The historic city of La Spezia lies on the Italian Riviera. It's the chief Italian naval station but is also known for a recently restored castle and lots of museums. For example, the Fourteenth Century Castello San Giorgio houses the Archaeological Museum Ubaldo Formentini. For more information consult http://mal.spezianet.it/en/index.htm
For a fine, fine-arts museum that includes paintings by Tintoretto and Titian as well as illuminated musical manuscripts viist the Museo Civico Amadeo Lia. For more information consult http://www.liguriatravels.info/ligury/ligury.asp?name=Archaeological%20Museum%20Ubaldo%20Formentini
Of course, if you like cities you must visit Christopher Columbus's birthplace, the port city of Genoa. The city is bursting with fine museums. For example, the Musei statali (National Gallery) of Palazzo Spinola boasts paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck and others. For more information consult http://www.museidigenova.it/spip.php?article645
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his website www.travelitalytravel.com devoted to Italian travel with an accent on fine Italian wine and food. Visit his central wine website www.theworldwidewine.com with weekly reviews of $10 wine and columns devoted to various aspects of wine including wine and food, humor, trivia, organic and kosher wine and lots more.
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