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Savona, Italy

Savona is a seaport and comune in the northern Italian region of Liguria, capital of the Province of Savona, in the Riviera di Ponente on the Mediterranean Sea.
One of the most celebrated former inhabitants of Savona was the navigator Christopher Columbus, who farmed land in the area while chronicling his journeys. 'Columbus's house', a cottage situated in the Savona hills, lay between vegetable crops and fruit trees. It is one of several residences in Liguria associated with Columbus.

Geography

The town is situated 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of Genoa and circa 150 km (93 mi) (east) of Nice, in France, on the western Italian Riviera, between the Ligurian Sea and the Ligurian Alps.

Climate

Savona has a Mediterranean climate (Csa).

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Savona, Italy

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Savona is a seaport and comune in the northern Italian region of Liguria, capital of the Province of Savona, in the Riviera di Ponente on the Mediterranean Sea.
One of the most celebrated former inhabitants of Savona was the navigator Christopher Columbus, who farmed land in the area while chronicling his journeys. 'Columbus's house', a cottage situated in the Savona hills, lay between vegetable crops and fruit trees. It is one of several residences in Liguria associated with Columbus.

Geography

The town is situated 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of Genoa and circa 150 km (93 mi) (east) of Nice, in France, on the western Italian Riviera, between the Ligurian Sea and the Ligurian Alps.

Climate

Savona has a Mediterranean climate (Csa).

The average yearly temperature is around 19 °C (66 °F) during the day and 12 °C (54 °F) at night. In the coldest months: January, February, and December, the average temperature is 11 °C (52 °F) during the day and 5 °C (41 °F) at night. In the warmest month – July and August – the average temperature is 28 °C (82 °F) during the day and 20 °C (68 °F) at night. Generally, a typical summer season lasts about 4 to 6 months, from May/June to September/October. The daily temperature range is limited, with an average range of about 7 °C (45 °F) between high and low temperatures. Rain occurs mainly in autumn, the summers being generally dry. Sunshine hours total above 2,097 per year, from an average 4 hours of sunshine duration per day in winter to average 9 hours in summer. Savona usually sees snow once or twice per year.

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Savona, Italy: Port Information


Cruise ships dock at the Cruise Port located in about 300 m from the center of Savona. You can easily get there on foot over the bridge. 
There's a parking area for buses, taxis, and cars. 

Get around Savona, Italy


The historic center of Savona is relatively small and easily explored on foot. Bus services may be useful for traveling out to the beach.

Bus

  • TPL Linea, ☎ +3901922011, e-mail: posta@tpllinea.it. single (valid for an hour): 1,50 €; day-pass: 2,60 €.

Taxi

  • Radio Taxi Savona, ☎ +39 019 808080. 24 hour service.

What to see in Savona, Italy


Churches
  • The

    Cattedrale dell'Assunta

    (Cathedral of Assunta), built after Genoese demolition of the old cathedral.
  • The Cappella Sistina (Sistine Chapel), adjacent to the Cathedral and built 1480-1483, it containing the Mausoleum erected by the Della Rovere Pope Sixtus IV to honor his parents, Leonardo Della Rovere and Luchina Monleone. The construction was commissioned by Giovanni D'Aria and his brother Michele. The chapel is architecturally similar to the chapel dedicated to the Cardinal Pietro Riario in the Basilica of the Santi Apostoli, Rome. After years of deterioration, in 1765-1767 a reconstruction was ordered by the Genovese Doge Francesco Maria Della Rovere. This updated the chapel in a Rococo style, with a ceiling painted by Paolo Gerolamo Brusco. The Cathedral has a noteworthy 16th-century carved wooden choir seats.
  • The church of Nostra Signora di Castello (Our Lady of the Castle) has a large altarpiece by Vincenzo Foppa and Ludovico Brea painted in 1490.
  • The

    Sanctuary of Nostra Signora della Misericordia

    (Our Lady of Mercy).
Towers and fortress
  • The Torre Leon Pancaldo (Leon Pancaldo Tower), built in the 14th century and also known as "Torretta", is the symbol of the town.
  • The Torre del Brandale (Brandale Tower), also known as Campanassa (Commune tower, where the freedom declaration of Savona was signed in 1191) and towers Corsi and Riario.
  • The

