In the Italian region of Liguria there’s a charming resort Albenga, also called the city of a hundred towers. In the past it was a Roman port, but today it’s a popular seaside resort, really liked among families with children. Albenga tempts with the ancient old town and delicious cuisine.
It’s a small town lying in northern Italy, in the province of Savona. Known as the amazing seaside resort of the Italian Riviera, it enjoys a great popularity among tourists from various countries, not only from Europe. In ancient times, it was the Roman port – unfortunately today we can admire only a few monuments, which are the evidence of the former glory.
It was once called the city of a hundred towers, but today visitors can see just a few of them. Among the few Romanesque buildings that have survived to modern times, particularly noteworthy are three towers standing near the Cathedral of San Michele. They come from the thirteenth century. An equally valuable monument of Albenga is also the Baptistery, dating back to the fifth century, attracting tourists with alluring mosaic hidden inside.
Walking through the streets of Albenga
As it was mentioned above, in the past Albenga was the Roman port. Sadly, the port didn’t survive to the present time, but it wasn’t destroyed by the history, but by nature - river estuary covered it with a thick layer of mud. Today, the greatest asset of the Italian resort is a scenic boulevard, numerous restaurants serving local cuisine, as well as streets with lots of shops and boutiques.
Every tourist should get acquaint with the heart of the town, namely with Piazza San Michele, where they’ll find the main monuments of the old part of the resort - the cathedral and baptistery built on the plan of decagon. Just behind the building, you can find the palace of archbishops, which houses the Diocesan Museum (Museo Diocesano). It’s definitely worth a visit, as it hides fragments of amazing frescoes on the walls of clergy bedrooms and in the chapel.
The old city is surrounded by defense walls, and by two parallel boulevards on both sides: Viale Martiri della Libertà and Viale dei Mille. They lead the train station, located approximately 800 meters away.
Attractions of the area
Tourists, who will visit the town, should definitely head toward the caves Toirano. It’s a huge attraction of the area, located only about 11 km from Albenga. Interiors of the caves are pleasantly cool, and visitors can admire fanciful rock formations, stalactites and stalagmites, as well as fungus-like growths on the walls. Associations with caves of dwarves straight from Tolkien's novels are very common.
After returning from the underground tour, you can enjoy a blissful lounging on the beach or peaceful walks among the charming streets of the resort.
Where to stay?
People wishing to visit the town may take into account staying at the campsite. There’s Camping Bella Vista, which is opened till 15th of November, and cover an area of 9 hectares. It’s ideal for families with children, as it guarantees peace and tranquility in beautiful surroundings. In the summer you can benefit from a rich offer of attractions - both children and adults will find something suitable. Campsite facilities also include a swimming pool with sun loungers, a playground and an intimate bar. Depending on the season, a nightly accommodation costs from 5 to 9 euros, while the position for your motorhome - from 7 to 13 euros/day.
If someone intends to visit these areas, he may plan longer stay on the Ligurian coast. Among the local attractions is also a water park “Parco Acquatico Le Caravelle"(located approximately 6 km from the Albenga), charming Finale Ligure, caves of Finale Verezzi and beautiful beaches in Loano and Varigotti. No one will get bored here.