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Travel Notes: La Spezia, Cinque Terre and Surroundings (5)

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Liguria and the nearby Tuscany are places to discover: take a few days to live with us and spend an unforgettable holiday!
What are the best experiences that you can do in Cinque Terre, La Spezia, Val di Vara, Val di Magra and Lunigiana?
What are the suggestions for the sport and nature addicted?
And where to go for spend a funny night between Liguria and Tuscany?
Arbaspàa Tour Operator, post by post, continues to give you his tips about what to visit, to discover the secrets of these wonderful lands and – as if you were a special friend – to tell you how to have fun and relax.

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13) Prepare a lunch based on fish like a real Ligurian: cooking lessons
The fish is the king of the Ligurian table: fresh, high-quality, is one of the best products of regional cuisine.
There are many local recipes that enhance it, along with the products of the country with which it is prepared.
Do you have a passion for cooking and would you like to test yourself under the guidance of a real chef?
This tour, one of the most beloved among those organized by Arbaspàa, will give you the opportunity to try to realize a delicious lunch made with lot of courses, obviously based on the excellent products of the area.
But it does not end here: taste your dishes at the end of this experience in one of the best restaurants in the city, which will put at your disposal its professional kitchen and its cook.
To add charm and a 100% fragrant flavor, the cooking lesson will be preceded by a visit to the evocative market in the heart of the city: one of the most popular attractions for visitors, where you will buy all the necessary ingredients to make recipes.
Here, all the details of the tour:

14) Admire the workshops and sculpture exhibitions in nearby Pietrasanta
Chosen in the past as a base by artists such as Igor Mitoraj and Fernando Botero – a second home and base of their atelier -, Pietrasanta has become over the years the capital of Versilia’s sculpture: a charming town full of life, a few tens of kilometers from La Spezia (reachable from the A12 highway taking the Versilia exit, or by train, getting off Querceta-Forte dei Marmi station and then, getting on a local CAP bus).
Marble and bronze, chisels and foundries combined with the skill of the artisans: a production of masterpieces in ateliers often open to the public, and not only: Pietrasanta, thanks to the outdoor installations and the free exhibitions promoted, such as the one of last year on Salvador Dalì throughout the historic center and visited by thousands of people, has been transformed into outdoor museum. Do not miss the Museo dei Bozzetti in the Chiostro di Sant’Agostino (
And, to refresh yourself after the walk and the amazement, take a break in the many popular cafés, frequented by artists and intellectuals.
Mark this enchanting parenthesis on your travel notebook in the art of the most authentic Versilia: an out-of-program that you won’t regret!

15) Spend a rock night at Skaletta and Shake
Not everyone knows it, but the city of La Spezia is a forge of alternative rock: indie, punk, garage … lot of groups and talents grow up on the Gulf of Poets, playing the most energetic sounds.
The “Las Pezia Rockers” have shaken, and continue to animate as an electric shock the nights of the citizen of their city and many people who also come from outside the area, to attend the concerts of local bands, many of which also affirmed on the international stage, as the Manges , the Peawees and the King Mastino, and the many guests coming from all over the world.
There are two places where you can unleash on their notes, until late at night: the historic Skaletta Rock Club and the Shake Club, which organize live at low-prices and many free events, including DJ sets.
To entry, the Arci card is required: you can purchase it at the box office in the club.

Check the FB pages of the Skaletta ( and the Shake ( all the evenings scheduled.

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