    Priamar fortress

    , built by the Genoese in 1542 after their conquest of Savona, on the area of the old cathedral and old city and later used as a prison and military priso. Inside the fortress, there is the Museum Centre of Priamar.
Palaces and other places of interest
  • The Palazzo Della Rovere (Della Rovere Palace), built by Cardinal Giulio della Rovere (future Pope Julius II) and designed by Giuliano da Sangallo as a university.
  • The Palazzo Gavotti (Gavotti Palace), built in the 15th century. Inside the palace, there is the Art Museum of Palazzo Gavotti that contains the Pinacoteca of Savona, the artwork of Fondazione Museo di Arte Contemporanea Milena Milani in memoria di Carlo Cardazzo and the new Ceramic Museum.
  • The Palazzo Delle Piane (Delle Piane Palace), the most important building in liberty style of Savona.
  • In neighbourhood of Savona remains a house documented as property of Domenico Colombo, father of Christopher Columbus, where they lived for many years (Christopher Columbus lived in Savona for much of his youth).

What to do in Savona, Italy


Events

  • The Carnival, with a parade in the center of the town, the typical costume of Savona is Cicciulin.
  • The Patron saint's festival of Nostra Signora della Misericordia, on 18 March.
  • The Holy Friday, with a spectacular procession in the streets of the city which takes place every two years.
  • The Santa Lucia fair in the central street of Via Paleocapa on 13 December.
  • The Confuoco (in local dialect U Confeugu), it takes place the last Sunday before Christmas in the square of Sisto IV.

What to eat and drink in Savona, Italy


Eat

Traditional Ligurian food is some of the most refined in all of Italy. Tagliatelle is served in various forms here, and torta di verdura is a local specialty, a vegetable pie made with borage and other wild late-winter herbs. Seafood is very popular, as the sea around Liguria is abundant with life. Some typical dishes are:
  • Mushroom pie
  • Mussels stuffed with cheese and herbs
  • Orata (a local fish) cooked with olives and potatoes
  • Gattafin (pasta stuffed with beetroot, onion, and parmesan)
  • Soviore rice pie
Liguria is also the birthplace of pesto sauce.

In all Liguria provinces, there's a speciality called ‘Farinata’, which consists of a thin salty, pie made with chick-pea flour which is cooked in a wood oven, similar to those used for pizza. It’s eaten as antipasto or as a nutritious snack and can be topped with Gorgonzola, onion or Salsiccia.

Drink

White and passito grapes are given to the Cooperativa del Gruppo Di Riomaggiore, a modern organization that has streamlined the winemaking process.

Sciacchetrà is a prestigious dry white wine produced in the Cinque Terre.

Other white wines are Pigato and Vermentino (of which you can also find a variation of in Sardinia) which suffer from a bit from the salty sea climate in which the grapes grow, giving the wine a particular if not unique taste. Red wines are not so common and the only one worth mentioning is Rossese di Dolceacqua.

Shopping in Savona, Italy


Food, clothes, jewelry and accessories, books, art, souvenirs, gifts - Savona offers excellent opportunities for shopping.
You'll find many nice stores in the Old Town.

Safety in Savona, Italy


Liguria is generally a safe region. Just use your common sense as in any other city in the world.

Language spoken in Savona, Italy


Italian is the official language. English is widely spoken.

LOCAL TIME

2:05 pm
December 10, 2018
Europe/Rome

CURRENT WEATHER

7.72 °C / 45.896 °F
sky is clear
Tue

2.13 °C/36 °F
sky is clear
Wed

1.96 °C/36 °F
overcast clouds
Thu

1.63 °C/35 °F
light snow
Fri

-1.55 °C/29 °F
sky is clear

LOCAL CURRENCY

EUR

1 USD = 0.88 EUR
1 GBP = 1.11 EUR
1 AUD = 0.63 EUR
1 CAD = 0.66 EUR

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