Museo Amedeo Lia

La Spezia

This fine-arts museum in a restored 17th-century friary is La Spezia's star cultural attraction. The collection spans from the 13th to 18th centuries and includes paintings by masters such as Tintoretto, Montagna, Titian and Pietro Lorenzetti. Also on show are Roman bronzes and ecclesiastical treasures, such as Limoges crucifixes and illuminated musical manuscripts.

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Nearby La Spezia attractions

1. Via del Prione

0.11 MILES

If you have limited time in La Spezia, make sure you prioritise a stroll along this picturesque pedestrian lane that winds through the historic centre…

2. Castello di San Giorgio

0.15 MILES

An assortment of local archaeological artefacts from prehistoric to medieval times are displayed at the city's hilltop fortifications. You'll see finely…

3. Museo Tecnico Navale della Spezia

0.37 MILES

Maritime lovers shouldn't miss the world's oldest naval museum, which is reached via a narrow bridge a few blocks southwest of Parco Salvador Allende. The…

4. Ponte Thaon di Revel

0.55 MILES

Opened to much fanfare in 2013, this photogenic cable-stayed pedestrian bridge connects the city with the port. Vaguely resembling a large double-masted…

5. Porto Mirabello

0.66 MILES

It's worth taking a stroll down to the waterfront and across the scenic Ponte Thaon di Revel for a look at La Spezia's modern, expansive port. You'll see…

6. Oratorio di Santa Maria Assunta


Built by a Christian brotherhood in the 16th century, this simple stone church is home to the unusual 14th-century wooden statue Madonna delle catene …

7. Castello Doria

3.93 MILES

No one knows when the original castle was built, though the current structure – a formidable example of Genoese military architecture – dates from the…

8. Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista

3.95 MILES

Set in the upper part of town, this striking church was founded in 1340 but received a facelift in 1870 giving it a neo-Gothic facade. Original 14th…