La Spezia is one of the most populous municipalities of Liguria (the second after Genoa). It stands in the centre of a characteristic gulf (also known as Golfo dei Poeti), surrounded by beautiful hills and it is close to the Cinque Terre National Park, thus offering intense and suggestive views.
Among the major merchant ports of the Mediterranean and home to one of the most important arsenals of the Italian Navy, La Spezia enjoys a favourable sub-Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and warm but breezy summers.
The first human settlements in the territory of La Spezia (by Ligurian populations) date back to the Bronze Age, as confirmed by various findings found on the heights surrounding the gulf; there are also a lot of testimonies of the period of Roman domination. The fall of Rome opened the doors to the invasion of the Goths that gave rise to a series of dominations: Byzantines, Lombards, Franks, while suffering looting of the Normans and being prey to raids of Saracen pirates.
With the arrival of the Genoese (at the beginning of the twelfth century) the city finally could enjoy necessary protection and it embarked on a period of flourishing development, which continued also under the Visconti, who conquered La Spezia, by the decline of Genoa. With Napoleon Bonaparte's Italian campaign, La Spezia and Liguria passed under control of the French Empire, before being assigned to the Kingdom of Sardinia with the Restoration of 1815.
A city rich in history and culture (with countless museums and buildings of great tourist interest), but La Spezia presents many opportunities for nature enthusiasts as well, with very suggestive sceneries even outside the city’s borders. A stay in a cosy hotel in La Spezia will allow you to satisfy the desire for fun thanks to different festivals and popular events that have as their theatre both the coast and the hinterland.