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Savona Visitor information

Tucked away on the northwest coast of Italy, Savona stands on the Riviera del Ponente, the stretch of coast curving eastwards from France. Once heavily industrialised, it’s a better bet today and a good base for the nearby beaches of Albissola. The town itself, well-heeled and bursting with civic pride, focusses round the harbour area and the centro storico. Here, narrow alleys contrast with the elegant Via Pia and Via Paleocapa, a long stretch of porticoed streets that offers upmarket shopping, restaurants and bars. 

Nearby, take in the Museo All About Apple, where over 9,000 Apple Mac products tell the story of this iconic tech brand. Elsewhere, step back in time to admire the massive 16th-century Fortezza del Priamar, the earlier Torretta, the cathedral and art gallery. Near the Cathedral is the Cappella Sistina, built by Pope Sixtus IV, whose full-blown Baroque interior is a riot of stucco, gilding, marble and fresco. Also worth visiting is the splendid Museo della Ceramica, home to a colourful collection of Italian maiolica.

History of Savona

Romans, Lombards, Ostrogoths and Byzantines passed in waves through modern day Savona, all Christian occupiers. By the 11th century it was ruled by a Count Bishop, who led the years-long struggle against the Saracens, Muslim invaders seeking to expand throughout the Mediterranean. It was these Arabs who would succeed in subjugating parts of southern Italy and Portugal and all of Spain. Savona saw them off, and during the 13th century saw the establishment of two important monastic orders in the city, the Dominicans and the Franciscans. The Dominicans are monks, living in communities for work and prayer, and thus building large complexes of church, dormitories, libraries and workshops. Franciscans were founded as an itinerant mendicant order by St Francis of Assisi and had fewer permanent bases, though these were gradually built. 

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