Visiting La Spezia, Italy on a Cruise

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La Spezia, Italy – cruise terminals in the port, how to get from/to the city center or to Cinque Terre

zhibon Posts: 259 Registered: 23 May 2016, 12:46 pm Thanked (a): 40 times Thanked: 106 times

La Spezia, Italy – cruise terminals in the port, how to get from/to the city center or to Cinque Terre

Post zhibon ” 23 May 2016, 17:16

La Spezia itself is a beautiful liturgical city. We walked a bit along the waterfront and the central road leading to the train station. Cruisers mostly use this town as a starting point to Cinque Terre, which are connected by the so-called Road of Love. Trains run regularly, the ticket price is 10 euros, you can buy them in advance on the website of the Italian Railways, or you can get by boat http://www.navigazionegolfodeipoeti.it Some parts of the trail are often closed. Information about Cinque Terre at the moment can be found here https://www.incinqueterre.com/ru/ The 1 day pass is purchased at a separate ticket office at La Spezia station, which is located directly on platform 1 (if you enter the platform from the street through the arch, there is a door on the right into the room where these passes are sold, they cost 10 euro per person, they give the train schedule and map of Cinque Terre lands. They must be composted. The yellow composter is in the exit arch on platform 1.

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Re: the cruise port of La Spezia, Italy

Post ttu-liliya ” May 24, 2016, 08:46

Were there in January 2016.

Here is our preparation.

La Spezia 09:30 – 20:30 Free bus from the ship brings you to the promenade, the place where all the cruise buses stop (also called the cruise terminal), next to Molo Italia. It only takes a few minutes to walk from the cruise terminal to the bus stop. The stop is almost opposite the terminal – across two roads. Maybe 300 meters or even less, the bus number 3 to the train station. Go straight ahead, just cross the road, (the crosswalk is on the left) and go a little further forward on Via Tommaso Campanella to Via Vittorio Veneto. We crossed Via Vittorio Veneto, with the bus stop just ahead. So, once you crossed the street, there’s a bus stop on your left and you can buy a bus ticket in a store nearby. Bus tickets were bought immediately there and back. Go to the bus stop Stazione Centrale Sotto and they will tell you where to go. When you get off the bus, you will immediately see the entrance to the station by elevator.

At the train station go right up to the platform, the door to the information center. There you can buy a ticket for 12 euros for all the lands of Cinque Terre. There you will also get a train schedule. We were there in January, the weather is +15 – +18, the trails are dry, there are no people at all (and in summer there’s a lot of traffic), the views are great. Limit imposes only a winter daylight hours. Sunset at the beginning of January at 5 o’clock, take it into account. Cinque Terre National Park (Cinque Terre, “Five Lands”) is one of the most striking and memorable UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy. The reserve is named after the five villages included in its composition: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. In Cinque Terre, the coasts are rocky and precipitous and the beaches are rocky or pebbly, except for the sandy beach in Vernazza and Monterosso. Riomaggiore is usually the starting point for all tourists in Cinque Terre. The village is tiny, you can walk around it in 20 minutes, there is a small pebble beach. Manarola, which is connected to Riomaggiore by the picturesque “Road of Love” (Via dell’Amore) is interesting because of the medieval defenses against pirates. Corniglia is the only village in Cinque Terre that has no beach, marina or access to the sea. The hillsides near Corniglia are covered with vineyards. Vernazza has a nice beach and the most picturesque coast in the whole reserve. Monterosso is the largest town in the national park. It is famous for its wine, a nice little sandy beach and a marina. Entrance to the park is free. A separate fee is required only for a hike on the trail along the seashore.

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Website about Cinque Terre in Russian: https://www.incinqueterre.com/ru/

The eastern part of the Ligurian coast is the most fashionable resort area of Italy. There is a medieval quarter in the center of La Spezia, which is a part of the city, designed for medieval walks. Entering by car is strictly forbidden, at the noise of the motor immediately appear carabinieri and fined 150 euros. Along the street are shops, boutiques Italian designers and a large selection of restaurants.

Hidden in the alley is the oldest pizzeria in Liguria. Since the 19th century, its ovens have been used to make the famous local delicacy, the Forinata pizza, dough made from pea flour. The liquid dough is poured onto a huge pan and fried at a very high temperature. After 10-15 minutes, the pancake is ready. You eat it hot, sprinkling it with black pepper. The cost of a portion is 1.5 euros.

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Re: the cruise port of La Spezia, Italy

Post zhibon ” May 24, 2016, 19:34

For independent tourists: museums recommended to visit in La Spezia

Museo Amedeo Lia- Museum of ancient, medieval and modern art- Via del Prione 234.

Seals Museum – Museum where the seals of all times are collected- Via del Prion 236 opening hours: Tuesday 16-19 ; Wednesday-Sunday 10-12, 16-19

Naval Museum, the oldest museum in the world (founded in 1589) – Viale Amendola, 1 Open every day from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm.

