Castle of San Giorgio
* "Ubaldo Formentini" - Civic Museum in the Castle of San Giorgio
* Abbey church of Santa Maria Assunta
* Historical Gardens

General information

Cruise Season - Feb to Dec
Currency - Euro (€)
Language - Italian
Land Area - 51 km²
Population - 95,000
Electricity - 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code - +39

Port Location - The port is adjacent to the Morin Walk; the popular seafront area of La Spezia.

Travel Links - La Spezia is a point of departure for the Cinque Terre, either by train or boat. The boat also leads you to Lerici and Portovenere before turning into the open sea towards the Cinque Terre.

Both Lerici and Portovenere can be accessed by public transport (15 km) from the central station of La Spezia.