Pietra Ligure

Pietra Ligure is an Italian tourist town with 8708 inhabitants ( 31 December 2012) in the province of Savona, region Liguria.

Location and data

The municipality of Pietra Ligure is located on the coast of the Ligurian Sea between Savona and Imperia in the northeast to the southwest. It covers an area of 9 km ² and belongs to the Comunità Montana Pollupice.

Borders the following municipalities: Bardineto, Boissano Borgio Verezzi, Giustenice, Loano and Tovo San Giacomo.


The name comes forth from the rock (Lat. Petra, Italian Pietra ), which was in the Middle Ages by the sea and on which the castle " Castrum Petrae " arose when Byzantine bulwark against the Lombards.

The village belonged to the Archbishops of Albenga to 1385, when it by Pope Urban VI. was sold to the Republic of Genoa.


Today Pietra is a small town with a palm-lined promenade and beach resorts that are visited by thousands of tourists every year. Besides the sea Pietra Ligure also has to offer a picturesque old town: beautiful buildings from the Middle Ages and the 18th century and the church of San Nicolò di Bari in the 18th century with two bell towers and numerous works of art and the period prior to the church square.

Castle " Castrum Petrae "

Church of San Nicolò di Bari


Pietra Ligure is located on the Strada Statale 1 from Rome to Ventimiglia, which follows the course of the Roman Via Aurelia. On the northerly trending Autostrada A10 is a motorway junction Pietra Ligure ( No. 68). There are also in the town a station on the railway line Genova- Ventimiglia.


  • Offenburg, Baden- Württemberg

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Toesca Pietro (1877-1962), an Italian art historian