Seaport City in the Beautiful Liguria Region
Savona Italy is a city in the northwestern part of the country. It lies in the west part of the Liguria region and is the capital of the province of Savona - in the Riviera di Ponente which is situated on the Mediterranean Sea. The town is located twenty-five miles west of Genoa and ninety-three miles east of Nice, France. With its Mediterranean climate and an average temperature of 18 °C, Savona rarely sees snow and is a year-round destination. Savona was a former powerhouse in the iron industry long ago. As well, famous explorer Christopher Columbus called Savona home for a time. In fact, he had several residences in the area. Let’s investigate all there is to see and do in Savona Italy.
Popular Spots in Savona Italy
- Churches - There are quite a few churches of note to visit in Savona. The first is the Cathedral of Assunta which holds the artifacts of Saint Valentine. Savona even has its own Sistine Chapel. The Capella Sistina is next to the cathedral and was built in 1483. The wooden choir seats that were hand carved in the sixteenth century are a notable feature of this structure. Other churches to visit include Our Lady of the Castle and the Sanctuary of Nostra Signora della Misericor.
- Fortress - The Priamar Fortress is also worth a visit. This structure was built in 1542 and housed prisoners back in the day. Today you can visit here and also stroll through the Archaeological Museum that is housed here. After that, be sure to visit the La Torretta clock tower and the Ghibelline tower. As well, one of the houses where Christopher Columbus lived is just a couple of miles out of the city, but well worth the trip.
- Harbour & Beach - If it is outdoor spaces you seek, take a stroll down at the harbour and visit the beach in Savona. They are both within walking distance of the city centre, and that is very rare for an Italian city. At the harbour, you can take in everything from exotic yachts to charming fishing boats. You can also view the city’s historical sites from a distance here and get an authentic Italian coffee from one of the cafes. The beach on Corso Vittorio Veneto is a great place to relax and unwind after a busy day of sightseeing if the weather is warm.
No matter what you choose to see and do in Savona Italy, you’ll want to add this gem of an Italian city to your travel plans and explore it for yourself!
Savona Map & Train Tips
When travelling in and out of the city, the Savona railway station provides the convenience of railway service to this bustling seaport commune in the Liguria region. The station was originally opened in 1977 and has been serving travellers in the Italian Northwest since then. It is situated in the Mongrifone district near the Piazza Aldo Moro.
From here you can take a Eurocity, Intercity and/or Regional train to other great locations like Genoa, Turin, Aosta, Milan and other European cities in France and Switzerland. Check the schedules and options to see which one appeals to you. You can buy your ticket online in advance or at the station when you travel, whichever you prefer. Below is a Savona map to help you with trip planning. Refer to the Italy train map for an overall glimpse of the country's railway system.
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