La Spezia Celebrates the 450th San Giuseppe Fair

La Spezia & The St. Joseph Fair 2015

Italy's Largest Fair Draws Vendors from Every Region

This year's edition of the Fiera di San Giuseppe in La Spezia is coming up. This is one of the largest fairs in Europe and it's 'in the DNA of every Spezzino'. This year there are more than 630 vendors coming from all over Italy and some from France, taking up more than 15,000 sq. meters. Over 150 vendors will offer clothing, but more importantly about 57 will offer porchetta! There will be exotic fruit at lots of stands, but only a few will offer wrought iron - go figure.

Many other activities are available besides the vendors - such as concerts and tours organized by Istituzione per i Servizi Culturali. Many are oriented toward kids, but early info is scarce. To give you an idea, there's a schedule below that was released last year just before the Fair started. In past years, one very popular feature has been the opening of the Arsenale Militare Marittimo (Naval Arsenal) for one day, as it is the home port of the Italian tall ship Amerigo Vespucci. We were again unable to confirm this year's opening, but it has happened regularly and would likely occur on Saturday or Sunday.

Hotel Recommendations · Portovenere Lerici La Spezia

Explore the Cinque Terre by Ferry Boat and Avoid the Crowds 

Guide to the Towns & Our Hotel Selections on the Gulf of the Poets  

The big question for a Cinque Terre vacation is Where to Stay? You can visit the Cinque Terre villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza and Monterosso while you stay in a charming seaside town without the crowd worry. There are several lovely seaside towns a short, beautiful ferry ride away. To help you plan your visit, here's a quick summary of three communities around the Gulf of La Spezia: Portovenere, Lerici, and La Spezia. For each town we recommend some hotels with a short description to help you narrow the choices. There are links to helpful articles along with each town and below in More Info. You'll really enjoy this area of Italy; we know because we've been coming to this part of Liguria for 25 years. See About Us & Disclosure below.

Camogli to San Fruttuoso Ferry Boats with Recco & Portofino

Camogli Travel Guide with Boat Schedules & Prices 

Connect to Portofino, Santa Margherita, Rapallo and Portofino National Park. 

Camogli San Fruttuoso Ferry Times /  Battelli, Traghetti Orari 2015 /  Fähre Zeitplan 2015

Camogli, Liguria, Italy. Oratorio of San Prospero.
Camogli. Oratorio of San Prospero.

Whether you are hiking or sightseeing, a boat trip along the scenic Liguria coast will insure a memorable vacation visit. One good excursion is from Camogli to San Fruttuoso Abbey. Below is all the tourist information you need for this and other boat trips on the north side of the Portofino peninsula using regular (no reservation) ferry boat service. These ferry boats connect the port of Recco and the port of Camogli to Punta Chiappa hikes, San Fruttuoso Abbey, and the village of Portofino on boats operated by Golfo di Paradiso Trasporti.

You can easily connect to the south side of the peninsula (Rapallo, Santa Margherita, Portofino) at San Fruttuoso and enjoy the fabulous ferry trip to Portofino and Santa Margherita. These routes are covered by our article on SMT ferries: Link: Portofino Ferry Boat Schedules from Rapallo and Santa Margherita.

The Blue Line ferry boats operate between Recco & Camogli to Punta Chiappa & San Fruttuoso.

The Green Line is an excursion originating in Genoa that allows a round trip from Recco & Camogli to Portofino via San Fruttuoso. (Typically a Camogli to Portofino trip is made by changing boat lines at San Fruttuoso).

Italian Airports - Official English Websites & Car Rental Links

 Airport-Authorized Car Hire Links in English

Italy Airport Connections by Bus, Taxi, Train, and Car.

 Airport Driving Directions, Parking, Rates. 

Listed first are Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa, then the next busiest 20 airports alphabetically: Alghero, Bari, Bergamo, Bologna, Brescia, Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Florence (Firenze), Lamezia Terme, Milan Linate, Naples (Napoli), Olbia, Palermo, Pisa, Rome Ciampino, Trapani, Treviso, Turin (Torino), Verona, Venice (Venezia).

Independent Car Rental Reviews for Italy.

Best & Worst Car Hire Companies in Italy

Your Fellow Travelers Give Advice on the Best Italian Car Rental Deals

Driving in Italy is not difficult or dangerous for an experienced driver, but renting a car sure is! If you only search for 'cheap car rental' and comparison price websites, you can end up with a wreck of a car and bogus credit card charges. Some major travel websites don't identify which car rental companies they present to you.

Car Rental Tips for Italy - Pick It Up Right

Independent Advice to Avoid Car Hire Scams

You are going to have a great trip to Italy. To make sure, here are some tips and tricks so you can avoid some of the most frequent traveler complaints about renting cars in Italy. If you just search for cheap car hire prices, you might get hit with expensive unfair credit card charges after the rental is over. The worst problems can be avoided by the savvy renter when the car is picked-up.