Virgin Voyages' guide to La Spezia
A seaside gateway to the Italian countryside.
La Spezia and beyond
While there are many Shore Things that take you outside of La Spezia, the city features a gorgeous waterfront naval museum (where you can easily spend an entire day), a hilltop fortress, a neighboring fishing islet, and plenty of traditional Italian fare to savor if you are looking to spend your time close to the ship.
Timeless art around every turn
A Feast In The Tuscan Countryside
Cinque Terre Two-Village Visit
On the Hunt for Tuscan Truffles
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Buongiorno from Tuscany
The Italian language originated from a Tuscan dialect.
Stray (far off) the course
After a scenic drive through the Tuscan countryside, you'll arrive in Florence. Explore the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, the Baptistery, and Giotto's Bell Tower. You'll then continue on to Pisa, where you'll explore Piazza dei Miracoli and see the famous Leaning Tower.DISCOVER MORE SHORE THINGS
La Spezia’s location is too perfect to not take a trip beyond the coast. When it comes to visiting Cinque Terre, it’s only a quick train ride away, but the scenic route (by ferry or sailing vessel) guarantees astonishing views of the rocky coast and color changing coastal blues.
Should you want to start (or end) your day with an experience lesser known to visitors, Isola Palmaria should not be overlooked. With hidden marble caves and a rainbowed assortment of old Italian buildings, this tiny islet is only a 15-minute walk from the port to the island’s ferry, and offers incredible photo ops (and Italian allure) from every angle.
While Italy's fame transcends centuries, every destination offers something for those in search of historic landmarks, hidden enclaves, and (of course) incredible food that you won’t find anywhere else but here.
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