Overlooking the Ligurian Sea, Albissola Marina is a breezy town and beachside destination west of Genoa. It was originally settled by the Ingauni tribe before being conquered by the Romans and swore allegiance to the Republic of Genoa in 1343.
Things to do in Albissola Marina
In the heart of Albissola Marina is the Chiesa Parrocchiale della Nostra Signora della Concordia, a 16th-century church that houses sculptures by the Baroque artist Anton Maria Maragliano. It’s located opposite the MuDA Exhibition Center where changing art displays take place in the Civic Library. Its collection of modern and contemporary art includes works by Pablo Picasso, Aurelio Caminati and Mario Rossello.
If you’re visiting in the summer, why not spend an afternoon on the sands of Soleluna Beach, which is dotted with thatched umbrellas and sun loungers for rent. You can grab classic Italian fare at the Bagni Sirena Ristorante Pizzeria or the Lido Bistrot, then party to live DJ sets after dark. Stretching along the waterfront is the “Walk of the Artists”, which is decorated with mosaic tiles designed by leading figures in Albissola’s artistic history.
On the northern edge of Albissola Marina is Villa Faraggiana, a lavishly decorated residence dating back to the 18th century. Constructed by the Genoese nobleman Gerolamo Durazzo, it was bequeathed to the town as a striking example of a Ligurian villa. Explore the art-adorned music room, serene library and bedrooms decorated with gilded furnishings, then stroll through the meticulously landscaped gardens.
Getting around Albissola Marina
Albissola Marina is a 10-minute drive from Savona and an hour from Genoa. Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport is 40 minutes away and has flights to destinations across Europe. Trains connect along the coast to the Albissola railway station and buses travel throughout the town.