Trips and Itineraries for La Spezia
Weekend Getaways from La Spezia
168 Kms from La Spezia
When I was flying to Milan I had to literally pinch myself to believe, that I am going to a foreign land all by myself and living my dream.It was around 11.30 pm when I landed in Milan and divulged myself with some serious pep up talks because I felt a tad bit lost.Amidst all the battles in my head, I saw a young woman walking towards the train station and befriended her. To my surprise, she was warm and very helpful. She expressed, “I will come with you till the hostel and grab a drink. I am very upset coz my best friend has moved to another city.” And that’s how her melancholy saved me the despair of finding my way.The walk towards the hostel was fascinating as all I saw around me were stores thriving to get my attention and at the end of the long stretch was the hostel — Ostello Bello.The moment I set my foot in the hostel, it seemed like I have entered a high-octane resto-pub. The place played electrifying music and I could hear tons of chitter-patter with copious amount of laughter coming from every corner.Amidst all the initial formalities of checking-in, my eyes were searching for my friend (Sigh! Struggling to remember her name). That’s when Helder (from the front desk) said, “Hey! Your friend just went and left you a kiss,” and I couldn’t do much but smile and thank her from all my heart. The ‘happy’ me chit chatted for a while with everyone before calling it a night.
About La Spezia
A severely underrated port town in the Italian Riviera, La Spezia also happens to be Italy's largest naval base. It is relatively quieter than the rest of the Italian cities and the locals are nice and simple unlike their more urban counterparts. The only reason La Spezia gets touristy is owing to the fact that it serves as a base for those wanting to visit the Cinque Terre villages, yet the place exudes an inexplicable charm of its own. Walk around the several beautiful piazzas leading up to the waterfront and allow yourself some time to sample the street food available - Waffle Churros, Chips, Farinatas (chickpea flour pancakes) and Take Away Pizzas among other Italian delicacies. If you are a fan of retail therapy, every imaginable brand along with a few local ones can be found in the city. The Porto (waterfront) is a perfect place to sit, read and simultaneously indulge in a good amount of people watching. Getting There: Trains run from Rome Termini/Rome Ostiense to La Spezia Centrale/La Spezia Migliarina every few hours. The duration is around 4 hours and will cost you approximately 50 Euros per trip. Additionally, you may have to change trains on certain stations. Booking on the ItaliaRail/Trenitalia websites in advance is a great idea as you save money and since most changing trains are Regionale trains on which you do not have reserved seats (unlike Intercity and Frecciargento), it is absolutely imperative to validate your tickets on the many validation machines at the station just before you board the train.