WALKING TOUR: CULTURE AND FLAVOUR
Culture & local gems, MyExploration, Passepartour, Less than 1 hour walking, 52
In a nutshell A short half-day tour to retrace some of the history of Savona by visiting the city’s main sights - from Priamar Fortress to the ancient city oratories - custodians of works of art and witnesses to religious life in the city. But there is also room for food with a delicious tasting session of local products and some free time to enjoy the city at our own leisure.
Good to know
- Ancient Priamar Fortress, symbol of the Genoese conquest
- Oratorio del Cristo Risorto (17th century)
- Tasting session of typical local products
- Visit to the Oratorio di Nostra Signora di Castello, home to the most ancient brotherhood in Savona
- Free time to discover the city
- We get off the ship to meet our guide, who takes us on an interesting walking tour of the city of Savona. Our fist stop is the Priamar Fortress, an imposing military complex overlooking the city and symbol of the Genoese dominion over the city. Built between 1542 and 1544 by the Republic of Genoa to defend itself against the attacks of the surrounding families and also to preside the city, the fortress replaced some important Medieval districts and was considerably expanded and transformed over the years. Currently, after a lengthy redevelopment project, the fortress has become an important cultural and tourist hub for the entire region.
- We descend the promontory and enjoy a short stroll to Oratorio del Cristo Risorto, which was constructed starting in 1604 as a place of worship for the Augustinian Nuns of the Most Holy Annunciations. The layout we see dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, when the monastery was transferred to the brotherhood of the Cristo Risorto. We observe the bare façade in stark contrast with the golden stuccoes on the interior framing a series of frescoes.
- Before our next cultural stop, we cannot but try a few local specialities, so we stop for a pleasant tasting session of chinotto jam and juice, amarettos and a delicious focaccia paired with fresh local cheese.
- We continue our walk towards the Oratorio di Nostra Signora di Castello, home to the most ancient brotherhood in Savona (1260) which moved here after the religious buildings on the Priamar hill were demolished to build the fortress. The oratory was originally built behind the cathedral of Nostra Signora di Castello and was named after it. The façade is a reconstruction dating back to 1755 of the original building partly destroyed by a fire. Inside the oratory, we admire some important works of art that were originally kept in the demolished cathedral, a testimony to the fact that the connection between the two sacred buildings continues to this day.
- After this last stop dedicated to one of the most important buildings in Savona, we have around one hour of free time available to discover other aspects of this enchanting city at our own leisure before walking back to the port.
Good to know
- This excursion is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.