Culture

The Ligurian Riviera is also a nerve centre for history, art and culture, to be discovered both in the area’s museums and in the open air, through guided tours in villages and towns but also along inland trails.

Churches

Duomo of Savona

The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, known as Savona Cathedral, was built in 1605 to replace the old building destroyed by Andrea Doria after the occupation of the city by the Genoese. The interior consists of three naves and the walls are decorated with valuable paintings and sculptures. The tabernacle in the shape of a small temple is the work of the Jesuit Grassi, who designed it based around the one built in the Gesù Church in Rome.

Cappella Sistina - Savona

The Sistine Chapel in Savona was commissioned by Pope Sixtus IV based on the Roman model and intended as a funerary chapel for his parents, Leonardo Della Rovere and Luchina Monteleone. It is part of the Cathedral’s Monumental Complex, together with the Cathedral, the Treasury Museum and the Apartment of Pope Pius VII. The main façade is in the Gothic style, the interior of the chapel is now frescoed in the Rococo style and the most important decorations in the chapel were entrusted to the D’Aria brothers, while the frescoes were completed by Mazone. The Sistine Chapel is, due to its historical value, definitely a place to visit to get to know and understand the history of Savona, the City of the Two Popes.

Collegiata of San Giovanni Battista in Finale Ligure

Considered one of the most beautiful churches in the Savona area, its construction was initially attributed to Bernini, but has since been disproved. It was in fact the work of local artists, scholars and followers of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. It was started in 1619 and the work took 55 years. The interior is characterised by ornaments in a completely Baroque style, however, softened by classical references that makes the ambience more harmonious.

Monumental Complex of Santa Caterina in Finalborgo

It was founded in 1359 by the Marchesi del Carretto, who wanted a unique monumental place for their family to be buried, asserting their power and influence. The church was dedicated to St Catherine, and underwent profound transformations over the years. It was built with Finale stone, and consisted of three naves and three apses. From Piazza di Santa Caterina, you can admire the Gothic arcades, the tower, and the two wonderful cloisters from the Renaissance period.

San Biagio of Finalborgo

Built in the Middle Ages, very little evidence of the structure from that period remains today, namely the apse and the neo-Gothic bell tower. The church was renovated in the Baroque style in 1633 by the architect Andrea Storace. In the nave you can see the Mausoleum, which comes from St Catherine’s, and still contains valuable pieces of art belonging to the Carrettesque Prelates.

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Misericordia in Savona

Located 7 km outside the centre of Savona, at Santuario, it is a typical example of Genoese Mannerism. The altar was designed by the great Bernini, and the interior contains numerous works of art, including one by Domenichino.

Museums

Discover film production.

Ferrania Film Museum – Ferrania (SV)

A museum focussed on the industrial culture of the region, dedicated to the film factory that was founded in Ferrania in 1917. A museum for anyone interested in the history of evolution and research in the field of cinematography.
Workshops and museum visits immersed in the world of Savona ceramics

Destination Ceramics - Savona

In the heart of Savona’s historical centre, don’t miss the workshops and museum visits immersed in the world of ceramics, from Palazzo Gavotti, with the Pinacoteca Civica collection, to Palazzo del Monte di Pietà, with its Ceramics Museum.

Take part in the educational workshops for children and families and find out more about what is taught on the website: http://musa.savona.it/museodellaceramica/la-didattica/

An exciting and interactive journey through Apple's history from its beginnings in 1976 to the present day.

All about Apple – Savona

Founded on 11 May 2002, the All About Apple Museum is currently the most well-stocked Apple museum in the world. It houses almost the entire production of Apple personal computers, peripherals, accessories and prototypes from the early days of 1976 to the present day.
The history of Toirano brought to life through an old stable housing a collection of over three thousand objects and artefacts from the past.

Toirano Ethnographic Museum

An exhibition encompassing the life and history of Toirano is hosted in the stables of an ancient palace. The collection consists of around three thousand objects and artefacts, relating to ancient activities practised in the Toirano area and in western Liguria in general. On the Piano Nobile of the palace, the rooms of the aristocratic residence have been reconstructed.
The Archaeological Museum in Finale contains 350,000 years of history. A journey through time from prehistoric times to the present day.

Visit the Archaeological Museum of Finale

The Archaeological Museum in Finale, housed in the fascinating Monumental Complex of Santa Caterina in Finalborgo, provides an exciting journey through time, from prehistoric times to the present day. It tells the story of human presence in the Finale area from 350,000 years ago through important archaeological finds, reconstructions, miniature models and scenographic sets.
Choose a thematic route and dive into the 'Gallinara Island Nature Reserves' for a virtual immersion that will leave you breathless.

Gallinara Island Nature Reserve Multimedia Exhibition - Albenga

The ‘Gallinara Island Nature Reserve’ Multimedia Exhibition is a multimedia journey that lets you visit the island with its settlements, seabird nesting areas and the seabed facing the island, that has abundant fish varieties, and is home to Christ the Redeemer where you can dive down to see it.
Visiting the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art means walking through 1,000 years of history among Albenga’s ecclesiastical and artistic testimonies.

