Val di Vara
Val di Vara
is the biggest valley in Liguria (it's extended for 2/3 of
the territory of La Spezia). Its landscape is very various
and presents a really rich diversity of woods. All the valley
is composed by historical centres in suggestive positions
(Corvara, Borghetto Vara and so on) dominating the river.
Splendid mountains enchant the tourists.
Formed by a chain of hills, Val di Vara landscape is different
from every corner. Many rivers cross the valley, and the 15
small villages present there do transmit very special emotions
to the people visiting this marvellous place. Light emphasizes
different sides of the valley depending on the moment of the
day. Val di Vara also maintains its medieval core in its architectural
structure. Agricolture is still the first way of carrying
on for the people of these wonderful places, and traditions
are transmitted mainly orally. People of Val di Vara are also
very linked to their roots: many cultural association have
been founded here to promote the history of the place.
La Spezia should thank Lerici everyday because
it's for its presence that the gulf is called "Poets'
Gulf". Here, Byron and Shelley found the inspiration
to write their most famous poems, choosing to spend their
life in this fishers village, painting the beauty of this
place with their immortal verses. Starting from San Terenzo
Castle you'll arrive to Lerici one by walking on a suggestive
promenade. In the village, then, you'll be able to make shopping
in some exclusive boutiques of the coolest brands.
The growing fame of Portovenere,
nationally and internationally speaking, augmented exponentially
the number of visitors year by year, but left untouched the
original charme of the village and its panorama. After diving
into the clear sea of "Arenella", "Ulivo"
or "Grotta Byron", in the evening you'll be given
the chance to see the fantastic show of San Pietro Church
(built in VI siecle and rebuilt again in 1200), directly on
the sea: illuminated, it will leave you without words. Another
fantastic place to go is Palmaria Island (from where the photo
has been taken), only some hundreds of meters far from the
village, and mainly still wild.
- San Giorgio Castle
San Giorgio Castle
takes place on the Poggio hill, and was built for defense
reasons by the old inhabitants of the city. Today, it hosts
public conferences, events and manifestations of the bourgeoises
of La Spezia, and the entrance is free.
Built in the centre of Lunigiana,
of which can be considered as the natural "capital"
for conformation and charism, Sarzana is a modern artigianal,
agricultural and touristic centre, but still maintains its
medieval heart. That is why you can't miss to visit the Cittadella,
strongly willed by Lorenzo il Magnifico in 1488, and S. Maria
Assunta Cathedral, in which you can admire the wonderful Cross
by Maestro Guglielmo (1138). The city is also famous for the
presence of many antique-trade and repair boutiques, and that's
the reason why it hosts many antique-trade fairs, especially
in August (particularly interesting is the well famous "Soffitta
nella Strada", directly in the centre).
- "Amedeo Lia" Museum
Lia" museum is located
in the old convent of the minimites of St. Francis from Paola,
who settled in the town of la Spezia in about 1620. The museum
is a gift to the city by Amedeo Lia, a naturalised La Spezia
citizen of Apulian origins, who began to acquire paintings
and art objects after the Second World War. The building is
divided into thirteen rooms, containing litugical objects,
paintings, portraits, marvellous sculpture up to the heart
of the museum, the unique "Chamber of Marvels".
- The Naval Museum
The real boast of La Spezia,
strongly wanted by Cavour, is certainly the Naval Museum,
one the most complete of Italian Navy. In its core, you'll
have the pleasure to see many naval antiques, starting from
geographic maps to underwater weapons, and an incredible collection
of more than 150 ship models, among which the Amerigo Vespucci
School Ship, built in the laboratory of the museum.
in the heart" is the slogan of this small ligurian village,
whose first intention has always been taking care of nature.
Varese Ligure is the first village in Europe that obtained
the ISO 14001 certification for the environment, and now is
the first witness of european way of life, always looking
for substainable development, biological culture and healthly
life. Here you will be able to find your inner spirit, in
this small village of a few of thousand people alla living
respecting nature and all its beings, promoting quality of
life before everything else.
the boundary between Liguria and Tuscany, Luni is one of the
oldest village of all the Italian peninsula. The zone was
inhabitated since Paleolithic period, but the city was founded
only in II siecle before the birth of Jesus Chryst and was
well-famous in the Romans era because of its port, form which
ships with Apuan Marble landed everyday. Around X siecle,
malary and progressive interment of the port brought to the
fall of the city: in 1058 all the population was transferred
in Sarzana, which always had a debt towards the city of "stele"
statues. Don't miss a visit at the archeological museum, built
in the centre of the old Luni city, which contains many reperts
of Romans period.
techically speaking Versilia is part of Tuscany, La Spezia
is not very far from it. This means that in the evenings Versilia
is the centre of aggregation for young people of different
regions, in order to be able to choose among the larg variety
of attractions there: pubs, discos and much more. Between
Marina di Massa and Forte dei Marmi you'll be able to discover
many locals managed by Formula One's well-known manager Briatore
or other local vips, in which you'll find beach parties, karaoke
and many other events. All this at less than a hour of car
from you relaxing room in Corvara and Bracelli.
At less than one hour driving
from La Spezia (about 80 km), you'll find the famous and world-known
Leaning Tower of Pisa. But there is not only "Piazza
dei Miracoli" to see: the university town is also rich
in youth activities with its substratum of pubs and dancings.
On the evening, walking along the Arno river with its many
bridges will be the added value of your visit to the Garibaldi
Capital of culture and cradle
of the Italian Renaissance, the Tuscan chief town is a destination
attracting tourists from all the world. There are a lot of
things to visit: the "Galleria degli Uffizi" with
its huge cultural patrimony, the wonderful squares, the "Ponte
Vecchio" and its reputed jewelries. By night, Florence
and its lights will subjugate you. Your room in Corvara and
Bracelli is distant less than 200 km from the Florentine fashion:
will you hesitate anymore?