During our recent cru
A cruise stop
My blog subscribers already know that this September we´ve done our first big international trip with two babies. It was an 11-day Mediterranean Cruise, which included some of the most popular European islands, like Corsica, Sardinia, the Balearic Islands, and Elba Island.
But, seriously, what a Mediterranean cruise without an Italian city?! In our case, there were even two of them: Naples and Savona. Well, in fact, there was also Portoferraio (Elba Island) but that’s a whole another story we´ll talk about in a couple of weeks…
Not a first time in Liguria
Let´s forget islands for now and move to the Italian coastal cities. Who
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To start with, my personal experience with this region has been quite controversial. I visited Liguria during the European Easter Holidays and have sworn not to travel back ever (yes! it was that bad! lol). The only positive impression in my Ligurian memory box was, probably, the city of Cervo. The rest was all about traffic jams, crowds, lack of parking spots, delays… Long story short: the most chaotic and exhausting vacation I´ve ever had.
Surprised by Savona
However, this September Savona cropped up in our travel plans as a random cruise stop. We honestly had no expectations for this one day in Savona, but ended up quite surprised!
Savona is a small city where all the major historical sites are within a walkable distance. That´s a huge advantage if you want to have a more relaxed experience and yet fully explore a new place.
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By the way, If you’re doing a cruise stop as well, most likely you’ll be offered a day trip to Genova or to one of the smaller villages nearby, like Noli. Genova is a great city to visit, especially if you’ve never been, but it´s already about big city life and intense sightseeing (you can’t see it all in one day). Noli is a pretty village, but there are more gems in the area (like Cervo) to lay your eyes on – it should really be a separate road trip then.
One day in Savona felt like a great time frame. Besides, the city was not packed with tourists and you could get “an authentic taste” of Italian food, art, and architecture. What else could we all possibly wish for?!
So, what can you see and do during your one day in Savona?
One day in Savona: Must-see places
Towers: La Torretta & Torre del
One of the first things you notice while heading to the city
Want to get the best city views?! – Priamar Fortress is the place.
However, if we are to talk about museums there’s one place you can’t miss in Savona – Museo della Ceramica. It is located together with the Pinacoteca Civica inside Palazzo Gavotti. For a fan of the Spanish ceramics like me, this was the favorite stop of the day.
If you are interested in art and feel like visiting museums, there are two important museums in the area: the Museo
I couldn´t resist and ended up buying a book about Ligurian Ceramic. Although it was only available in Italian, so it´s more of a coffee-table book in my case. If I am to choose one place I loved the most in Savona – that´s definitely going to be Museo
Another museum we did not visit, but you could – All About Apple Museum. Since 2002 it houses almost all the personal computers and accessories made by Apple since the brand´s creation.
Architecture & Palaces
While wandering around the city
Churches & Cathedrals
If you enjoy visiting cathedrals, Savona also has something to offer here: Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta and Cappella Sistina. As the Valencian city of Jativa, Savona is the birthplace of two Popes, Sisto IV and Giulio II. Cappella Sistina was built by Sisto IV as a mausoleum for his parents in their hometown.
Well, to be honest, Capella Sistina didn´t live it up to my expectations. Especially, cause they make women cover their shoulders (it was like +37C outside!) and don´t let you take pictures (even without flash). And by the way, they don´t warn you about this while selling tickets. What must be inside if they are so strict?- You´d ask.
Luckily I had a scarf to cover, but there were other tourists around, who just
Savona is famous for its 2 local dishes –
My inner foodie couldn’t miss a chance to shop for the local spices and pasta in one of the souvenir shops near the port area. Still using them at home.