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Most of the city is recent. The port and naval dockyards are representative of its modern soul. By the shadow of the Poggio still resists the old town, the small maze of alleyways, some good museum to visit, palm trees and flower gardens and some house overlooking the sea.
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The Castle of San Giorgio and the Upper Town
The fortress stands on the Poggio hill, the highest point of the city. You can hike or get one of the two elevators of Via del Prione. From the top of the castle, recently renovated, you’ll have a great view of the Gulf of Poets, the Apuan Alps and the Versilia coast. The fort contains the archaeological treasures of the Museum Ubaldo Formentini, with exhibits ranging from prehistory to the fall of the Roman Empire.
From the Upper Town you can walk down Via del Prione through the narrow alleyways of the old town.
Via del Prione
It’s the largest alley in the city: from Piazza Garibaldi it leads to Piazza Sant'Agostino. In this pedestrian street are the best showcases for shopping - another good address for shopping is Via Cavour - the Civic Theatre, the historic homes of the Marquis Doria and princes Massa and little shops baking every morning La Spezia morning specialties: focaccia, chickpea flour, vegetable pies and sgabei - strips of rised bread, fried and salted - are all to try.
Just like that. If you want to explore the old part of La Spezia, you'll have to be a little 'trained. Behind the Poggio, between the Castle of San Giorgio, Piazza Sant'Agostino and Piazza Beverini, historic staircases are more than twenty. Here highlighted the most beautiful. The Staircase Quintino Sella connects Via del Prione to Via XXVII Marzo. Between Via and Via XX Settembre Torretto show up the steps of the Fillia Staircase. Monumental is the Staircase Spallanzani. The Poggio staircase goes from Piazza Sant'Agostino to t the Upper Town.
Built in the sixties of the nineteenth century, the Military Arsenal has changed the face of La Spezia. If you want to visit it, we recommend starting from his Naval Museum (tel. 784 693 0187), a fine collection of technologies and memories of sailing, from the beginning to the present day. In many rooms you will find everything and more, a collection of nautical knots, ship equipment, assault weapons, medals, uniforms and memorabilia of the early radio experiments made by Guglielmo Marconi.
The visit to the museum allows access to the large establishment of the Military.
The Civic Museum Amedeo Lia, Museo del Sigillo and Ethnographic Museum John Podenzan
The first two are at number 234 of Via del Prione, in the Little Palace of Arts. In the rooms of the first are a thousand works of ancient, medieval and modern art, including paintings, miniatures, sculptures in bronze, copper, ivory and wood . The remarkable collection of "primitive". Among the masterpieces of the sixteenth century, the Birth and Death of Adonis, by Sebastiano del Piombo, and the Lamentation over the Body of Christ by Tintoretto.
The Museum of the Seal (tel. 778 544 0187) brings together more than one thousand five hundred copies of the original seals of all ages and backgrounds, from the fourth millennium BC to the twentieth century. Among the boast of the museum, the original in the jade, belonged to the Countess of Bismarck.
Last but not least, the Giovanni Podenzana Ethnographic Museum (tel. 0187 258 570), always in Via del Prione, at number 156, in the former chapel of San Bernardino: the museum tells customs, cults and superstitions Ligurian through everyday objects and rare and precious artifacts.
National Transport Museum
The steam trains of the last century. Diesel locomotives and electric ones of today. The collection of trolley buses, the first nucleus of the museum, and the bus station.
The National Transport Museum (tel. 718 912 0187) is in Via Fossitermi, in the buildings of the former Team Rising, a short walk from the train station.
CAMeC - Center for Modern and Contemporary Art
A short distance from the historic center, in Piazza Cesare Battisti, here is the CAMeC (tel. 734 593 0187), the focal point of the city for modern and contemporary art. Three collections: the Collection Cozzani, over a thousand works including drawings, paintings and sculptures of the twentieth century; the Bartolini collection, entirely dedicated to the last century; Collecting the award of the Gulf, with the eponymous national award winning works of painting. Besides the three permanent collections, the museum offers many exhibitions.
Steps from the historic town is the promenade of the city. Head to the lighthouse or beyond, to the east, overcome the mobile bridge Revel, until Porto Mirabello, the La Spezia new marina with yachts and pleasure boats moored waiting to take off.
In the very last western tip of the Gulf you can see the pastel colors tower-houses of the seaside village of Portovenere. To get there from the city, follow the road that goes through the villages of Fezzano and Grazie - if you are looking for a beautiful beach, choose the crescent of white sand just outside Cadimare.
Dominating the village of Portovenere, the massive bulk of the Castello Doria. Hunched forward into the sea, facing the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto, is the church of San Pietro. From its terrace, the sunset is irresistible.
Farther west, the municipality of La Spezia ends in this small village, just a few minutes away from the Cinque Terre. Campiglia Tramonti is perched on the crest of a hill: the view, outstretched towards the Apuan Alps, is worth the trip alone. The village is famous for its wine Sciachetrà, made with grapes from the terraces springing up around the village.
In the oldest part of the village there are still houses once used by families to escape the pirates. Just outside, the remains of an ancient windmill. The most beautiful sea? The one that bathes the town of Case Persico and Navone, reachable only on foot or by boat, from the Portovenere pier.