A pearl of culture: the Medieval city of Albenga (Liguria)

A pearl of culture: the Medieval city of Albenga (Liguria)
Baptistery and towers

Baptistery and towers

Albenga, in western Liguria, is a city first Roman, then Medieval. It is placed in a vast plain in the middle of a bay with a sandy beach at the mouth of the river Centa. It is a masterpiece not to be missed: its historical center, characterized by houses very closed to each other and many towers, has been preserved almost perfectly.

Piazzetta dei Leoni is the most characteristic square of the city: it takes its name from the three stone lions that the counts Costa, owners of the surrounding buildings, placed here in 1608. In the square also stands a tower incorporated in the Medieval home of the Costa family. If you love architecture and art of Early Christian period, is worth a visit of the baptistery: its beautiful Trinitarian-Christological mosaic is considered one of the most important in northern Italy along with those of Ravenna. Among the churches we suggest the Cathedral of San Michele, with its frescoes and the monumental nineteenth-century organ. Unique is the Medieval bridge Pontelungo 150 meters long, buried today, but under which, up to the thirteenth century, flowed the river Centa. Next, there is the Baroque Sanctuary of the Madonna of Pontelungo: every year on July 2 a great celebration takes place to commemorate the miracle related to the sanctuary, with fireworks, charity lucky dip and a traditional fair.

The unique town of Albenga is waiting for you!

(Photo by Stefano Maccari)

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