Spring Break 2018 in the Gulf of Poets

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2018 Spring Events in Portovenere, Cinque Terre and around Liguria

If you are planning your Spring Break 2018 vacations in the Italian Riviera, particularly around the Bay of La Spezia (Gulf of Poets) between Cinque Terre and Tuscany, here are some events that you cannot miss. The months between March and June feature some interesting events spanning from sports to culture, from gastronomy to sailing, from wellbeing to kids’ education & entertainment. If you want 3 Reasons why to choose the Bay of La Spezia as your next Spring Destination, have a look at this article “Spring Activities in the Gulf of Poets“.


Wellbeing in Portovenere. In Italy, March is known as “marzo pazzerello” (kind-of-crazy March), because occasional rains welcome the arrival of the sunny days and blue skies of spring. Luckily, if you are visiting the Gulf of Poets towards the end of March you don’t need to worry about the spring showers as you can enjoy some quality time indoors at Portovenere Wellness. The spa reopens on 26 March and offers you a gym, a humid area with hot tub and sauna, as well as beauty and wellness treatments.

cinque terre wellness spa portovenere


Easter for Foodies in Portovenere. Palmaria Restaurant proposes a special menu for Easter Sunday on 1 April 2018.   You can book your table by contacting or +39 0187 790570. In 2017, Palmaria Restaurant was officially recognized by the Italian Celiac Association as the first gluten-free restaurant in Portovenere.

Music in La Spezia. Diodato “Uto” Ughi will perform in La Spezia’s Teatro Civico on 6 April 2018. The maestro and violinist will be accompanied by pianist Andrea Bacchetti in an exceptional concert to present “European Notes”, a concert featuring emblematic masterpieces by composers from seven European countries. Uto Ughi is considered one of Italy’s greatest living violinists and is also active in the promotion of classical music in today’s culture.

uto ughi concert spezia

Geography for Children in Levanto. The second edition of “Festival delle Geografie” will take place from 6 to 8 April 2018 in the province of La Spezia, specifically in the towns of Levanto, Bonassola and Framura. It is the only festival dedicated to geography in Italy, and it is dedicated to the illustrious mapmaker Matteo Vinzoni, born and raised between Bonassola and Levanto in the XVIII century. The event includes artistic labs in which young artists sculpt materials that define a territory, such as olive tree wood, white and red marble, and slate; exhibitions of historic maps and geopolitical photographs from the Palazzo Ducale di Genova; boat and bike excursions.

Near the Gulf of Poets: Davis Cup in Genoa. The Davis Cup is the premier international team event in men’s tennis. It will take place from 6 to 8 April 2018 at Valletta Cambiato in Genoa. The last time that Liguria’s capital hosted this tournament was in 2009, when Roger Federer and his team won against Italy.

Vintage Cars in Portovenere and Lerici. Portovenere is part of an extraordinary journey along the thousand-year old roads of Matilde di Canossa, Queen of Italy in the 12th Century. On 20 April 2018, the “Terre di Canossa – International Classic Cars Challenge” will pass by Portovenere at lunch time and later in Lerici around 5:30pm.

“Astrid Kirchherr with the Beatles” from 15 April to 17 June at Fondazione Carispezia (via D. Chiodo 36, La Spezia). Through Kirchherr’s photos, the exhibition features the history of The Beatles early years in Hamburg, the so called “Hamburg Days”. The German photographer, who was a student at the time and the assistant of the famous photographer Reinhard Wolf, first met The Beatles in 1960 at the Kiserkeller club where the young English bands used to play for little money. Kirchherr not only took photos of the band when it was still at its beginnings, but also deeply influenced the style of The Beatles introducing them to the existentialist art and literature.

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History for Children in Portovenere. On 12 May 2018, children will have the opportunity to visit the Roman Villa of Varignano. The initiative called “Kid Pass Days” proposes a guided visit to the archeologic beauty and a didactic lab for young visitors. Dating as far back as the I century B.C., Villa Romana del Varignano was initially a rustic complex for the production of olive oil, and then turned into a residential country house until the VI century. Today it hosts an archeologic museum.

roman villa varignano

Vintage Cars in Sarzana. The prestigious Mille Miglia race for classic and vintage cars will pass by Sarzana on 18 May 2018. Enzo Ferrari defined it as “the only traveling museum in the world”. Beautiful cars from 72 different manufacturers will cross 200 art cities in 7 regions from Brescia to Rome, and back. Some VIPs will also participate in the parade, such as former Formula 1 pilot Jochen Mass and rally world champion Walter Rohrl.


Vintage Sailboat Regatta in La Spezia

La Spezia will host 2 of the races in the official calendar of the International Mediterranean Committee, which promotes and protects classic yachting and vintage boats. The first appointment is in spring on 9 and 10 June, while the second one will be in autumn on 22-23 September (Trofeo Mariperman).

sailing regatta spezia bay poets

Will you be traveling to the Gulf of Poets and Cinque Terre for your Spring Break?

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