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Encyclopedia > La Spezia
Comune della Spezia

Municipal coat of arms
Country Italy
Region Liguria
Province La Spezia (SP)
Mayor Massimo Federici
Elevation m (0 ft)
Area 51 km² (20 sq mi)
Population (as of December 31, 2004)
 - Total 107,206
 - Density 2,102/km² (5,444/sq mi)
Time zone CET, UTC+1
Coordinates 44°06′N, 09°49′E
Gentilic Spezzini
Dialing code 0187
Postal code 19100, 19121-19126, 19131-19139
Frazioni Biassa, Campiglia, La Foce, Pitelli, San Venerio, Sarbia
Patron St. Joseph
 - Day March 19

Location of La Spezia in Italy
Website: www.comune.sp.it

La Spezia (Spèsa in the local dialect of Ligurian) is a city in the Liguria region of northern Italy, at the head of La Spezia Gulf, and capital city of the province of La Spezia.
It is one of the major Italian military and commercial harbours, located between Genoa and Pisa on the Ligurian Sea. La Spezia also hosts one of the biggest military industries of Italy, OTO Melara. Image File history File links La_Spezia-Stemma. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... The Regions of Italy were granted a degree of regional autonomy in the 1948 constitution, which states that the constitutions role is: to recognize, protect and promote local autonomy, to ensure that services at the State level are as decentralized as possible, and to adapt the principles and laws... Liguria is a coastal region of north-western Italy, the third smallest of the Italian regions. ... In Italy, a province (in Italian: provincia) is an administrative division of intermediate level between municipality (comune) and region (regione). ... La Spezia (It. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Time zones of Europe: Light colours indicate countries that do not observe summer time Central European Time (CET) is one of the names of the time zone that is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time. ... Central European Time West Africa Time British Summer Time* Irish Summer Time* Western European Summer Time* Category: ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... A demonym or gentilic is a word that denotes the members of a people or the inhabitants of a place. ... Here are a list of area codes in Italy. ... A frazione, in Italy, is the name given in administrative law to a type of territorial subdivision of a comune; for other subdivisions, see municipio, circoscrizione, quartiere. ... Saint Joseph, also referred to as Joseph the Betrothed and as Joseph of Nazareth, was the foster-father of Jesus, according to the New Testament (Matthew 1:16; Luke 3:23). ... is the 78th day of the year (79th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Italy_Regions_(including_Pelagie_Islands). ... Image File history File links Red_pog. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Ligurian may mean one of several things: Pertaining to the ancient Ligures Pertaining to modern Liguria Ligurian language This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Liguria is a coastal region of north-western Italy, the third smallest of the Italian regions. ... La Spezia (It. ... For other uses, see Genoa (disambiguation). ... Leaning Tower of Pisa. ... The Ligurian Sea. ... The military industry is comprised of government and commercial industry involved in research, development, production, and service of military equipment and facilities. ... Oto Melara is a Italian defence company with factories in Brescia and La Spezia. ...

Panorama of La Spezia.

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History

The area of La Spezia was settled since pre-historic times. In Roman times the most important centre was Luni now located in the vicinity of Sarzana (small city near La Spezia). Ancient Rome was a civilization that grew from a small agricultural community founded on the Italian Peninsula circa the 9th century BC to a massive empire straddling the Mediterranean Sea. ... Luni is a frazione of the comune (municipality) of Ortonovo, province of La Spezia, in the Liguria region of northern Italy. ...


Main sights

La Spezia is a point of departure for the Cinque Terre, either by train or boat. The boat also leads you to Lerici and Portovenere before turning into the open sea towards the Cinque Terre. The Cinque Terre are five coastal villages in the province of La Spezia in the Liguria region of Italy. ... Lerici is a commune in the province of La Spezia in Liguria. ... Portovenere is a village in Liguria, Italy located 12km from La Spezia. ...