Archaeological Museum in the Castle of St. George. All the archaeological exhibits of the province of Via XXVII Marzo are collected here.

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Re: the cruise port of La Spezia, Italy

Posted by Vlad52 ” 25 May 2016, 23:38

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To clarify – La is not pronounced, just “Spice”. Cruise ships are moored at the Molo Garibaldi pier in the cargo port, 2 km from the city center and 4 km from the railway station.

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It is forbidden to walk in the territory of the port, so passengers are brought by buses from the ramp to the exit of the port. A cab to the city center costs 15€. Some cruise companies offer a free shuttle to the Largo Fiorillo cruise terminal, which is very close to the center. Next to it is the new Golfo dei Poeti – Cinque Terre Cruise Terminal 2, which for now only serves passengers whose cruise starts or ends in La Spezia.

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Occasionally, the liners will disembark and passengers will be taken ashore by tender boats to the small La Spezia Cruise Facility (LSCF) pier in the Via Aurelia promenade. From here, the train station is only one and a half kilometers away.

Some cruises start at the port of La Spezia. The nearest international airport of Genoa is located 110 km. Getting to the most convenient way is by train. The schedule and cost can be viewed on the website of the Italian Railways.

Spetsia is a pleasant seaside city. In addition to walks in the city, many tourists go to the national park of Cinque Terre, Levanto (towards Genoa), Lerici (bus L towards Pisa), Portovenere (bus P).

To see Cinque Terre it is advantageous to buy a Cinque Terre Card. If the sea is calm and the weather is good, I recommend getting there by boat. It opens up a completely different view. Schedule and prices here.

Pisa is 80 km from La Spezia. You can get there by train. Journey time from 40min and ticket price from 7€ one way.

You can take boat excursions to La Spezia with Costa as an example here.

Change Boeing-747-100 used in good condition, configuration LUX on cruise ship up to 50 thousand tons for permanent residence. Older than 1996 century does not offer.

Review: National Park Cinque Terre (Italy) – Cruise day in La Spezia!

Having started my cruise reviews from the port in Savona, I missed our first stop in La Spezia. And now it’s time to write how we spent the day. On January 3 at 8:30, our liner was scheduled to call at the port of La Spezia. And departure was scheduled for 20-30, so we had to be on board at 20-00. It was more than enough time. So we did not hurry ashore and allowed ourselves to sleep until 9:00. On shore we were already at 10:30.

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So where we had left the port. There were a lot of options. The most common are Pisa, Florence, Monte Carlo. We went to Pisa and Florence from Livorno on our first cruise on Norwegian liner Epic. And we didn’t plan any excursions this time either. So we were torn between staying in La Spezia, going to Portovenere or Cinqua Terre. Until the last moment, we never finally decided what we were going to do.

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Since the port area can’t be crossed on foot, a free shuttle will take you from the gangway to the terminal.

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And here we are in town.

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Since we had absolutely no idea where we were going, we took a sightseeing train for some reason. The cost is 10 euros per adult, and the child is free. It takes to the center and then back. The last train goes at 15-30. If you are not going anywhere from La Spezia, it is probably not the worst option. But we, after arriving in the center, decided that we would go to Cinqua Terre. So we paid 20 euros for 30 minutes ride on the train (for two adults). In fact, you can walk to the train station. That’s why you are going to go beyond La Spezia and there is no point in throwing away 20 euros. Yes, to be honest, to ride on such a train, the pleasure is doubtful.

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The central street of La Spezia is very nice. It was possible to spend a beautiful day in this city. But we had to explore Cinqua Terre.

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Cinque Terre National Park (Italy) photo

Cinque Terre National Park (Italy) photo

Cinque Terre National Park (Italy) photo

Cinque Terre National Park (Italy) photo

My youngest refused to be photographed with this witch, it was too scary.

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The train station, where the trains leave from the center, can be reached in 7 minutes. There are signs everywhere. But to the place, where the shuttles come, you have to walk about 20-25 minutes. As far as I understand you can buy tickets just to a particular station, most likely it would be cheaper, but here we did not want to get into all the nuances. So we bought regular tourist tickets, which allow to travel between all five cities during the day, in addition to all stations near the ticket offices there is free wi-fi (password and username are on the ticket) and free toilets. The cost of such a ticket for an adult is 13 euros. For a child – 7.3 euros. The national park includes 5 villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Cornilia, Vernazza and Monterosso. It is possible to move between them by bus, train and even on foot. But now some routes are closed. For up-to-date information, see their website.

