Our house is located just 3,5 miles from La Spezia, the city have a very nice old town ,a big pedestrian area, full of wine bars, restaurants, local trattoria and a lot fo shops! Absolutely no problem about the parking in the city, there are a lot of parking and some parking places are free. But if you prfer you cal leave the car here and you can take the bus for the city, the city bus stop is just 1000 feet from my house, busses run every 40-50 minutes, all day long.
Our house Locanda del Papa is located in the ancient Commune of Carpena, on the hills that overlook the Cinque Terre, a few feet from the Foce Pass, from where the view extends to La Spezia and the area contained between Portovenere and Lerici called the Gulf of Poets.
There is no problem with parking, since the property is totally enclosed and the access road is entered through a gate.
I know that many of you wish to visit the Cinque Terre. Well, this is a very good place. We are just 3,5 miles from the La Spezia RR Station and the train is the best means of reaching the Cinque Terre (it takes 8 minutes to Riomaggiore and the Via dell'Amore (Lovers Lane).
We are also 4 miles from the embarkation point of the passenger boats that in the summer visit all the towns along the Gulf of Poets and the Cinque Terre.
For those who love to walk, path no. 501 of the Cinque Terre begins at our door. The city bus stop is 1500 feet from our House and the La Spezia RR Station only minutes away (busses run every 40-50 minutes).
By car you can reach many places.
We are 15 km from Monterosso and 20 km from Riomaggiore in the Cinque Terre. La Spezia is very close with its famous naval museum and civic museum Amedeo Lia.
Portovenere, designated by UNESCO in 1997 a World Heritage Site, is only 16 km away from our House.
Lerici, with its enchanted bay and its beaches certified “Bandiera Blu” (Blue Flag) for their cleanliness is only 12 km away.
Tellaro, designated one of the 100 most beautiful small towns of Italy is 4 km from Lerici. It is a walled town dating to 1300 and built upon a cliff that can only be reached on foot (500 meters from the parking area).
Sarzana is 15 km away: the lost city of Sarzana, so named because it was never conquered, with its refined and extraordinary historical center, its antiquarians and artisans.
And then there is the Lunigiana region, with its 30 castles perfectly preserved and many still inhabited.
The Vara Valley has been called the “Organic Valley”, the first in Europe to obtain environmental certification.
And finally, but there could be more, the marble caves of Carrara, with the acclaimed “Lardo di Colonnata” (Lard of Colonnata), and the labors of man engraved in the stone.