October 14 – 21 Montemarcello: La SpeziaNext day – La Spezia. La Spezia is a large port city. It has some lovely and well kept art deco buildings and a pleasant park along the marina. There are a variety of shops in the wide pedestrian areas. Our goal was the Museo Armedeo Lia which was well worth the effort to find it. The museum has some beautiful bronze and glass pieces as well as a nice collection of renaissance and later paintings. We took our time and got a return ticket so we could come back in after lunch.
We found a set price osteria nearby, which had several full tables. The menu was recited by the waitress, one course at a time. For €23 we had a mezzo lire bianco, a mezzo litre water, penne w/salmone, pasta with tomato and sausage sauce, fried anchovies, roasted pork, warm yellow and red pepper salad, panna cotta, berry crostini, and caffe. It was a real workingman's place - filling and good – and I enjoyed the experience. After our second visit to the museum we walked the main pedestrian streets. We found a rosticeria and bought minestrone soup, turkey slices with light gravy, and stuffed cabbage to take back.
A lovely boulevard in La Spezia