Diocesan Museum and Baptistery - Albenga

The Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art, located in the premises of the old Bishop’s Palace, houses numerous artistic treasures and cultural artefacts from various periods of ecclesiastical history. The Baptistery is one of the most important early Christian monuments in northern Italy, built in the late Roman period between the 5th and 6th centuries. Inside, in a niche, there is a splendid multi-coloured mosaic depicting the symbol of the Trinity.
In the exhibition 'Magical Transparencies - Glass from Ancient Albingaunum' in Albenga, you will see glass findings from Roman times.

Magical Transparencies, glass from ancient Albingaunum - Albenga

An exhibition of glass artefacts uncovered during excavations in the necropolis of Albenga, including a unique piece, the Blue Plate on which two putti dance in honour of Bacchus were carved, found next to objects from a funerary outfit.
The Franciscan Cloister, the late Baroque Cathedral and the Renaissance Sistine Chapel - just a few examples of Savona's history and art.

Savona Cathedral Museum Complex and Sistine Chapel

The complex includes fine sites of historical and artistic value in the heart of the historical centre, grouped around the 14th-century Franciscan Cloister. The late Baroque cathedral, the Renaissance Sistine Chapel in later Rococo forms, the 19th-century Rooms of Pius VII and a rich Treasury Museum present elegant architecture and contain works of art of outstanding value, including the extraordinary Wooden Choir.
The MuDA in Albissola Marina is a civic collection of modern and contemporary art. It is fitted out with a multi-purpose space for conferences and exhibitions.

MuDA Exhibition Centre - Albissola Marina

Civic Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art.

A multipurpose space, suitable for conferences, workshops, screenings and temporary exhibitions.

There is a reading room and a book lending service.
Free entrance to the museum. Various rates apply for specific services such as guided tours and workshops.

Get there by public transport, with the Savona/Albisola/Varazze bus line, numbers 30, 7, 7/

In Garlenda, near Albenga, you can take a journey into the past, dedicated to the legendary and fascinating Fiat 500.

Multimedia Museum of the 500 Dante Giacosa

The museum is aimed at fans of the big small car and is for anyone interested in cars, motoring and the history of Fiat. But it can be enjoyed by a broad, wider public, eager to get to know a cross-section of the history of Italy which, thanks to the ‘500’, finally got on four wheels and drove into modernity.
The City and Archaeological Museum is an unmissable place to visit to learn about Savona's history and culture.

City and Archaeological Museum - Savona

The ‘Civico Museo Archeologico e della Città’ (City and Archaeological Museum), opened in 1990, is housed in the 15th-century ‘Loggia del Castello Nuovo’, within Savona’s Priamàr monumental complex.
The museum is part of the MUSA (Civici Musei Savona) circuit and is included in the network of museums in the Liguria Region.

The Civico Museo Archeologico di Savona, located in the Palazzo della Loggia, combines the exhibition route with some archaeological areas. The constantly changing exhibition design adapts scientific content to the dynamics of archaeological research. The leitmotif of the exhibition is ceramics and the types produced in Savona since the Middle Ages are represented, with one section dedicated to the Fortress.
A specific route for the visually impaired (in Braille) has been set up along the museum route, with a number of stations where they can become acquainted with certain exhibits through touch.

The museum can also be visited by appointment.

The Museums’ reception desk can provide a guide (in Italian and English) to the Monumental Complex and the Museum, as well as scientific publications published by the Managing Institute and the Ligurian Centre for the History of Ceramics.

A unique experience of architecture, nature, ceramics, painting and assemblage enclosed in a House Museum.

MuDA - Asger Jorn House Museum - Albissola Marina

Located on the upper reaches of Albissola Marina, Casa Museo Jørn offers the most incredible experience of a natural, architectural environment created by the free imagination of one of the most important artists of the 20th century, Asger Jørn (Danimarca, Vejrum 1914-Aarhus 1973). When he arrived in Albissola in 1954, he bought two old buildings and the surrounding land and, with the help of his friend and assistant Umberto Gambetta, renovated and modified the environment according to the principles of free and spontaneous imagination. The museum offers the free visits and guided tours, educational workshops and creative experiences to discover art and nature, as well as Nordic and Mediterranean myths and local flavours.
Located in the town of Albissola Marina, this museum brings together an extraordinary history of ceramic art and technology.

MuDA - Alba Docilia Kiln - Albissola Marina

An extraordinary museum relating the history of ceramic art and technology. It is an authentic ceramic factory, perfectly preserved within the ancient village of Albissola Marina. Inside, several original rooms can be visited, where the old wood-fired kilns and decanting tanks for clay and glazes can be found. The museum houses a selection of contemporary ceramic art works from the civic collection, and a permanent exhibition of traditional ceramic nativity scenes, known as macachi, from Albissola.