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Savona Cruise Port Guide | What to see in Savona, Italy

October 8, 2021Milena

Savona, a charming port city not far from the more popular port of Genova, usually docks ships belonging to Costa Cruises. The beauty of the place, the amount of wonderful things to see and ways to spend your time might surprise you – and for the most curious minds, 1 day might not be enough. The good news is that Savona serves as an embarkation port, which means you can get there pre-cruise or post-cruise and extend your stay over a few days. If you’re however visiting it during your cruise, there’s also plenty of possibilities to compile a perfect 1-day itinerary suitable to your needs. Are you ready for this Savona Cruise Port Guide? I hope you are, because we’re cutting straight to the chase! I’ve organized all the Savona’s touristic attractions into 4 different options of how you would want to spend your day there and included tips and important information about each place. Check it out!

Savona Cruise Port Guide

Option 1: Discover the charm of the Old Town, its architecture and its museums

Since the ships dock in the strict city center, the Old Town is easily reachable by feet, since its only distant 1,1 km from the port. There are plenty of things you can visit there on the way, and since they are so close to each other, you can squeeze them all into one trip! Here they are:

Torre Leon Pancaldo

Torre Leon Pancaldo or Torre della Quarda, commonly called “Torretta”, is a medieval building located on the port of Savona, at the entrance to the central Via Paleocapa, and is considered the symbol of the city. It’s actually impossible for you to not see it if you’re anywhere close to the port – since it guards the rotating bridge!

Distance from Savona Cruise Port: in front of the port, a few metres.

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Fortezza del Priamar (Civic Archaeological and City Museum)

The fortress of Savona on Priamàr was built by the Republic of Genoa between 1542 and 1544, based on a project by Giovanni Maria Olgiati, with the aim of defending and protecting, on the one hand, its territory from possible attacks from the state of the Dukes of Savoy and on the other to control the city of Savona, which in 1528 had been definitively subdued (when the great medieval port was buried). Currently it serves as the Civic Archaeological and City Museum. However, it’s worth visiting even if only to see the structures of the majestic fortress.

Opening hours: 12 June – 14 September, 09.00-24.00; 15 September to 11 June, 09.00-18.30.

Distance from Savona Cruise Port: 1 km / 10 minutes walk

Transportation: the fortress is at a walking distance from the port – it will only take you around 10 minutes to get there.

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Cappella Sistina

The Sistine Chapel is one of the most iconic sacred architectural gems of the region. Previously functioning as a place of cult, it is now mainly used for concerts and special events.

Distance from Savona Cruise Port: 1,1 km / 14 min walk

Transportation: the best way to get to the museum is to walk there – it’s less than a 15 minutes stroll.

Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta

For those who also like to visit sacred architectural gems, the cathedral will also be quite an interesting stop. Located in the strict Old Town, it can be easily incorporated as a quick visit along with all the other points on the itinerary.

Distance from Savona Cruise Port: 1,1km / 10 minutes walk

Transportation: the best way to get to the museum is to walk there – it’s less than a 10 minutes stroll.

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All About Apple Museum

All About Apple Museum, founded in 2002, is currently the most comprehensive museum in the world containing nearly all the production of Apple’s personal computers, peripherals, accessories, prototypes from the dawn of 1976 to the present day. The exhibited machines tell us the birth, evolution, transformation of personal computing – invented by Apple, with the peculiarity that here the visitor can use all the up and running computers: this is the only case in the whole world to have a museum like this one, which makes it so exciting!

Tickets: € 7, € 5 for under 18 years old / adults overs 65 years old / Costa card and FAI card holders / groups of more than 10 people /, € 3 for children from 6 to 12 years, Free for children under 5 years old.

Opening hours: Saturdays, 09.30 – 12.30 (Last admission 12.00), 14.30 – 17.30 (Last admission 17.00); Sundays 09.30 – 12.30 (Last admission 12.00).

Distance from Savona Cruise Port: 650 m / 8 minutes walk

Transportation: the best way to get to the museum is to walk there – it’s less than an 8 minutes stroll.

Museo della Ceramica (Savona Ceramics Museum)

Four floors of history and an innovative setting, for a fascinating journey through eras and styles. From the Renaissance to the twentieth century, from Futurism to contemporary design, more than a thousand works to testify the deep bond of a tradition with its territory. If you love visiting unusual museums – that’s the one for you! And it’s not even that far from the port.

Entry ticket: €5

Opening hours: Thursdays, 15.30-18.30; Fridays 10-13.30 & 15.30-18.30, Saturdays 10-13.30 & 15.30-18.30, Sundays 10-13.30.

Distance from Savona Cruise Port: 1,2 km / 14 min walk

Transportation: the best way to get to the museum is to walk there – it’s less than a 15 minutes stroll.