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This is the schedule we were given along with the tickets:

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Some travelers write that you can visit all five villages in one day. I don’t know, I don’t know. We visited three and then, on the third one we broke down and didn’t really look at it, and just sat on the beach. So, if you are ordinary people, not supermen, expect to visit one cruise day 2-3 villages, not more. That is, you, like us, will have to make a difficult choice which villages to visit and which not.

The first village we visited was Riomaggiore. Why did we choose it? It’s simple, it was the first stop where everyone went out and we went out. I don’t know what these places look like in the summer, but in the winter this village looked a bit neglected. Also, on this particular day the weather was overcast. Perhaps this also influenced our perception. My eldest son did not like the first village at all, while I was not so categorical. It certainly has its own charm.

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Cinque Terre National Park (Italy) photo

Cinque Terre National Park (Italy) photo

The view from the village to the railway station:

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Many tourists come to this village to walk the trail “Love Trail”, but now this trail is closed and will be closed for quite some time. However, there are several attractions to visit: the fishermen’s quarter, the church of St. John the Baptist, the church of Santa Maria Assunta, and a very picturesque beach.

Cinque Terre National Park (Italy) photo

Cinque Terre National Park (Italy) photo

We weren’t going to stay long at all, but we missed the train and the next one wasn’t due until half an hour later so we headed to the beach.

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Cinque Terre National Park (Italy) photo

Cinque Terre National Park (Italy) photo

The beach is pebbly, but in the off-season is very picturesque.

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Cinque Terre National Park (Italy) photo

Cinque Terre National Park (Italy) photo

There we spent 20 minutes. And then we ran to the train. But it turned out that the road from the beach all the time uphill, so the last meters, we literally crawled.

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Cinque Terre National Park (Italy) photo

Cinque Terre National Park (Italy) photo

Fortunately, we caught the train in time. Our next stop was the village of Manarola. This village is considered the most popular. And indeed, compared to Riomaggiore, life here is bustling. After our run from the beach to the train, the first thing we did was go to a cafe where we tasted tiramisu, pizza and a cup of coffee. The snack cost us 16.3 euros.

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Once we started eating, we could not stop. In addition, in Manarola at every corner some food was on offer. So we bought more pizza, water, and ice cream. And then we had more coffee. Thus, spending another 17.8 euros.

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After we went down to the beach, we went upstairs to look around the town. In the winter, there is a Nativity Scene organized here. But we had to look at it in the dark, then it must be very beautiful. It occupies a large area on the slope and is even supposed to be the biggest nativity scene. By day it’s not very impressive. But it’s still very unusual.

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Cinque Terre National Park (Italy) photo

Cinque Terre National Park (Italy) photo

The view of Manarola from the slope:

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Cinque Terre National Park (Italy) photo

Cinque Terre National Park (Italy) photo

Of course you can’t go past the 14th century church (St. Lawrence Church). St. Lawrence is the patron saint of this village. Here we left another euro because we bought candles.

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A few more pictures of the village:

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But time was running out inexorably and we wanted to see at least one more township. The kids were already starting to rebel, but I insisted on visiting the last village from La Spezia – Monterosso.

This village is famous for its long beach. There is a lot to see here, but we didn’t have the energy anymore. So we just sat on the beach and admired the sea. Then I walked along the promenade by myself for a while.

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Cinque Terre National Park (Italy) photo

Cinque Terre National Park (Italy) photo

Cinque Terre National Park (Italy) photo

That was the end of our visit to Cinqua Terre, and we took a train to La Spezia. There was a Russian couple sitting next to us who were also traveling with two children. And they decided to look around another town, the children were literally pushed out of the train, apparently they already had no strength, like us)). La Spezia greeted us with decorated streets and Christmas cheer. We still had more than enough time. So we walked to the port. It was a bit wandering, but after a while we found the right road.

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Perhaps if you go to these places in summer, it will be a completely different experience. And it’s even better to stay there for a few days, combining rest and walking. We were not very impressed with our trip. We liked it, but every now and then the thought flashes: “Maybe we should just walk around La Spezia? The city is very nice. But everyone decides for himself. And at the end of the traditional estimate. On this cruise day we spent more than usual. Hitchhiker’s Train – 20 euros; Tickets in Cinqua Terre – 34,3 euros; Restaurants and snacks – 34,1 euros; Candles in the church – 1 euro; Total: 89,4 euros.

P.S. Today I read that there was a hurricane in Palma de Mallorca, and waves up to 14 meters were formed. It became very interesting, what happened to our cruise liner. After all, it was supposed to be in Palma on the day of the storm. It turned out that for three days it had been in the port of Barcelona, but people were not allowed into the city, as the wind was very strong and the waves reached the 5th deck. The captain decided not to go to Marseille and Palma. But today it was still decided to go to Civitavecchia, as there are about 3,000 passengers getting off and the same number getting on, and that is already a very large compensation. I find that very hard to believe, as we had gorgeous weather and once again I thought how lucky we were)).

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