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Assonautica harbour La Spezia

Right at the end of the Gulf

Bocca di Magra

Between the Apuan Alps and the river mouth

Castelnuovo Magra

Vermentino or Sciacchetrà?

La Spezia naval museum

A journey in the history of navigation

La Spezia: Gulf Palio

An historical competition

La Spezia: Porto Mirabello

Yachters are all equal

The road of love

The romantic coast of La Spezia, Riomaggiore


The harbor, surfing and... anchovies


The Cinque Terre national park

Fezzano harbour

The very west side of La Spezia Gulf


A village spontaneous... out of this world


Montale's hometown, in the Cinque Terre national park


Intact nature reserve

Pontremoli: Museum of the Stele Statues

What do we know of our prehistory?

Porto delle Grazie

And the tradition of ancient boats

Porto Venere

A treasure in the Gulf of La Spezia

Riomaggiore, Manarola e Monesteroli

Cinque Terre national park: turism, land and agriculture

San Terenzo: Villa Shelley

Back in time to the first '800


Mario Soldati's hometown, literature and trekking


Verso gli scavi archeologici della Villa romana

Porto Lotti

On the Gulf of La Spezia


Log book

Sailing along the coast of Cinque Terre Patrizio asks about the rules for access to the Marine Protected Area. He discovers that the most important aspect is anchorage, because anchoring here means furrowing the seabed, doing irreversible damage, so the whole area is dotted with mooring buoys to use as an alternative. In addition to the buoys here and there there is also “Clean Sea”, the first floating refuse container, so crews really have no more excuses for dirtying the sea!

The Marine Park is divided into three zones:

  1. Zone A: the smallest, only 5% of the total, it is a total reserve and you absolutely cannot go into it by boat
  2. Zone B: a “buffer zone”, where professional fishing is forbidden, but you can go through it by boat at a moderate speed
  3. Zone C: a big zone, which covers about 4,000 hectares and where both fishing and the passage of craft are regulated

However, ships or boats longer than 24 metres cannot go in anywhere.


Patrizio’s tour continues in the “Patagonia of Cinque Terre”: Monesteroli, a “spontaneous village”, so remote that isn’t even on the maps! To get to it, after disembarking you need to climb up a path of over 1,500 steps, an itinerary highly unsuitable for tourists that suffer from dizziness. Once you get to the top, the little breath you have left is taken away by the panorama! It is unbelievable that though finding yourself right in the middle of one of the most frequented tourist places in Italy – Cinque Terre – there still exist hidden spots like this, self-sufficient from the energy point of view thanks to a couple of little solar panels, practically out of the world!

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