Savona Province
Savona Province
Finale Ligure - Photo: Mattia Cicale
Province of Savona, Liguria

Savona Province

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The province of Savona borders the province of Imperia to the west, the region of Piedmont to the north and the province of Genoa to the east with the final border to the south east being the sea.
Savona Province
Province of Savona, Liguria
With a mild climate all year round and beautiful towns and villages the province of Savona is an excellent area in which to live or holiday in any season. The coastline has natural rocky inlets and promontories all of which are interspersed with long, wide sandy beaches. Just offshore there are two islands Bergeggi and Gallinara, both of which are protected nature reserves.

Inland the terrain quickly becomes hilly and then mountainous creating a beautiful and colourful panorama. The hills are heavily forested and fertile providing the area with fruit, vegetables, olives and grapes. More unusual vegetables are grown here due to the warm climate and the province is famous for the local delicacies of spiny artichokes, trumpet courgettes, violet asparagus and ox-heart tomatoes. The province of Savona is also famous for its farinata flatbread which is cooked in brass pans in wood fired bread ovens. The main ingredient of this bread is chickpeas which are also used to the traditional panissa which was made extensively in the province during times of poverty.

Savona
Once one of the major centres in Italy for iron, ship building, rail workshops, engineering and brass, Savona is the capital city of the province of Savona in the region of Liguria. Savona has a large port accomodating both commercial traffic and cruise liners as well as providing a large marina for pleasure craft. On arriving at the port Savona appears to be a large, sprawling, modern city but the medieval centre reveals a graceful, elegant city which is a pleasure to wander around. There are plenty of good bars, restaurants and other facilities and although it is serene and tranquil by day it comes alive at night.

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The Port of Savona - Photo: Jonathan Pellicano
The city has a cathedral, Cattedrale dell'Assunta, which is joined to the Cappella Sistina (Sistine Chapel) which contains a mausoleum constructed by Della Rovere Pope Sixtus IV in honour of his parents. Two other churches worth visiting are the Nostra Signora di Castello and the Sanctuary of Nostra Signora della Misericordia. There are several towers and fortresses including Torre Leon Pancaldo which is the symbol of the city, torre de Brandale and the Priamar Fortress. Some of the more beautiful buildings in this city include Palazzo Delle Rovere, Palazzo Gavotti and Palazzo delle Piane which is an important example of the liberty style of architecture. Christopher Columbus lived in Savona where he spent time farming his land and recording his journeys. His house is situated in the middle of agricultural land in the hills behind the city.

Alassio
The beaches and coastline here are among the best in Liguria making it a popular summer destination. It remains a tourist attraction during the winter months due to its well known health resorts. There is a small port and the main part of the town centre is pedestiansed by a cobbled street called the Budello. Other than a Saracen Tower and the Palazzo Ferrero de Gubernatis Ventimiglia one of the biggest attractions here in Alassio is the Muretto. The Muretto is a wall which is covered with well over 500 ceramic tiles, each one signed by a celebrity.

Savona Province
Alassio - Photo: Incola
Albenga
Albenga has been nicknamed 'city of a hundred spires' due to the large number of towers and spires in the historical centre. As well as being an excellent resort town with over 4 kilometres of sandy beach and a 3 kilometre long promenade, Albenga is a significant historical town.

The main sites within this beautiful town centre are:
  • Cattedrale di San Michele Arcangelo - originally built at the end of the 4th century this cathedral has undergone many restorations, the last major reconstruction taking place in the 12th century. Within its interior are many important sculptures, paintings and other works of art
  • Babtistery - this is just to the side of the cathedral and has a 5th century ocatagonal interior
  • Old Bishop's Palace - next to the Baptistery this 11th century building is the seat of the local bishop and home to the Holy Art Museum
  • Old City Palace - built in the early 14th century it once housed the jail and the council offices. It still has the large bell which chimes every time there is a council meeting to call the citizens to the new town hall
  • There are some ancient remains, including a Roman amphitheatre and the remains of several important buildings
  • Near to the town is Pontelungo (long bridge) which is the only documented medieval bridge
Finale Ligure
With its palm-lined seafront, white sand beaches, clear blue sea and spectacular views Finale Ligure is a breathtaking seaside resort in the province of Savona. It is located at the foot of and partly up the side of a steep limestone mountain called the Rock of Caprazoppa. The whole town is open, colourful and full of all the things you would expect from a holiday on the Italian Riviera. Endless rows of good, affordable restaurants and bars, sunny piazzas, beautiful buildings, stylish shops and of course sun, sea and sand.

Finale Ligure has three castles, Castel San Giovanni which is a 17th century Spanish fort, Castel Gavone and Castello Vuillermin which is now a youth hostel.

Savona Province
Castle Gavone, Finale Ligure - Photo: France74
There is a Basilica with a bell tower and several churches of architectural interest.

There are many more lovely, small holiday resorts running along this stretch of coastline such as Andora, Loana, Pietra Ligure, Varigotti, Spotorno, Varazze and Andora.

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Varezze beach - Photo: Rollopack


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    • Area: 5,420 km²
      Population: 1.6m
      Density: 297/km²
      Capital: Genoa

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        Campo Ligure
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        Ne
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        Rocchetta di Vara
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        Varese Ligure
        Vernazza
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        Altare
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        Cengio
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        Finale Ligure
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        Nasino
        Noli
        Onzo
        Orco Feglino
        Ortovero
        Osiglia
        Pallare
        Piana Crixia
        Pietra Ligure
        Plodio
        Pontinvrea
        Quiliano
        Rialto
        Roccavignale
        Sassello
        Savona
        Spotorno
        Stella
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        Testico
        Toirano
        Tovo San Giacomo
        Urbe
        Vado Ligure
        Varazze
        Vendone
        Vezzi Portio
        Villanova d’Albenga
        Zuccarello
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Liguria Climate (Genoa)
  High Low Sun Rain
Jan 11 2 3 55
Feb 12 3 4 53
Mar 14 4 5 63
Apr 18 7 6 55
May 22 11 8 35
Jun 26 15 9 44
Jul 29 17 10 34
Aug 29 17 9 54
Sep 25 14 7 61
Oct 21 11 6 74
Nov 16 8 4 71
Dec 12 3 3 77
Table Key:
High - Average monthly high temperatures
Low - Average monthly low temperatures
Sun - Average hours of sunshine per day
Rain - Average monthly rainfall in mm
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