Like all the little towns of the Riviera, also Albenga was an ancient Roman settlement,
Piazza San Michele (c) is heart of the historical centre. Here you
find the Medieval Cathedral (Duomo), endowed with a wooden organ, and a
splendid late-Gothic belfry.
In the "Piazzetta dei Leoni" (Little Square of the Lions - photo e), at the back of the Cathedral, there is the 15th century Palazzo Costa (presently Palazzo Vescovado, Episcopate Palace), with its Torre Merlata (Battlemented Tower, it is the 4th at the right in photo c). The name of the Piazza originates from the three stone lions which the Costa family brought from Rome in 1608. It is adorned with fine cobblestone, like all the historical centre.
The Battistero (Baptistery - photo g) of the Cathedral
maintains intact its 5th century architecture. It has a decagonal profile (with ten
sides). On the way to Piazza San Michele you find the elegant Savior church.
It would be a mistake though to consider the "Centro Storico" a museum. In the little alleys around the monuments there are many craftmen shops, cozy and great restaurants and pizzerias, elegant boutiques and antiquaries. You can see how opposite palazzi were adjoining in the Middle Ages, with windows very near (this was a defensive measure so that invading pirates could not concentrate and could be attacked from the palazzi). It is impressive to see that people live very comfortably presently in these buildings.
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