A challenge not to be missed
The "Palio del Golfo" has its roots in the maritime culture of the people of the Gulf, this is held every year on the first Sunday in August in the sea off the city of La Spezia. 13 boats, similar to the "national fishing boat" made by hand, challenge each other, trying to excel and set a new record.
Born, probably with impromptu challenges between work boats' crews loaded with fish or ancient "black gold" of La Spezia Gulf: mussels or "muscles" as they are better known around the arch of the Gulf. The challenges were very important as the victory was not just a sporting victory but could allow off-loading priorities at the dock of the fish or of the transported product, thereby increasing the possibility of gain or anyway allowing you to enjoy a little well-earned rest first.
Even today, it is lived with passion by all citizens, and especially by the inhabitants of modern surrounding area, renowned neighbourhoods and villages - which face the sea: Portovenere, Le Grazie, Fezzano, Cadimare, Marola, CRDD (Recreational Defense Employees Circle), Canaletto , Fossamastra, Muggiano, San Terenzo, Venere Azzurra, Lerici and Tellaro.