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About La Spezia


Venue - NATO Centre for Marine Research & Experimentation (CMRE)

Maps and pics

The joint DA/OSEval-TT workshop will take place at the CMRE which is located in La Spezia, Italy.

Previously known as NATO Undersea Research Centre (NURC), the Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) is a scientific research and experimentation NATO facility that organizes and conducts scientific research and technology development, centered on the maritime domain, to address defense and security needs of the Alliance. It is an executive body of NATO's Science and Technology Organization (STO).

For further information about accommodation and hotels please check at bottom of this page.


La Spezia and surrounding area

La Spezia and surrounding areas The history of La Spezia goes back to ancient times. Its history is closely intertwined with that of Genoa, up to the fall of the Ligurian Republic. The town of La Spezia has undergone an extraordinary development since the second half of the 19th century, when the building of the great Naval Arsenal radically changed its destiny and appearance. La Spezia represents the ideal place to start discovering this wonderful part of Italy. The enchanting panorama and the mild climate of the Gulf of La Spezia, with Lerici and Portovenere at its farthest ends, and its charming Riviera have captivated many poets and writers. Byron, Shelley, and Goethe were among them, and for this reason the Gulf is also known as the Gulf of the Poets. The province of La Spezia covers the Ligurian coastal region called Cinque Terre, five tiny villages in a “man made landscape between sky and sea”, which is part of the UNESCO world heritage and today also National Park and Marine Protected Area. Luni, an antique Roman village, and the historical town of Sarzana, famous for its forts dating from the middle ages and antique shops, are only eight kilometres away. The mediaeval castles and villages of Lunigiana, the Tuscan wonders of Carrara, Pisa, Lucca and Portofino are few kilometres away. La Spezia is 30 minutes by bus from Lerici (either “L” or “S” routes to “Fossitermi” depart every 15 minutes).

Lerici and San Terenzo Area

There are many marvellous things to do and lots of good restaurants in the Lerici and San Terenzo area. A great La Spezia custom is to visit the seaside on the weekend to walk along the 2.5 km long promenade between Lerici and San Terenzo.

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

You can usually best visit the Cinque Terre by reaching them from the sea. However, boat trips to the famous five villages built into the side of the cliffs leave Lerici (from Piazza Garibaldi, the large piazza near the castle) will not be running during the dates of the meetings. A visit of Cinque Terre towns using the train is feasible year round. For more information on the Cinque Terre visit: http://www.cinqueterreonline.com/


Sarzana is a modern town built around a large (pedestrian only) mediaeval centre. There are many places to visit displayed on well-marked maps and signs as well as lots of interesting small shops. The “S” route to Ospedale departs every half hour and takes a half hour. There is a large market in the piazza and nearby streets every Thursday from 0900-1600.


Carrara is famous for its marble quarries in the Apuan Alps. The Carrara marble shine is unique. Michelangelo himself chose it for masterpieces such as David and the Pietà. Carrara is 30 minutes east of Lerici by car.


This city was founded in 180 B.C. to defend the surrounding territory from the violent conflicts between Ligurians and Romans. Within its walls the town displays the finest mediaeval treasures. The centre is relatively unspoilt and is sprinkled with palazzi, towers and almost countless splendid churches. The surrounding hills produce some excellent wines and one of the finest olive oils. Lucca is only an hour by car from Lerici or 1.5 hours by bus and then train from Sarzana. Visit the website http://www.knowital.com/html/homepage_for_knowital._lucca.php.


An open-air exhibition of art and culture, Florence is famous worldwide as the heart of the Renaissance period and the home of fine arts and literature. You can admire the statue of David by Michelangelo, Ponte Vecchio, and Giotto’s bell tower amongst others. Florence is only two hours from Lerici by car or by bus and train from Sarzana.




By air

The closest airport to La Spezia and Lerici is Pisa, Galileo Galilei Airport, which is 90 Kilometres away. Pisa Airport is connected to Milan and Rome by regular domestic flights. Genoa, Cristoforo Colombo Airport is 120 Kilometres away and Florence is 170 Kilometres away. Most transatlantic flights usually land in Milan Malpensa (250 Km) or Rome Fiumicino (450 Km).

