La Spezia is an amazing starting point for your next Mediterranean cruise, especially if you’re fascinated by history and culture. The city is home to Italy’s Navy base, so you will discover a big emphasis on naval history. La Spezia is also filled with historic landmarks, scenic routes, beaches, museums, parks, and much more. Plus, La Spezia is located close enough to Florence and Pia, two other desirable Italian cities, to visit by car. With so many exciting things to do and see, you might consider spending additional time in the city before or after your cruise. Don’t forget to treat your taste buds to some authentic Italian cuisine while you’re there – pizza and seafood are the main staples.
A great time to visit La Spezia is between May and October, when the weather tends to be most enjoyable.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes La Spezia. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
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Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in La Spezia, along with a brief description:
♦ Castles and Fortresses
La Spezia is a wonderful city filled with many historic castles and fortresses that you may feel as if you’ve jumped right into the pages of a storybook. Castello San Giorgio is one of the city’s most highly-rated castles, which features a museum and great views from the terrace. Another incredible sight is Castello di San Terenzo, a medieval fort that overlooks the sea and hosts occasional events. There is also Fortezza di Sarzanello (a former military fortress) and La Cittadella Fortezza Firmafede (a 15th century fortress with an interactive museum detailing its history).
If you’re looking to learn something new when spending time in La Spezia, there are many incredible museums you can visit. One of the city’s most popular museums is the Technical Naval Museum at La Spezia, where you can dig deeper into Italy’s fascinating naval history. Art enthusiasts cannot miss Museo Civico Amedeo Lia, a fine art museum featuring works up to the 18th century. For a taste of modern art, there is the Centro Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, which is located in close proximity to La Spezia’s fine arts museum. Some other interesting museums include Museo del Sigillo (featuring multiple seals on display), and Museo Civico Etnografico “G. Podenzana” (where you can learn more about local culture throughout the centuries).
La Spezia is situated near many beautiful beaches located along the coast. Depending on which beach you chose, you can enjoy everything from warm sands and soothing water to lighthouses, resorts, and other landmarks. Among some of the most top-rated beaches in La Spezia include Baia Blu, Lido di Lerici, Venere Azzurra, San Terenzo Beach, Pozzale Beach, and more. If you have time and are willing to travel a bit from the city center, Cinque Terre National Park is the area’s most popular beach, which features colorful seaside villages, hiking trails, relaxing coastal areas, and much more.
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