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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

Castelnuovo Magra

Log book


Yachters that land in the Gulf of La Spezia have a lot of interesting opportunities to explore the hinterland, with a few bus stops going up the hills for instance to visit Castelnuovo Magra. The historic area is very beautiful. It was a fort and on 6 October 1306 Dante Alighieri was there to negotiate peace between the Malaspinas and the Bishop of Luni. Behind the Santa Maria Maddalena church today there is the Public Wine Shop of Lunigiana and Liguria... and it is there that Patrizio is heading!

The chairman of the Wine Shop, Alberto Tognoni, gives him some advice on Ligurian wines and combinations: Vermentino is the king of the area, produced more than all the others both to the west and to the east, Pigato is primarily made to the west, while the terraces recall the legendary Sciacchetrà, an extraordinary passito, on to Cinque Terre wine, a good white.

As regards combinations, the white wines – like Vermentino – are ideal with fish and with all the typical Ligurian products (vegetables, vegetable pies, mussels, pesto ...). Instead Sciacchetrà is a so-called “meditation wine”, produced in small quantities, alcohol strength about 18 degrees and a very beautiful amber colour; it goes well with desserts or if one wants to be a gourmet with herbal cheeses too. The name seems foreign, but the etymology is simply dialectal: in Cinque Terre “sciacchetrà” means “crush and put away.”

In the Gulf of La Spezia few wines are produced but there are some very good ones. The whole system is based on small wine producers that sell directly to restaurants in the area, in the spirit of “better fewer but better!”

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