Staying in La Spezia is a choice that more and more people traveling in the Ligurian Levant are making with pleasure. The small but lively Ligurian city is located in a truly strategic position for visiting the popular destination of the Cinque Terre, which is not fit to accommodate the large mass of tourists, and the Gulf of Poets, with Portovenere and Lerici, and often find themselves pleasantly surprised by the beauty of a stay in the center of La Spezia.
Quiet, cheerful, full of clubs open on summer evenings, the city hosts festivals and cultural events such as the Jazz Festival, which attracts musicians from all over the world. The city museums are also really interesting, and are a possibility to consider for any days of bad weather, which do not allow you to go to the beach or go trekking in the surroundings. Among all, the Amedeo Lia Art Museum and the Naval Technical Museum are certainly a valid choice.
The city is modern, its history has developed in particular starting from the last twenty years of the nineteenth century when the military Arsenal was built at the behest of Count Camillo Benso di Cavour, who understood the great strategic possibilities of the natural port of the Gulf of Spice. The Art Nouveau and rationalist styles prevail in the buildings of the center, in particular in the large Piazza Verdi, recently restored in a bold reinterpretation of the space between tradition and modernity. But the ancient city center is full of suggestive paths that reveal the oldest origins of the city, such as Via del Prione, the oldest and most characteristic pedestrian street in the city, or the graceful stairways that lead to the highest level of the city, on which also the medieval castle of San Giorgio is located and from which you can admire the view of the whole city.