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    Savona: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening

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    Savona is an ancient maritime city located on the Ligurian Riviera di Ponente, with beautiful monuments and a splendid sea also awarded the prestigious Blue Flag. In summer it is particularly crowded, when many Piedmontese and Lombards come to enjoy even just a day at the beach. Perfect for a relaxing weekend away from the confusion of more famous or more expensive destinations, it is also one of the Italian cities with the highest quality of life.


    Index

    1. 11 things to see in Savona in a weekend
    2. What to see in Savona in one day: recommended itinerary
    3. Where to eat in Savona: the best restaurants
    4. What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Savona
    5. Plan your stay in Savona: info and useful tips
    6. User questions and comments

    11 things to see in Savona in a weekend

    1 - Priamar Fortress

    Military complex built in 1542 and expanded over the centuries. It represents one of the most important fortifications on the Italian territory. Always at the center of the historical disputes that affected the city until 1900, it remained in disuse until 1954 when a recovery phase began that led it to be, today, a cultural center and the seat of the archaeological Museum.


    • if you arrive by train or if you decide to park in one of the parking lots adjacent to the station, the best way to get to the fortress is by bus n ° 7 or with the shuttles that arrive at the Palacrociere. The bus ticket costs € 1,50 Get directions
    • times vary from season to season. We invite you to view the official website.
    • full € 4,00 - reduced € 2,00

    2 - Torre del Brandale and Palazzo degli Anziani

    Symbol of the city, is so ancient that even the dating is quite mysterious but indicatively its construction can be placed in the twelfth century. It was part of the defensive walls of the city of Savona and has always played an important role in the defense of the city due to its size. Equipped with a clock and bell, like the civic towers, it is for this reason called the "Campanassa" by the people of Savona. The palace was built on the square near the tower in 1300 to host the Abbot of the People. For the number of exhibits it contains, it is considered a real lapidary museum, with inscriptions, marble reliefs, coats of arms and stone friezes from buildings that have been destroyed over time. On the cornice of the tower there are 12 coats of arms representing the families that have succeeded in leading the city.



    • from Priamar you can reach it by walking only 350 meters in less than 5 minutes. Get directions
    • Tuesday and Wednesday from 8,00 to 13,00 and 18-22; Friday and Saturday: from 8,00 to 13,00 and from 18,00 to 23,00; Sunday from 9,00 to 13,00 and from 18,00 to 22,00
    • free

    3 - Cathedral of Maria Assunta and Sistine Chapel

    Consecrated in 1605 but built on the remains of other buildings of which some remains can still be seen today, the church is the main place of worship in the city. In Baroque style and with a bell tower that was only built in the modern era, inside it is rich in frescoes, works of art of good historical significance from the 1600s and it preserves some relics of San Valentino, patron saint of lovers. Adjacent to the church is a Rococo-style chapel built by Pope Sixtus IV in 1481. Frescoed and with a beautiful internal courtyard, it has recently been restored and is used for round tables and concerts.

    • from Priamar you can reach it by walking only 350 meters in less than 5 minutes. Get directions
    • always accessible
    • free

    4 - Museum of Ceramics

    In the palace of the Monte di Pietà, it is one of the most important ceramic museums in Europe and features an impressive collection of various eras and styles, ranging from Renaissance to Futurism. The museum is spread over four floors and also organizes seminars and educational works to bring new generations closer to this ancient art.



    • from Priamar it is only 600 meters, which can be reached in less than 10 minutes on foot. Get directions
    • Monday and Tuesday only for groups (min. 10 people) from 10:00 to 13:30 and from 15:30 to 18:30; Wednesday and Sunday from 10:00 to 13:30; Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 13:30 and from 15:30 to 18:30.
    • full € 8,00 - reduced € 5,00 - under 18 free

    5 - Civic Art Gallery

    Beautiful collection of paintings and sculptures from 1300 to 1900 arranged on two exhibition levels divided by historical periods. Inside there is also a permanent private collection with works by Magritte, De Chirico, Fontana, Jorn, Dubuffet, Twombly, Man Ray and Picasso. Seven centuries of art that represent the heritage of the city in the beautiful context of Gavotti Palace.

    • from Priamar it is only 600 meters, which can be reached in less than 10 minutes on foot. Get directions
    • Wednesday from 10:00 to 13:30; Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 13:30 and from 15:30 to 18:30; Sunday from 10:00 to 13:30; closed Monday and Tuesday.
    • full € 8,00 - reduced € 5,00 - under 18 free

    6 - Old Dock

    The old dock is the heart of the city, where a thousand activities intertwine with the curiosity of the tourists who visit it. One part is still used as a mooring for fishing boats and another as a tourist port. The quays, the piers and the squares are a meeting place and a walk for the people of Savona and tourists, attracted by the many initiatives promoted both during the day and in the evening.



