Solo Female Travel in La Spezia

La Spezia is a stunning coastal city nestled within the Liguria region in northern Italy. Known for its enchanting natural harbor and picturesque scenery, this city offers an ambiance like none other. It is beautifully positioned amid the dramatic junction where the Apennines and the sea meet, offering breathtaking views that never fail to captivate. La Spezia houses two significant museums, the Amedeo Lia and the Seal, alongside a variety of architectural gems like the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Known as the gateway to the iconic Cinque Terre region, La Spezia is a haven for seafood lovers, and its markets brim with fresh catches of the day. Whether you're drawn in by the city's rich naval history, spectacular views, or its enticing cuisine, La Spezia leaves an indelible impression on every visitor.

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Is La Spezia good for solo travel?


Safety:Very safe

La Spezia is generally a safe city for solo female travelers. It's a small seaside city known for its laid-back lifestyle. Crime rate is low and local people are usually friendly and helpful. During the day and evening the city and its transport links are quite busy, providing a safe environment. Even at night, the well-lit main roads and main city areas are safe to travel around.


Navigating La Spezia is relatively straightforward with its compact city center and efficient public transport system. Most attractions, restaurants, and shopping areas are within walking distance from one another. The city also offers local bus and taxi services if you choose not to walk. However, very few inhabitants speak English which could potentially be challenging when seeking directions.
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Things to do:Interesting

La Spezia offers a rich variety of activities making it a remarkable destination for solo travelers. Its renowned maritime museum, technical naval museum, and the unique modern art museum offer enriching experiences. Furthermore, it is a gateway to Cinque Terre, a chain of five idyllic villages along the coastline which offers breathtaking views. The city also has a distinctive local cuisine and a variety of shopping opportunities. Its lack of prominent landmarks compared to other Italian cities brings the rating down slightly.

Food:Above average

La Spezia offers an impressive range of delicious Italian cuisine. Seafood enthusiasts and fans of authentic Italian food will be thrilled, as the city is renowned for its fresh seafood dishes, thanks to its coastal location. The diversity might not be extensive, considering mainly Italian dishes are served, but you'll come across various kinds of pasta, pizzas, and other local specialties. However, for those seeking international cuisine, options might be a bit limited. The quality of the food is consistently high and the use of fresh, local ingredients makes the dining experience superb.


La Spezia is a mid-range budget destination in Italy. The costs can be managed with affordable accommodations and inexpensive local meals. However, costs may increase if you plan to visit museums, take ferry rides or dine in high-end restaurants frequently. On the whole, some budget planning is recommended.

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We stopped within walking distance of the train station in La Spezia. First, we took a stroll around Riomaggiore, then we took a train to Manarola where we participated in a lesson on making pesto at Nessun Dorma. From there, we took a train to Corniglia, which is the only town not located at sea level. It is situated on top of a cliff, so we had a lot of stairs to climb from the station. We followed the trail from Corniglia to Vernazza, took a break for some ice cream, then took a water taxi to Monterosso, where we watched the sunset and had dinner, before returning by train to La Spezia.

Posted: November 26, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Is La Spezia safe for women?

As in any other place, it is always good to be cautious and it would be better not to wander around alone at night.. all in all La Spezia is a safe city, I would recommend it to anyone who wants to visit it in peace (and as a solo travel lady, it is very doable, I guarantee)!

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