Albenga, Province of Savona, Liguria, Italy
This important seaside resort along the "Riviera di Ponente" (Western Riviera) is situated at the estuary of the Centa river, and was strategically important since Roman times, being on the Via Aurelia, one of the main Roman roads.
The commune includes also the Natural Reserve of the island of Gallinara, where existed a monastery dedicated to St Martin from Tours. Albenga occupies one of the very few plain areas of Liguria, where an intensive agriculture is practised, as well as a rich production of flowers.
Altitude: 5 m a.s.l -- Population: ca. 23,000 inhabitants -- Zip/postal code: 17031 -- Phone Area Code: 0182 -- Patron Saint: St Michael Archangel celebrated on 29th September -- Frazioni & Località: Bastia d'Albenga, Campochiesa, Leca, Lusignano, Salea, San Fedele, San Giorgio
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The place was inhabited by a Ligurian population called Ingauni, and its ancient name was Albium Ingaunum, which was later changed to Albingaunum. It was granted a Roman municipium by Julius Caesar in the 1st century BC and under the Roman Empire grew in importance, controlling the whole valley of the Tanaro river. After the fall of the Empire in 476 Ad, it was occupied by the Goths, then by the Byzantines and the Lombards. A legend tells that Albenga was saved from a Saracen raid in the 17th century by an apparition near the small church of Nostra Signora di Pontelungo, and since then the 2nd of July a festivity celebrates the event.
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