    • 450 meters separate the Priamar from the Old Dock in just 5 minutes on foot. Get directions
    • always accessible
    • free

    7 - Leon Pancaldo Tower

    Medieval tower from 1392, it was also part of the old city walls like that of Brandale. With a square plan and a powerful presence, it has the particularity of an external fresco of the eighteenth century depicting the coat of arms of the Republic of Genoa. The interior room is full of memorabilia from the Navy.

    • from Priamar it is 500 meters on foot that can be covered in less than 10 minutes. Get directions
    • not visitable internally
    • free

    8 - Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy

    Completed in 1610, this Marian shrine appears to have been built after the apparition of the Madonna to a local farmer. In Mannerist style and full of th century frescoes, the church houses a beautiful statue of Mary Mother of Jesus in the crypt and is considered the spiritual heart of the entire sanctuary. In addition to the basilica, in the complex it is possible to visit a small museum of sacred art and the beautiful garden.

    • in San Bernardo, from Priamar you can get there by bus n ° 3 in about 20 minutes. The bus ticket costs € 2,30 Get directions
    • the sanctuary is always accessible - museum by reservation only (for info visit the official website)
    • full € 4,00 - reduced € 2,00

    9 - Villa Cambiaso

    Villa Cambiaso is one perfectly preserved historic residence in Savona with the frescoed interior and a consecrated chapel where Pope Pius VII used to celebrate mass. In the main entrance there is a fountain attributed to Bernini and the noble floor was the scene of the stop for Benito Mussolini's gala dinner. The rear of the building is surrounded by a beautiful Italian garden of 2500 square meters. Today it is a multipurpose center used for exhibitions and concerts.

    • about 1,4 km separate the Priamar from the villa. It takes 20 minutes on foot and alternatively you can use bus n ° 6 from both the train station and the square in front of the fortress. Get directions
    • accessible only by reservation or for the temporary exhibitions it offers
    • please refer to the official website

    10 - The beaches in the surroundings

    The Savona coast has about 4 km of beaches and offers a wide choice of equipped bathing establishments and free beaches. The beaches are mostly sandy, but it is also possible to meet rocky areas with rocks and the sea is clear and deep. Belle le city ​​beaches di Zinola, della Natarella and delle Fornaci, where you can choose establishments or free beaches and which can be reached on foot or by city buses. If you want to explore the Ligurian coast in a wider way, a short distance away are renowned tourist resorts that offer suggestive views, many services and entertainment. TO Varigotti there is the Baia dei Saraceni and Punta Crena; other distant solutions are Noli e Alassio, respectively 30 and 45 minutes away by car.

    • The ACTS bus lines connect the locations listed with departures from the Savona railway station at a cost of € 2,80 each way. Punta Crena is 20 km away and a 30-minute drive. Noli is 20 km away and 30 minutes by car (Get directions), Alassio is 50 km away and 45 minutes by car (Get directions).
    • always accessible
    • on the Savona coast, tariffs are liberalized, therefore each establishment offers different costs, even if they are fairly homogeneous. Indicatively, for the daily beach services ranging from € 18,00 to € 30,00 per couple for access, umbrella and deckchair.

    11 - Lungomare Matteotti

    Suggestive both in summer and in winter due to the many clubs that follow one another, it represents the favorite walk of the Savona people and tourists who visit the city. Here cultural parties and events are organized and it is one of the favorite places of the Savona nightlife.

    • the seafront is only 800 meters from Priamar, which can be reached in 10 minutes on foot. Get directions
    • always accessible
    • free

    What to see in Savona in one day: recommended itinerary

    • Morning - The advice is to start the day from the Priamar Fortress, which can be reached from the station in a few minutes by bus line 7. The Priamar is accessible both externally and internally and if you decide to visit the museum too, it is advisable to go to the ticket office in the early hours of the morning, nearby there is also the Caffè delle Recluse, perfect for breakfast. From Priamar it takes only a few minutes to get to the Vecchia Darsena, where you can touch the port life of the Savona inhabitants and their close relationship with the sea, and continue to the Leon Pancaldo Tower to admire its imposing silhouette. Among the narrow streets of the center, continue on via Paleocapa until you reach the Museum of Ceramics. For lunch, the Vino e Farinata restaurant near the museum is recommended.
    • Afternoon - After the lunch break (we recommend the Vino e Farinata restaurant) it will take at least a couple of hours to admire the works contained in the Civic Art Gallery and then you can continue the itinerary to the Cathedral and the Sistine Chapel. On the way back you will find the Torre del Brandale, one of the symbolic monuments of Savona, and the Palazzo degli Anziani.
    • Sera - The day is coming to an end, but before returning to the car or to the train station you can stop for dinner in one of the many typical Savona taverns. On the street is the Il Cantuccio restaurant, a typical Ligurian trattoria.