Both Lerici and Portovenere are reachable by public transport (15 km) from the central station of La Spezia. Lerici is a commune in the province of La Spezia in Liguria. ... Portovenere is a village in Liguria, Italy located 12km from La Spezia. ...


Main landmarks of the city proper include:


Churches

  • Cristo Re dei Secoli ("Christ the King of Centuries", cathedral), consecrated in 1975. The project was by Adalberto Libera.
  • Abbey church of Santa Maria Assunta ("Our Lady of the Assumption", 13th century). It houses a considerable series of artworks, some of them coming from other suppressed religious institutes. They include an Incoronation of the Virgin by Andrea della Robbia, the Multiplication of Bread by Giovanni Battista Casoni and st. Bartholomew's Martyrdom by Luca Cambiaso.
  • Santi Giovanni e Agostino ("Saints John and Augustine", 16th century). It has a single nave with 18th and 19th century decorations.

Rome, post office in via Marmorata (1932). ... Madonna with Child and Angels. ... Luca Cambiasi (surname also written Cambiaso or Cangiagio; 1527–1585) was an Italian painter, familiarly known as Lucchetto da Genova. ...

Museums

  • "Ubaldo Formentini" - Civic Museum in the Castle of San Giorgio
  • "Amedeo Lia" Museum
  • Palazzina delle Arti and Museum of Seals
  • Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (CAMeC)
  • Diocesan Museum
  • Ethnographic Civic Museum
  • Technical Naval Museum
  • National Transportation Museum
Church of Santa Maria Assunta.
View from the sea.
Gulf of La Spezia

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Others

  • Castle of San Giorgio, recently restored. Probably originated from a watchtower, a first castle is known to have been built by Nicolò Fieschi in 1262. In 1273 the Genoese destroyed it, and a new fortification, along with a new line of walls, was erected by the podesteria of La Spezia from 1371. Annexed to this edifice, the Republic of Genoa added a new castle starting from 1607.
  • Public Gardens
  • Art Nouveau-style villas
  • Futurist mosaic by Prampolini inside the Post Office

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Events

  • San Giuseppe, feast of the Patron Saint of the city, held on March 19.
  • Palio del Golfo, on first Sunday in August.
  • Cercantico, an antique fair, 1st Sunday of every month except July and August.

Notable people

Alexia is an Italian singer, born Alessia Aquilani May 19, 1967 in La Spezia. ... Giancarlo Giannini (born August 1, 1942, La Spezia, Liguria, Italy) is an Oscar-nominated Italian actor and dubber. ... Stefano Mei (born 3 February 1963 in La Spezia) is an Italian long-distance runner who specialized in the 5000 and 10000 metres. ... Gaetano Pesce (born 1939) is an Italian architect and designer. ... Rund um den Henninger Turm (2006) Alessandro Petacchi winning the 2005 edition of Milan-San Remo. ... It has been suggested that List of works by Giacinto Scelsi be merged into this article or section. ...

See also

In the linguistics of the Romance languages, the La Spezia-Rimini Line is a line that refers to a number of important isoglosses that distinguish the eastern Romance languages from the western Romance languages. ... Spezia Calcio 1906 is an Italian football club, based in La Spezia, Liguria. ... Stadio Alberto Picco is a multi-use stadium in La Spezia, Italy. ...

External links

  • A guide about La Spezia
  • ItalianVisits.com
  • Satellite picture by Google Maps



