A whole host of lively events are held in the city, both around the pier and the Morin Walkway area and in the rest of the centre. Some of the most important include the Palio del Golfo (on the first Sunday in August), the San Giuseppe Fair (which fills the city with stalls of all kinds towards the end of March) and the Festa della Marineria, which in October enlivens the city and highlights its seafaring tradition.
The city also boasts a huge variety of places and points of interest for both visitors and locals, and the numerous museums include the CAMeC (Museum of Modern Art), the Amedeo Lia Museum, the Naval Museum and the Museum of Seals (the only one of its kind in Italy and famous worldwide). The museums host numerous events and exhibitions throughout the year, and the impressive artistic and cultural heritage displayed in them is a testament to the historical importance of the city and the surrounding area. Another place of cultural interest is the Civic Theatre of La Spezia, built in the Old Town in the mid-nineteenth century.
In addition to the museums, visitors to the city can admire a number of monuments and period buildings. The oldest of these include the Castle of San Giorgio (dating back to the mid-thirteenth century and recently restored for visitor access) and the Church of Santa Maria (also dating back to the Middle Ages and located in the Old Town of La Spezia, used in the past to host the “Parliament” of the city).
A further attraction of La Spezia are the Public Gardens, created in the mid-nineteenth century and adorned with a wealth of different plant species, as well as a monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi, the Salvador Allende multi-purpose centre (which hosts an enormous variety of cultural events) and the Palco della Musica bandstand.