    One day itinerary at a glance

    1. Breakfast at the Caffè delle Recluse, in Corso Giuseppe Mazzini, 1 a stone's throw from the fortress - Get directions
    2. Fortress of Priamar - ticket cost: full € 4,00 - reduced € 2,00
    3. Old Dock
    4. Leon Pancaldo Tower
    5. Museum of Ceramics - ticket cost: full € 8,00 - reduced € 5,00 - under 18 free
    6. Lunch at the Vino e Farinata restaurant - Get directions
    7. Civic Art Gallery - ticket cost: full € 8,00 - reduced € 5,00 - under 18 free
    8. Cathedral
    9. Torre del Brandale and Palazzo degli Anziani
    10. Dinner at Il Cantuccio Restaurant - Get directions

    Where to eat in Savona: the best restaurants

    • Wine and Farinata: restaurant a stone's throw from the cathedral, offers typical Ligurian cuisine based on fresh fish and chickpea wheat fornarine. Average prices.
      Average price per person: € 30,00
      Address and contacts: via Via Pia, 15r Get directions tel: (0039) 0195284360
    • The Cantuccio: simple and informal environment and typical Ligurian home cooking. Excellent first courses and desserts.
      Average price per person: € 25,00
      Address and contacts: via dei Cassari, 14R Get directions tel: (0039) 019813113
    • Towards the Mistral: excellent restaurant, elegant and well-kept, which offers dishes linked to the territory revisited in a creative way. Very fresh fish and a good wine list.
      Average price per person: € 50,00
      Address and contacts: via Calata Sbarbaro, 22R Get directions tel: (0039) 0197700739

    What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Savona

    Savona has a truly varied nightlife with many proposals. The main areas where the nightlife develops are essentially the Lungomare Matteotti and the area of ​​the old port, but also among the streets of the center you can find many clubs for all tastes. Discos, pubs, clubs, restaurants and cinemas are available to those who, after a day at the beach or museums, do not intend to go to bed too early.

    The best pubs, clubs and discos

    • Luck: disco overlooking the sea, has three tracks and offers commercial, techno and Latin music depending on the evenings. Address: via Roma, 115 Get directions - Facebook page
    • The Oveja Negra: famous cocktails club in the city, offers background music or live music for evenings away from too much confusion. Open late. Address: piazza dei Consoli, 1 / R Get directions - Facebook page
    • La Tana del Luppolo: brewery pub with a large selection of international, national and artisanal products. Reference point for beer lovers. Address: via del molo 12r Get directions - Facebook page

    Plan your stay in Savona: info and useful tips

    • the reference airport for Savona is that of Genoa, which is 47 km away. From the airport a shuttle bus connects the Genoa railway station every 20 minutes at a cost of € 1,20 and from there you can take regional trains to Savona. By car from Rome it is 557 km that can be covered in about 6 hours on the highway; from Milan it is 180 km for 2 hours and 30 minutes of travel; from Bologna it is 340 km that can be covered in 3 hours and 40 minutes. By train from Rome it takes about 8 hours of travel for a minimum amount of € 39,95; from Milan it takes 3 hours and 40 minutes for a cost of € 15,65; from Bologna it takes 5 hours and 30 minutes at a cost of € 25,75. Savona is also connected to the main Italian cities by the Flixbus bus company with fares starting from € 9,90.
    • Getting around: the historic center of Savona, where most of the attractions are concentrated, is quite small and can be easily explored on foot. The train station is almost two kilometers away, so if you arrive by train or park there, it is advisable to take bus n ° 7 to the fortress - Piazza Gramsci stop - and then continue the itinerary on foot.
    • Where to park: parking near the railway station in via Walter, 5 (Get directions) offers flat rates based on the duration of parking. Arsenale car park in via Impastato (Get directions) with rates from € 1,5 per hour. Parking Blu in via dei Partigiani, 19 (Get directions) closer to the center, with rates from € 1,5 per hour.
    • Hotel and b & b starting from € 57,00 per room -
    • What to see in the surroundings: Caves of Toirano (35 km - 40 minutes) - Genoa (56 km - 60 minutes) - Noli (20 km - 20 minutes) - Borgio Verezzi (28 km - 28 minutes) - Finale Ligure (20 km - 25 minutes).
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