La Spezia has a large and busy natural harbor. It plays a prominent role in the international freight and it is the main naval port of Italy. In the past cruise ships used to anchor in bay, but recently are able to dock at the new Molo Garibaldi. From there you can easily discover the city center on foot or go to the train station (for excursions outside La Spezia).
During a cruise vacation to Italy, La Spezia is sometimes on the program. La Spezia is the port where you make excursions to places like Florence, Pisa, Lucca or Cinque Terre. After Livorno it's an important gateway to Tuscany.
Cruise ships dock at the new Molo Garibaldi.
Language in La Spezia
The language in La Spezia is Italian, but on touristic spots you can also use English.
Currency in La Spezia
The currency in La Spezia is Euro (€). You can find ATM’s along the city.
Opening times in La Spezia
Opening times differ a lot around Italy, but generally are as follows:
Monday to Saturday
from 9.00h - 13.00h
and 15.30h - 19.30h
On Sundays and holidays shops are closed. Of course there are exceptions
Castle of San Giorgio
Dating back to the 13th century. Castle with watchtower built by Niccolò Fieschi
Santa Maria Assunta
The Church Our Lady of the Assumption dates back to the 13th century. It contains a lot of artworks
Cristo Re dei Secoli
Cristo Re dei Secoli is a modern cathedral of Christ the King of Centuries. It was designed and built in the 70s by Adelberto Libera
Recently, this important naval base, an area of 165 hectares with 12 kilometres of roads has been opened to the public, also for visiting the prestigious Naval Museum
Amedeo lia museum
Amedeo lia museum includes paintings (from XIII to XVIII cent.), ivory and silver objects from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, ceramic, glass and crystal objects from different periods.
It's easy to explore La Spezia on foot. The historic city center is located at 2 km walk from Molo Garibaldi. If you want to make an excursion by train, the train station is located about 4km from port.
From the port of La Spezia you have several shore excursion options. You can visit La Spezia itself although there are not too much sights. A lot of cruise passengers opt for an excursion to the nearby Cinque Terre (Five Lands) or make a cruise excursion to places like Florence, Pisa or Lucca. You can visit al these places by train from La Spezia.
La Spezia has a Mediterranean climate with dry hot summers and wet mild winters. The average annual temperature in summer is between 27°C and 32°C and in winter between 3°C and 7°C
You can discover La Spezia on your own, book a shore excursion through the cruise line company or book a shore excursion from one of our partners. We offer shore excursions at local prices straight from the local companies.
Excursions in Pisa
Excursions in Florence
Excursions in Lucca
Excursions in Cinque Terre
Excursions in La Spezia (Cinque Terre)
On the website of the Liguria Tourist Information you can find more info about La Spezia and its surroundings.
The following cruise lines offer itineraries and schedules to La Spezia: