Via del Prione

La Spezia

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. This is one of the oldest streets in town and is sprinkled with shops, cafes, restaurants and several museums (plus the tourist office). If you keep going, you'll reach the public gardens and the waterfront just beyond.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby La Spezia attractions

1. Museo Amedeo Lia

0.11 MILES

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…

2. Castello di San Giorgio

0.24 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

0.47 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

0.66 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

0.77 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

3.84 MILES

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. Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista


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…

8. Fossola Beach

3.96 MILES

This small pebbly beach is immediately southeast of Riomaggiore marina. Take the short trail that leads just past the harbour to get here. The shore is…