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Each of "the five lands" in the Cinque Terre boasts a unique dialect and distinct heritage. Located in a remote region on the Italian Riviera, La Spezia and the other towns are perched high atop jagged cliffs. Tourists frequent the area for fantastic swimming, hiking and relaxing.
La Spezia Weather: July and August are the hottest months with daily averages of 27 C. With daily averages of 9 C, December and January are the coolest months.
Regional Cuisine of La Spezia: Porcini mushrooms, anchovies, pine nuts, olives, veal, olive oil.
Regional Wine of La Spezia: Cinque Terre DOC, Cinque Terre Sciacchetrà DOC, Bisson Marea Cinque Terre, Walter de Batte Riomaggiore Cinque Terre.
Things to do in La Spezia: Via dell’Amore, Chiese di San Lorenzo, Chiesa di San Francesco, Torre Aurora, Borgo Antico, Monumento a San Francesco d’Assisi, Scalinata Lardarina, Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre.
Where is La Spezia? The towns of the Cinque Terre are found in the Liguria region of Italy, on the Italian Riviera. La Spezia is located on the Ligurian Sea in the northwest region of the country.
Beaches, sun, fantastic wine, world-renowned hiking and spectacular scenery shape the Cinque Terre region of Italy.
My time spent in "the five lands" was both active and relaxing. Some days, I would venture out to the lovely nature trail and hike through one or two villages to the south to explore the quaint neighboring communities. Other days I would spend on the pebble beaches soaking up the invigorating heat of the Mediterranean sun.
There was a time during my trip I was feeling especially energized and hiked the trail from Riomaggiore through the towns of Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare. In Monterosso, I had a fresh seafood dinner with a glass of local red wine before I caught the last ferry back to Riomaggiore.
Yes! The medieval fishing village of Porto Venere is a lovely seaside village south of Cinque Terre accessible by ferry.
Once in Porto Venere, visit ancient Doria Castle, which was built in the 12th century. It is a fine example of Genoan architecture. The Church of San Pietro, constructed in the 13th century, is a fascinating study of the Genovese-Gothic construction of that age. Take a few minutes to admire the view from the terrace overlooking the Cinque Terre region and the Gulf of La Spezia. La Grotta di Byron, named after Lord Byron, is a pretty area on the Bay of Poets.
Take some time to wander the narrow, winding streets in the center of town and browse the local boutiques. Enjoy a cappuccino and pastry in one of the cafes and watch the locals and tourists make their way through town.
Fun Fact: On the trail known as "Lovers’ Path," there is a statue of a couple surrounded by thousands of padlocks. Couples attach locks around the statue and throw the keys into the sea, promising eternal love to each other.
Local Dish: Ravioli alla genovese is stuffed with eggs, veal, chard, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and nutmeg. Delicious!
Local Day Trip: Visit the town of La Spezia. Located between the sea and mountains, it offers water activities and a quaint village full of winding streets filled with shops and restaurants.
Yes! The train trip to Pisa is less than one hour from La Spezia station. Although famous for the leaning tower, there is much more to see and do in this town.
The Piazza dei Miracoli is the walled area surrounding the tower and contains the Pisa Baptistry, the Pisa Cathedral, Camposanto Monumentale and two incredible museums. The square is considered a leading example of medieval architecture. Spend a few hours exploring the various sites and soaking up the history and culture contained within.
Outside the Piazza di Miracoli, there are many piazzas filled with cafes and restaurants. Stroll through them and enjoy a meal with a glass of local Tuscan wine before heading back to Cinque Terre.
Insider Tip: Make sure to validate your ticket before boarding the trains in Italy.
Insider Tip: Avoid the lines by booking your ticket to go up the tower before you get to town.
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