La Spezia, on the so called Italian Riviera, is becoming an increasingly popular cruise port for small and mid-sized ships. Ships will anchor in the bay and allow passengers to be tendered from the ship into the port where there are many different things to see and do. It is also a great starting point for visiting Pisa, Florence, Santa Margherita and Portofino.
The Abbey church of Santa Maria Assunta dates as far back as the 13th century, and contains some stunning artworks. La Spezia is also home to a number of fascinating museums, including the highly renowned fine arts museum, Museo Amedeo Lia. The collection spans the 13th to 18th centuries and includes works by Titian, among many others. If you’re a fan of art and history then La Spezia will surely appeal to you.
Also nearby and easy to get to by train are the villages of the Cinque Terre which comprise of five villages which form the Cinque Terre National Park and enjoy UNESCO status.
La Spezia is also famous for its great shopping streets. There are many streets in the city that are lined with everything from unique boutique style shops, high street favourites and upmarket designer stores. If you like shopping then La Spezia will definitely appeal to you!
If you fancy venturing further afield, from La Spezia it is easy to reach Pisa, Florence and Santa Margherita by train. Each of these destinations can be reached in around an hour, via a direct journey by train. The train station is within easy walking distance of where you will disembark your cruise ship. The trains in Italy are generally fast, efficient and on time. Just make sure you validate your ticket in the ticket machines before you board a train to avoid a fine.
Visiting Pisa and its famous Leaning Tower is a great day trip from La Spezia if you’ve always wanted to see this architectural wonder. Don’t forget to spend a little time walking the streets of Pisa too as there are some lovely streets around the river.
Florence is home to some of the most stunning architecture you’ll ever see. Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is absolutely magnificent, and if you’re up for a bit of a challenge then why not climb the steps to the top of the duomo and enjoy the spectacular views from the top over the city and the surrounding areas.
Santa Margherita is a quintessentially beautiful small town on the Italian Riviera and has beautiful squares, grand architecture, amazing seafood and adorable shops. It’s hard not to fall in love with Santa Margherita and nearby Portofino, one of the most colourful places I’ve visited.
La Spezia is a cruise port that offers passengers so many different choices that deciding what to do whilst you are visiting this port could be the toughest part of your entire cruise!