Liguria is a coastal region of north-western Italy, the third smallest of the Italian regions. ... In Italy, the comune, (plural comuni) is the basic administrative unit of both provinces and regions, and may be properly approximated in casual speech by the English word township or municipality. ... La Spezia (It. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Country Italy Region Liguria Province Province of La Spezia (SP) Mayor Elevation 89 m Area 14. ... Arcola is a comune (municipality) in the Province of La Spezia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 80 km southeast of Genoa and about 7 km northeast of La Spezia. ... Beverino is a comune (municipality) in the Province of La Spezia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 70 km southeast of Genoa and about 11 km north of La Spezia. ... Bolano is a comune (municipality) in the Province of La Spezia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 80 km southeast of Genoa and about 11 km northeast of La Spezia. ... Country Italy Region Liguria Province Province of La Spezia (SP) Mayor Elevation m Area 9. ... Borghetto di Vara is a comune (municipality) in the Province of La Spezia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 70 km southeast of Genoa and about 15 km northwest of La Spezia. ... Country Italy Region Liguria Province Province of La Spezia (SP) Mayor Elevation m Area 12. ... Calice al Cornoviglio is a comune (municipality) in the Province of La Spezia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 70 km southeast of Genoa and about 11 km north of La Spezia. ... Carro is a comune (municipality) in the Province of La Spezia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 60 km southeast of Genoa and about 25 km northwest of La Spezia. ... Carrodano is a comune (municipality) in the Province of La Spezia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 60 km southeast of Genoa and about 20 km northwest of La Spezia. ... Castelnuovo Magra is a comune (municipality) in the Province of La Spezia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 90 km southeast of Genoa and about 15 km east of La Spezia. ... Deiva Marina is an Italian resort town located about 40 Miles (65 KM)south of the city of Genoa on the Riviera di Levante. ... Follo is a comune (municipality) in the Province of La Spezia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 80 km southeast of Genoa and about 8 km northeast of La Spezia. ... Country Italy Region Liguria Province Province of La Spezia (SP) Mayor Elevation m Area 18. ... Lerici is a commune in the province of La Spezia in Liguria. ... Levanto is a comune (municipality) in the Province of La Spezia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 60 km southeast of Genoa and about 20 km northwest of La Spezia. ... Maissana is a comune (municipality) in the Province of La Spezia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 50 km east of Genoa and about 35 km northwest of La Spezia. ... Monterosso al Mare is a town and commune in the province of La Spezia, part of the region of Liguria (northern Italy). ... Ortonovo is a comune (municipality) in the Province of La Spezia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 100 km southeast of Genoa and about 20 km east of La Spezia. ... Pignone is a comune (municipality) in the Province of La Spezia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 70 km southeast of Genoa and about 11 km northwest of La Spezia. ... Portovenere is a village in Liguria, Italy located 12km from La Spezia. ... Riccò del Golfo di Spezia is a comune (municipality) in the Province of La Spezia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 80 km southeast of Genoa and about 10 km northeast of La Spezia. ... Riomaggiore Riomaggiore, situated in a small valley in the Liguria region of Italy, is the first of the Cinque Terre one meets coming from La Spezia. ... Rocchetta di Vara is a comune (municipality) in the Province of La Spezia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 70 km southeast of Genoa and about 11 km north of La Spezia. ... Santo Stefano di Magra is a comune (municipality) in the Province of La Spezia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 80 km southeast of Genoa and about 11 km northeast of La Spezia. ... Sarzana is a town and comune in the Province of La Spezia, of Liguria, Italy, 15 km east of Spezia, on the railway to Pisa, at the point where the railway to Parma diverges to the north. ... Sesta Godano is a comune (municipality) in the Province of La Spezia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 60 km east of Genoa and about 25 km northwest of La Spezia. ... Varese Ligure is a comune (municipality) in the Province of La Spezia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 50 km east of Genoa and about 35 km northwest of La Spezia. ... Vernazza Vernazza is one of the five towns in Italys picturesque Cinque Terre region, located in the La Spezia province in the northwest of the country. ... Vezzano Ligure is a comune (municipality) in the Province of La Spezia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 80 km southeast of Genoa and about 7 km northeast of La Spezia. ... Zignago is a comune (municipality) in the Province of La Spezia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 70 km east of Genoa and about 20 km north of La Spezia. ... Image File history File links Provincia_della_Spezia-Stemma. ...


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