Savona is an Italian town with 60 760 inhabitants ( 31 December 2012) in the Liguria region and capital of the province of Savona.

Location and data

The large harbor and the industry are the largest employers in the city. In addition, the port is a major ferry terminal towards Corsica and also an important location point for the shipping company Costa Cruises, which can depart from here their ships into the Mediterranean.


The city on the Mediterranean Coast, third-largest in Liguria, was settled very early. Near the present city was the village of Sabatier. The importance of the settlement at the time of the Roman Empire was only slight. This was merely a changing station on the Via Aemilia Scauri. Only with the end of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance made ​​the city-state Savona an important trading power. The Marquis of Savona took part in the First Crusade. Several Popes had their power base here.

Less with Venice as the very nearby Genoa, the city was at enmity. 1528 the port of the city was destroyed by Genoese ships, the city came under the rule of the Genoese.

After the decline continued until the mid-19th century, a recovery of the city. The port is one of the five most important in Italy and handles the shipping of the car brands Fiat and Lancia from nearby Turin.


  • A named after sailors Leone Pancaldo tower at the harbor
  • Church of San Giovanni Battista from the 16th to 18th century
  • Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, built from 1589 to 1602. The facade dates from the years 1881 to 1886.
  • Art Gallery in Palazzo Pozzobonello

Twin Cities

Villingen -Schwenningen in 1986 twin town of Savona. In addition, the city is a member of the Federation of European cities Napoleon.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Michele da Cuneo, sailors, participants of the second expedition of Christopher Columbus
  • Della Rovere family, nobility, from the two popes and the Dukes of Urbino come
  • Gianni Baget Bozzo, clergyman, theologian, politician and publicist
  • Stephan El Shaarawy, Soccer Player
  • Anton Giulio Barrili, novelist
  • Fabio Fazio, television presenter
  • Tiziana Ghiglioni, jazz singer
  • Giuseppe Martano, cyclist
  • Milena Milani, artist, writer and journalist
  • Christian Panucci, football player
  • Giuseppe Pizzardo, cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Girolamo Riario, son of Pope Sixtus IV and Lord of Imola and Forlì
  • Renata Scotto, opera singer
  • Stephan El Shaarawy, Soccer Player