Destress Along the Sea in Colorful Savona, Italy

Ryan Shannon

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The buzzing ocean town flocked to by inhabitants of Milan and Turin

Seaside Savona

Get a real feel of an authentic ocean town with plenty of shopping and eateries to indulge in

What’s There to See?

This gem of a town is tucked away in the heart of the Italian Riviera. Savona will leave you wondering how this beach paradise is so close to Turin! While many venture off into the smaller beach towns scattered along the Italian Riviera, Savona is worth a visit, too.

If you’re into art, and more specifically art involving the church, the famous Madonna and Child by Toddeo di Bartolo, you need to pay a visit to the Museo d’Arte di Palazzo Gavotti. The museum is endowed with tons of iconic paintings — from a variety of centuries and settings.

Savona is the perfect blend between city and town with a population of just over 60,000 inhabitants. You’ll certainly feel less “hustle and bustle” as you stroll Savona’s balmy coastline, taking in the sights of dozens of medieval castles.

If you’re looking for more civilization after spending time in the small villages along the Italian Riviera and want to have access to more cafes, shops, and restaurants, Savona’s a great place to catch a break. There are plenty of delicious eateries and shopping in the center, which are revitalizing the core of the historic city center.

How to Get There

As always, you can get to Savona by train, However, it’s not as convenient as it is to get to neighboring Genova. You’ll need to connect after reaching Genova or at a smaller town called Fossano (though, there are some direct trains to Savona from Turin that take 2 hours and 11 minutes).

One fantastic resource to use is Omio (formerly Goeuro.com) — you’ll see offers from various bus, train and plane companies.

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