Hugging the Ligurian Sea and west of Genoa, the Province of Savona is named after its coastal capital. It was first settled by the Sabazi before being conquered by the Roman Empire and was occupied by Napoleon’s forces in the early 19th century. The interior of the province encompasses the rugged mountains of the Ligurian Alps and the Apennines.
Things to do in Savona
Whether you want to learn about our human ancestors or admire exquisite glass art, the Province of Savona has plenty of gems to reveal.
Visit the Altare Glass Art Museum. Originally created to showcase objects of the Società Artistico Vetraria, the Altare Glass Art Museum presents the long-established history of glass culture in the region. It occupies the Art Nouveau-style Villa Rosa, which was designed by the Savona-based architect Nicolo Campora. Its exhibits include works dating from the 18th century to the present day and tools used to process and craft glass.
Explore the Adelasia Nature Reserve. Nestled on the northern slope of the Ligurian Apennines is the Adelasia Nature Reserve, which was established in 1989 to preserve the area’s native woodland. According to local legend, it was here that Adelasia sheltered with her beloved, Aleramo. Roe deer, foxes and badgers all call the reserve home, as do yellow wagtails, woodpeckers and grey herons.
Explore the Toirano Caves. Home to the largest cave bear graveyard in Europe, this impressive karst system winds its way beneath the town of Toirano. It is one of only a few places in the world where the remains of Homo Heidelbergensis have been found, with bones dating back 300,000 years. Join a guided tour through the Toirano Cave’s spectacular tunnels and caverns, which are beautifully decorated with stalactites and stalagmites.
Getting around Savona
Genoa Christopher Columbus Airport is the main aviation gateway to the Province of Savona and has flights to destinations across Europe. Trains connect to towns and cities along the coastline while buses serve inland towns and villages. Renting a car is the most convenient way of getting around the Province of Savona.