Savona, Province of Savona, Liguria, Italy

Savona is a seaport in the Ligurian Riviera di Ponente on the Mediterranean Sea.

It used to be one of the chief seats of the Italian iron industry, with iron-works and foundries, shipbuilding, railway workshops, engineering shops, brass foundry.


Altitude: 3 m a.s.l -- Population: about 62,000 inhabitants in 2011 -- Zip/postal code: 17100 -- Phone Area Code: 019 -- Patron Saint: Nostra Signora della Misericordia celebrated on festivo 18 March -- Frazioni & Località: Bosco delle Ninfe, Ciantagalletto, Ciatti, Cimavalle, Concaverde, Galleria Ranco, Madonna del Monte, Maschio, Montemoro, Naso di Gatto, San Bartolomeo al Bosco, San Bernardo in Valle, Santuario


Savona is the Roman Savo of the Ingauni, where, according to Livy, Mago stored his booty in the Second Punic War. The place was outshone in importance in Roman times by the harbor at Vada Sabatia (Vado),from which a road diverged across the Apennines to Placentia. In 1191 the commune of Savona bought out the territorial claims of the feudal lords, the marchesi Del Carretto.

Its whole history is that of a long struggle against Genoa. As early as the 12th century the Savonese built themselves a sufficient harbour, but in the 16th century the Genoese, fearing that Francis I of France intended to make it a great seat of Mediterranean trade, rendered it useless by sinking at its mouth vessels filled with large stones. In 1746 Savona was captured by the king of Sardinia, but it was restored to Genoa by the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle.

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Province of Savona
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