La Spezia

La Spezia (UK: /læ ˈspɛtsiə/, US: /lɑː -/ or /lɑː ˈspɛtsiɑː, - ˈspt-/,[3][4][5] Italian: [la ˈspɛttsja] (listen); A Spèza in the local Spezzino dialect) is the capital city of the province of La Spezia and is located at the head of the Gulf of La Spezia in the southern part of the Liguria region of Italy.

La Spezia
A Spèza  (Ligurian)
Comune della Spezia
Panorama of La Spezia
Location of La Spezia
La Spezia
Location of La Spezia in Italy
La Spezia
La Spezia (Liguria)
Coordinates: 44°06′N 09°49′E
CountryItaly
RegionLiguria
ProvinceLa Spezia (SP)
FrazioniBiassa, Cadimare, Campiglia, Fabiano Alto/Coregna, Isola di Felettino, Marinasco/Sarbia, Marola, Pitelli, San Venerio/Carozzo
Government
  MayorPierluigi Peracchini (centre-right)
Area
  Total51 km2 (20 sq mi)
Elevation
10 m (30 ft)
Population
 (31 December 2019),[2] "La Spezia 2019" (in Italian)
  Total93,288
  Density1,800/km2 (4,700/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Spezzini
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
19100, 19121–19126, 19131–19139
Dialing code0187
Patron saintSt. Joseph
Saint day19 March
WebsiteOfficial website

La Spezia is the second largest city in the Liguria region, after Genoa. Located roughly midway between Genoa and Pisa, on the Ligurian Sea, it is one of the main Italian military and commercial harbours and a major Italian Navy base. A popular seaside resort, it is also a significant railway junction, and is notable for its museums, for the Palio del Golfo rowing race, and for railway and boat links with the Cinque Terre.