EXPERIENCE SAVONA THROUGH THE EYE OF A LOCAL!
Every week thousands of toursists arrive in Savona to leave for a cruise, so I thought: why do not write a guide with some tips to spot the most beautiful corners of the city?
Savona is a small and quiet city, but with a big history behind. A city that have given birth to two Popes, Sisto IV popes and Giulio II, for examples. With an amazing sea, beautiful landscapes surrounded by the Mediterranean Vegetation and wide beaches, Savona is the right place to go!
What are you waiting for then? It’s time to explore the city!
Every week I’m gonna update this article with a new point of interest of my beautiful hometown, in order to make you discover Savona’s most interesting places.
If you come from the cruise terminal you can easily reach every place of interest, so you can just walk towards the downtown.
Let’s start our tour!
A guide to explore my beautiful hometown: Savona
- THE LEON PANCALDO TOWER (“TORRETTA”)
Built in 14th century, the medieval Torre Leon Pancaldo, that locals call the “Torretta” (Little Tower), is the symbol of the town and welcomes visitors in port. In fact, it’s the first thing you see when you reach Savona from the Cruise Terminal. You can see it from the ship as well!
Located at the entrance to the Old Dock, it marks where one of the main streets of old Savona, Via Paleocapa, meets the sea and it formerly belonged to the city defensive walls. Like the square where it stands, is dedicated to Leon Pancaldo, a Savonese navigator who sailed with Magellan on the first circumnavigation of the world. On the façade facing the port it houses a marble statue of Our Lady of Mercy, the patron saint of the city, that gives comfort to all sailors.
Impossible to miss it!
2. THE PRIAMAR FORTRESS
The sixteenth-century fortress is an imposing complex overlooking the sea, that offers unparalleled views of the town and its port. It houses museums (the Archaeological Museum, Renata Cuneo and Sandro Pertini Museum), temporary exhibitions and a modern and internationally renowned conference center. Every summer, a spectacular open air theatre, with a seating capacity of 600 people, is set on the main square Piazzale del Maschio for the town’s summer theatre festival offering a wide series of events, especially music.
Guided tours to the fortress are available on reservation.
3. THE OLD DOCKS
This is the very hearth of the old maritime town and has recently evolved into a modern tourist port and the most popular venue for nightlife in town. Bars, pubs, restaurants and typical home-cooking diners have lately multiplied to eventually make this venue an attraction for both locals and visitors.