Alassio, Province of Savona, Liguria, Italy
In the 11th century the area was under the control of the Benedictine monks of Gallinara and later under the town of Albenga. As a protection against pirate raids the town was surrounded by walls in 1521. Soon after, it came under the control of the Genoese Republic. In 1815 the Congress of Vienna suppressed the Republic of Genoa and assigned Liguria to the Sardinia Kingdom. In the 1960's, when the so-called "economic boom" in Italy was at its highest, Alassio was with Portofino and Sanremo a fashionable destination of the jet-set people. In those years local painter Mario Berrino started the "Muretto di Alassio" a kind of Italian version of Hollywood House of Fame.