By rail

For specific information, check the official Italian Railway website: http://www.trenitalia.com. Make sure to validate your ticket at a platform machine BEFORE boarding your train. Note that Lerici is not linked directly by train; the nearest railway stations are in La Spezia and Sarzana (both about 10 Kilometres away from Lerici).

Florence Airport Trains - Take a shuttle bus to the main train station (Florence Santa Maria Novella), where there are frequent trains to La Spezia. The train ride is 1.5 to 2.5 hours.

Genoa Airport Trains - Take a shuttle bus to the train station (Genova Principe), where there are frequent trains to La Spezia. The train ride is 1.5 to 2.5 hours.

Milan Airports Trains –There are three airports; Malpensa, Linate, Bergamo. Take a shuttle bus or train to Milan Central Station (Milano Centrale), where there are frequent trains to La Spezia. Shuttles from each airport are very frequent (every 30 minutes) and take about 30 minutes. The train to La Spezia takes is frequent and takes three (3) hours.

Pisa Airport Trains - Pisa is a smaller airport but many European low budget airlines use it and it is the closest airport to La Spezia. To train travel from Pisa to La Spezia is convenient. Please check https://www.trainline.eu/train-times/pisa-centrale-to-la-spezia-centrale for train times and ticket prices.

By Public Transportation or by taxi

The bus from La Spezia railway station runs in direction Sarzana Ospedale (S route), or the bus direction Lerici (L route), every 15 minutes during the day. It takes about 45 minutes to get to Lerici. Bus tickets for zone 3 (around 2.50 €) can be purchased at the “Tabacchi” newsagent inside the railway station, or on the bus (more expensive). The bus website is located at: http://www.atcesercizio.it/index.php?lang=en The taxi ride from La Spezia central railway station, or from Sarzana railway station, to Lerici takes about 20 minutes and costs 30+ Euros. Tipping is not included and is discretional.

By car

Rental cars are available at all airports. La Spezia can be easily reached by motorway called Autostrade. You will have to pay the toll as you exit the motorway. Major credit cards are accepted, however cash will always come in handy. We recommend you exit the Autostrade at Sarzana (not La Spezia), and follow the road signs to Lerici.



La Spezia mapMap of La Spezia and Lerici - click on map to enlarge

Hotel info is located at http://www.cmre.nato.int/index.php/about-cmre/visitor-information. Please note that hotel reservations are the sole responsibility of attendees. CMRE will NOT be responsible for making any hotel reservations.

For your convenience CMRE has arranged room-blocks in serveral hotels in the Lerici area. To book a room at the special rate we are providing a booking code. Please contact the programme office for further details. They are all in the Lerici area so the bus will be organised from the main square except for the Florida and Cristallo where we can arrange a direct pick up. 

Room-blocks have been aranged at the follwoing hotels:

DORIA PARK HOTEL Via Doria 2 - 19032 Lerici (SP)
Doria and Europa: Breakfast included and 1 night penalty if no show. Can cancel free of charge till one day before.

Tel.: 0187.967124 - fax: 0187.966459
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.doriaparkhotel.it

Single €85, double €125, triple €165 back view
Single €100, double €140, triple €180 garden view
Single €120, double €160, triple €200 sea view

Junior Suite:
Single €160, double €200, triple €240

EUROPA GRAND HOTEL Via Carpanini, 1 - 19032 Lerici (SP)
Tel. (+39) 0187/967800 - fax: (+39) 0187.965957
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.europahotel.it

Single €80, double €120, triple €160

Single €90, double €130, triple €210

Single 110, double €150, triple €190, quadruple €230

HOTEL FLORIDA LERICI Lungomare Biaggini 35, 19032 LERICI (SP)
Tel. +39-0187-967332 - fax: +39-0187-967344
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.hotelflorida.it

Single €90 incl breakfast

HOTEL SHELLEY E DELLE PALME, Lungomare Biaggini, 5 - Lerici
Tel. +39/ 0187 968204 - Fax +39/0187 964271
Email [email protected]
Website: www.hotelshelley.it

Single €80 incl breakfast

Reserve option:

HOTEL CRISTALLO, Via Fiascherino, 158, 19032 Fiascherino Lerici (SP)
Tel: 39/0187 – 967291 – Fax 39/0187-964269
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.albergo-cristallo.it

€70-90 (depending on view/balcony), incl. breakfast