Welcome to Savona, a beautiful seaport and comune located in the west part of the northern Italian region of Liguria. This charming city is the capital of the Province of Savona and is situated in the Riviera di Ponente on the Mediterranean Sea. Savona is the main center of the Italian Riviera and is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Italy.
Savona has a rich history and is known for being the former home of the famous navigator Christopher Columbus. Columbus farmed land in the area while chronicling his journeys and his house, a cottage situated in the Savona hills, is one of several residences in Liguria associated with Columbus.
The city has a number of beautiful churches that are worth visiting, including the Cattedrale dell’Assunta (Cathedral of the Assumption), which kept the relics of Saint Valentine, and the church of Nostra Signora di Castello (Our Lady of the Castle), which has a large altarpiece by Vincenzo Foppa and Ludovico Brea painted in 1490. The Sanctuary of Nostra Signora della Misericordia (Our Lady of Mercy) is also a popular attraction.
Savona is also home to a number of impressive towers and fortresses, including the Torre Leon Pancaldo (Leon Pancaldo Tower), which is the symbol of the town, and the Priamar fortress, which was built by the Genoese in 1542 after their conquest of Savona and was later used as a prison and military prison. Inside the fortress, there is the Museum Centre of Priamar.
In addition to its historical attractions, Savona has a number of beautiful palaces and museums, including the Palazzo Della Rovere (Della Rovere Palace), which was built by Cardinal Giulio della Rovere (future Pope Julius II) and designed by Giuliano da Sangallo as a university, and the Palazzo Gavotti (Gavotti Palace), which contains the Pinacoteca of Savona, the artwork of Fondazione Museo di Arte Contemporanea Milena Milani in memoria di Carlo Cardazzo, and the Ceramic Museum.
Savona is also known for its beautiful climate, which is a borderline humid subtropical (Cfa) and 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 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 (13 °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.
Savona is a wonderful destination for anyone looking to experience the beauty and history of Italy. Whether you’re interested in exploring the city’s many churches and museums, or simply relaxing on its beautiful beaches, there’s something for everyone in Savona. So why not book your trip today and discover all that this enchanting city has to offer?