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La Spezia is it worth even going there?

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La Spezia is it worth even going there?

We will be stopping in La Spezia from 8 am-6pm. Is it a worthwhile stop? Should we go to another nearby town? What do you reccomend. Not including Piza or Florance, what can we do in La Spezia or nearby in this time? Livorno was another option for a stop, but thats really depressing unless we go to Piza or Florance. What would you advise?

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1. Re: La Spezia is it worth even going there?

La Spezia does not have all that much of interest to tourists. Why are you stopping there instead of visiting the Cinque Terre, which are only a few minutes away by train.

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2. Re: La Spezia is it worth even going there?

Take a Bus from La Spezia, to Lerici or Portovenere both beautiful,

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Cruise ship stop. Not by choice!

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4. Re: La Spezia is it worth even going there?

Go to the Cinque Terre towns. We took the ferry from La Spezia to Portovenere, looked around and then went to Monterosso and from there hiked to Vernazza, had lunch, and took the train to each of the other towns before going back to La Spezia,

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Failing that if you like a bit of culture there is also the Museo Lia. Palazzina delle Arti and museum of Seals ,The Museum of modern Art . The Etnographic museum, The naval museum. The civic museum in the Castello San Giorgio.

A little further afield there is the Roman ampitheatre at Luni, The marble quarries at Carrara. Medeival Lucca

Between 9-1 and 4-7.30 There is the main shopping centre with many boutiques together with the market 5 mins from the tender

There is also the new marina at Porto Mirabello again 5 mins from the tender

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Alternatively you could just stay on board the boat

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7. Re: La Spezia is it worth even going there?

We visited La Spezia without planning to do so. We had planned to spend the day in the CT but it was so mobbed with tourists that we left after an hour, saw a train to La Spezia about to leave so hopped on and went.

We enjoyed walking through the center and had a delightful lunch before we headed back to Rapallo. For us, it saved the day from being a complete disappointment.

We do not look for things to do as a rule, just enjoy the experiences a place has to offer. For us worthwhile simply means we enjoyed the overall experience.

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Did you like the towns you saw of you can name the top 2 maybe since we will be with kids and may not be as mobile as to take the bus, hike and take the train. Say you had 8 hours how would you soend them there to get the most out of it? Thank you!!!

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Staying on the boat is not an option, but going to Lavorno and taking the bus to Florance where i just came from would be better than staying on the boat.

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10. Re: La Spezia is it worth even going there?

Are your cruises a choice betwen docking in either Livorno or La Spezia.

Does your holiday originate in Florence and then you pick up your cruise which is why you do not want to return there.

You say you would go to Pisa from Livorno but not from La Spezia is there any particular reason why. ? Have you also considered Lucca which is also easily accessed from Livorno. although slightly longer from La Spezia.

would the kids like to spend the day at the beach ?

Lerici from La Spezia or Viareggio from Livorno would both fit the bill.

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