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Liguria: Albenga, an ancient Roman municipium and now Slow Food Presidium

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_0772.JPG Hello, my dear friends! Welcome to My Own Italy to discover Italy with my personal touch!

Our travel today is to Liguria: let's visit the city that has the best-preserved historic center in the west side of the Ligurian coast: Albenga.

 b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_0804.JPG Albenga is located in the wider plain of the Ligurian sea, in the middle of a wide bay of sandy beach at the mouth of the River Centa.

Albenga was the ancient capital of the powerful Ligurian tribe Ingauni, from which it took its name Albium Ingaunum (the name changed then Albingaunum in Albingauna and finally in Albenga).

 b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_0623.JPGAlbenga was allied with the Carthaginians against Rome during the Second Punic War, then later the same Rome finally subdued it in 181 BC.

Albenga then became a Roman municipium enjoying several centuries of prosperity. After recovering from the dark times of destruction and Saracen invasions, in the eleventh century it became a free commune.

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_0823.JPG The intact medieval historical center, whose structure follows the old Roman route, makes Albenga an excptional cultural city.

The heart of the civil and religious life of the city is the Piazza San Michele.

 b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_0798.JPG The Cathedral of San Michele, built on early Christian structure, preserves the structures of the eleventh century in the lower part of the façade and of the twelfth century at the top, on the ssides and in the apse.

The bell tower is a reconstruction of the 1391-95 about the five floors Romanesque on the base.

b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_0740.JPG Next to the church there are the Old Palace of the City (1387), with the mighty tower with double lancet windows and external ramps, and the Baptistery of Albenga, the most important Ligurian monument of the early days of Christianity.

b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_0598.JPGAlso today, the extremely fertile lowland has allowed the rise of specialized agriculture hinging on four typical products: the thorny artichoke, the trumpet courgette, the ox heart tomato and the purple asparagus, the latter chosen Albenga as a  Slow Food presidium.

b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_0640.JPG Albenga, with its old ancient village, allows not only the immersion in history and art, but offers you also leisure, entertainment and the beautiful seaside with its many shops and a nice sandy beach where you can reach the nature reserve at the mouth of Centa, ideal area for bird watching.
 

If you need to take your rest you can  sleep at Bed and Breakfast San Teodoro and enjoy an happy hour at winery of Re Carciofo.

Leisure with me, this is my tourism!

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