From the sea to the city

From the sea front, where the Passeggiata Morin promenade) joins the Molo Italia quay opening onto the sea, you get to Piazza Europa, dominated by the Cristo Re dei Secoli (Christ the Everlasting King) cathedral. It was designed by Adalberto Libera and completed in 1975. At the back of the square on the left we see the imposing Palazzo del Governo (Palace of Government), built when La Spezia became capital of the new province in 1923; in front of this on Via Veneto is the bizarre building known as “The Skyscraper”, the work of Raffaello Bibbiani and Giorgio Guidugli. These are excellent examples of the interwar architecture of La Spezia . In the nearby Piazza Verdi stands the Post Office designed in 1933 by Angiolo Mazzoni, and inside the tower you can see the breathtaking mosaic depicting Land, Sea and Air Communications, by Fillia and Prampolini. From one side of this square you enter the old town, quickly reaching Piazza Sant’Agostino; from the other side you can continue along via Chiodo. On the sea side of this street, set back from the others, is the striking building of the Carispezia-Crédit Agricole Bank Foundation, built around 1845 by the architect Felice Orsolino. The next stretch of Via Chiodo opens onto the Gardens facing the sea, where in the so-called “Boschetto” (“Little Wood”) you see the bandstand purchased at the Universal Exhibition in Turin in 1866. Further up on the right is Via Prione, which cuts through the old town; still further up is Corso Cavour, an elegant, clearly 19th-century-style street. Keep walking and you will get to Piazza Beverini, where you see the church of Santa Maria Assunta (Our Lady of the Assumption), and then the square which is animated each morning by the food market.

From the bottom of Via Chiodo, with the Gardens with Antonio Garella’s monument to Garibaldi on your left, you reach Piazza Chiodo, with its view onto the main façade of the Military Arsenal. In the middle of this square is the monument to Domenico Chiodo, the creator and promoter of the Arsenal. The monument is by Santo Varni; it was completed in 1874 and put into place here in 1878. Next to the Main Gate of the Arsenal you see the entrance to the Technical Naval Museum of the Military Navy.

Piazza Chiodo is just a few steps away from Piazza Cesare Battisti, the site of the CAMeC Centre of Modern and Contemporary Art, which hosts temporary exhibitions, conferences and seminars on the contemporary art scene.

Departure
An easy path, interesting and suitable for everyone!
Passeggiata Morin
The departure of this interesting city tour is the Passeggiata Morin. Let yourself be conquered by the Gulf view, from the Apuan Alps to the open sea, all the beauty of this city.
Piazza Europa
Piazza Europa, where the most important civic offices are situated, was designed during the fascist period and finished only in 1960. The square was created with the purpose of connecting the old town with the eastern part and it substitutes a small promontory which reached the sea, called the Ferrara or Cappuccini promontory.
Piazza Verdi
Standing back from the square itself, in a raised position, we see the Central Post Office designed in 1933 by Angiolo Mazzoni. At the top of its tower inside, the whirling mosaics representing Land, Sea and Air Communications by Fillia and Prampolini seem to celebrate the Futurist town, dynamism and technical achievement.
Fondazione
The palazzo which is today the headquarters of the Cassa Di Risparmio della Spezia Bank Foundation was built in the first half of the 19th century, when the Genoese architect Felice Orsolino designed a villa for the Da Passano marquises near the town and facing the sea.
Palco della Musica
The first small portion of public park was created in 1825 on the site of today’s Palco della Musica, a bandstand which was purchased at the Turin Universal Exhibition in 1866. The original name of the park, “Boschetto” (Little Wood), indicates the landscaping type of planning approach.
Domenico Chiodo
In the middle of Piazza Chiodo, there is a monument dedicated to Domenico Chiodo, creator and promotor of the Arsenal, due to Santo Varni. The statue was ready in 1874 and finally erected in 1878.
CAMeC
Treat yourself to a visit to the Centre of Modern and Contemporary Art.
Arrival
The ending point of one of the many interesting paths of La Spezia.
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