Thursday, 17 March 2016

How to enjoy Italy's largest Fair : St. Joseph 's Fair in La Spezia - over 650 stalls and great bargains March 18th -20th

This is an original way to spend a week end in La Spezia , the gate to 5 Terre, 5 -6 hours driving  from Geneva, visiting the St Joseph's Fair, the largest in Italy with over 650 stalls that takes place every year in honor of the Saint patron of the town, this year the Fair takes place from March 18th till March 20th .
It will take almost one full day to see all stalls , it is several kms if you put one after the other. You can find and buy everything at the fair and make great bargain especially in clothes, leather handbags and many other leather items such as jackets, wallets, shoes, all type of household articles , and so on.
view of the stalls

La Spezia waterfront where the Fair is installed

Most stalls sell high quality products , and quite many sell branded clothes at extremely low prices (-50%-70% retail price) because either they come directly from Italian factories or are from the past season.

Many stalls are on the beautiful La Spezia seaside promenade so while you browse for bargains you can also enjoy the view and the sea breeze. 
I would definitively recommend to go there, however if you go plan your trip in advance and ensure you find an hotel in the city center because the Fair paralyzes the town and it's impossible to move around by car.

La Spezia is the starting point to visit 5 Terre so you can spend one day  in town and one day visiting the beautiful 5 villages on the sea, one of the most beautiful Unesco Heritage.

Here is useful addresses: La Spezia Tourist Office  .

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