La Spezia

La Spezia  is an Italian town of 92,418 inhabitants, capital of the province in Liguria. The city is located at the eastern Liguria region, a few kilometers from the border with Tuscany, in the middle of a deep natural bay which gives its name. This gulf, also known by the nickname of the Gulf of Poets. The city lies on a narrow strip of land sandwiched between sea and mountains, a direct consequence of this is the presence of numerous hilly districts and arrangement rather irregular urban layout in the twenties even required the excavation of the hill of the Capuchins (where what is now the European Square) to allow the development to the city center as possible to the east, in the direction of the plain of Migliarina, as the area to the west is occupied military arsenal.


The gulf that protects the city has an area of ‚Äč‚Äčabout 150 acres, and is enclosed by a breakwater about 2,210 meters long with two passages, to the west about 400 meters to the east and about 200 meters. The bay of the Gulf has a depth of 4.6 km and a width of 3.2 km.


Just the particular shape of the bay, well protected from the fury of storms and possible enemy attacks, has meant that in La Spezia was built one of the largest arsenals of the Navy and, over the years, you could develop one of the major cargo ports the Mediterranean Sea.



Porto Venere is an Italian town of 3,691 inhabitants in the province of La Spezia in Liguria. For its urban spatial extent is the smallest town in the province of La Spezia.


Since 1997, Porto Venere, together with the islands of Palmaria, Tino, Tinetto and Cinque Terre has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage.


The village lies at the southern end of a peninsula, which, breaking away from the jagged coastline of the Riviera di Levante, it forms the western shore of the Gulf of La Spezia or also known as the Gulf of Poets. At the end of this peninsula are three small islands: Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto, only the island of Palmaria, which lies directly opposite the village of Porto Venere beyond a narrow arm of the sea, is a small part inhabited.


It is bordered to the north by the municipality of La Spezia and south, west and east is washed by the Mediterranean Sea. It is about 14 kilometers north of La Spezia and 117 kilometers east of Genoa. In addition to capital, are part of the municipal area of the two fractions Fezzano and Le Grazie, as well as the archipelago formed by the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto for a total of 7.7 square kilometers. Very famous beaches of the area, with crystal clear and to the strong current of the Ligurian Sea, near the coast that reaches suddenly discrete depth. Report from the beaches of the northwest side of the island of Palmaria, however, mentioned in the Blue Guide of Legambiente and the Italian Touring Club. The ancient village of the country, on the cliff and the islands of the archipelago insists the Regional Natural Park of Porto Venere, which is managed by the homonymous municipal office.



Lerici is an Italian town of 10,017 inhabitants in the province of La Spezia in Liguria. It is the fourth town in the province by population. With the provincial capital and Porto Venere is one of three municipalities bordering the Gulf of Poets. The village of Tellaro has been reviewed as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. For many years, Lerici hosted Lord Byron, Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley.


The town of Lerici is situated in the Riviera di Levante, on the eastern shore of the Gulf of La Spezia. It stands in the center of a small natural bay of Lerici called Breast and dominated by a headland on which stands the imposing castle, now a museum. Almost opposite the village capital, as well as the location of the Venus Riviera, lies the village of San Terenzo. In addition to the capital are part of the municipal area of the seven villages of La Serra, Muggiano Pozzuolo, Pugliola, San Terenzo, Senate and Tellaro for a total of 16 square kilometers. It is bordered to the north by the municipalities of La Spezia and Arcola, south is wet from the Ligurian Sea to the west and east with La Spezia and Sarzana Ameglia. The town is part of the Regional Natural Park of Monte Marcello Magra. It is around 10 kilometers east of La Spezia and 117 kilometers east of Genoa.