The City of a Hundred Towers
Nestled in the Ligurian Riviera of Ponente, Albenga boasts one of the most evocative and best preserved historic centers in the region. Largely surrounded by walls, from which stand numerous towers, palaces and other valuable medieval architecture, to which it owes the nickname of "city of a hundred towers", it houses several monuments of cultural interest starting from the Cathedral of San Michele Arcangelo in Romanesque style and the adjacent early Christian baptistery. A few steps away is the Church of Santa Maria in Fontibus with a recognizable two-coloured façade, dating back to the High Middle Ages, but later enlarged and rebuilt.
Among the civil buildings we point out the Palazzo Vecchio with the Torre del Comune with typical Ghibelline battlements. It is home to the Civico Museo Ingauno, which houses artifacts from the pre-Roman and medieval ages, the 11th-century Palazzo Vescovile and the 15th-century Palazzo Peloso Cepolla, where the Roman Naval Museum was set up.
Every year the traditional Historical Palio of Albenga is held with a historical re-enactment in costume at the time of Frederick II emperor, in the thirteenth century.
A rich trail network allows excursions for trekking and mountain biking enthusiasts. We recommend the Monte Bignone route, the loop trail to reach San Fedele, the Alta Via Baia del Sole and the Via Iulia Augusta.