Note: It’s in the same building as Civic Art Gallery!

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Pinacoteca Civica (Civic Art Gallery)

You love visiting art exhibitions? Look no more. The collection of the Civic Art Gallery offers an exceptional testimony of the artistic development in Savona and Liguria from the fourteenth to the twentieth century. The itinerary develops on two floors, in which the civic collections interact with the places and with the heritage of the city – the cathedral, the oratories, the historic buildings – bearing witness to facts, influences and encounters that have made the history of the territory. An all-round exhibition itinerary in painting and sculpture from the fourteenth century to the present day which, thanks to the connection with the Milani / Cardazzo contemporary art collection and the Museum of Ceramics, today constitutes one of the most important Italian museum complexes.

Distance from Savona Cruise Port: 1,2 km / 14 min walk

Transportation: the best way to get to the museum is to walk there – it’s less than a 15 minutes stroll.

Note: It’s in the same building as Savona Ceramics Museum!

Monumento ai Caduti (War Memorial)

The war memorial was made by the sculptor Venzano. Inaugurated in 1927 in the presence of King Vittorio Emanuele III and since then every day, with 21 tolls of the bell, at 6 pm, the fallen of all wars are commemorated, one for each letter of the Italian alphabet: during the tolls, traffic and people they stop as a sign of respect.

Distance from Savona Cruise Port: 1,5 km / 15 min walk

Transportation: the best way to get there s to walk – it’s less than a 15 minutes stroll.

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Tempietto Boselli (Municipal Public Gardens)

The Tempietto Boselli is located within the municipal public gardens, in the immediate vicinity of Corso Mazzini. Located within a fenced area, the monument, known internationally for its importance and for its artistic originality, is composed of the actual temple (a small masonry building with a domed roof, covered in ceramic) and the pergola in front, formed by two rows of masonry pillars, covered with ceramic decorations, surmounted by a chestnut wood pergola, on which a large climbing wisteria develops. This is definitely a good choice if you love visiting gardens with gorgeous flowers and getting to know the culture from the inside.

Distance from Savona Cruise Port: 1,1 km / 14 min walk

Transportation: the best way to get there is to walk – it’s less than a 15 minutes stroll.

Option 2: Spend a day at the beach

Savona has a few gorgeous beaches nearby that will offer you the most stunning views. Here are some of my favorite ones:

Bau Bau Village

One of the beaches where you can spend your day is the Bau Bau Village, which incorporates almost everything that’s the most beautiful in the natural realm of Liguria. The crystal clear water of the sea, the golden sands and the characteristic for the region cliff with houses overlooking the beach. Oh, make sure you like dogs – “bau bau” is the Italian way of barking for dogs, which means they are most welcome there.

Distance from Savona Cruise Port: 3,6 km / 8 min drive, 39 min walk

Transportation: you can either get a cheap taxi from the port or simply walk there, if you don’t mind taking a longer stroll!

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Buco del Prete

If you want to spend a day on a beach in a complete tranquillity, then this public beach with wonderful views will be the right one for you. Not as well known as the other beaches, it’s hardly ever crowded – and the views of the rocky hill will guarantee you an unforgettable stay among the crystal clear waters.

Distance from Savona Cruise Port: 5,8 km/12 min drive

Transportation: the best way to get there from port would be getting a taxi, since there are no direct buses or train that depart from the proximity of the Savona cruise port.

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Spiaggia di Bergeggi

A great choice for spending a day at the beach can also be Spiaggia di Bergeggi. The uniqueness of this place comes from the depth of the sea, since it’s the deepest spot in the region, which gives it the specific dark blue color that tourists adore so much. It will certainly pass for one of the most beautiful beaches all around Liguria.

Distance from Savona Cruise Port: 10 km/20 min drive

Transportation: the best way to get there from port would be getting a taxi, since there are no direct buses or train that depart from the proximity of the Savona cruise port.

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Option 3: Explore the natural wonders

The surroundings of Savona are a home to many wonderful treasures of nature. If you’re an explorer and you like diving, waterfalls or even mountain climbing, this option would be the best for you!

Grotta di Bergeggi

This grotto cave located not far from the Spiaggia di Bergeggi (Beach), is an exemplary oasis of peace that lets you explore the rocky inside of the cave and peak out on the world through the prism of its beauty. The cave is made up of two large cavities dug by the force of the sea. The first of these (about 30 m long and 25 m wide, with a height of 15 m) communicates with a second cavity, containing numerous stalactites and stalagmites, about 200 meters long and inside which there is a small lake.

Distance from Savona Cruise Port: 10 km/20 min drive

Transportation: in case of the grotto, I would highly suggest to book an excursion there with your cruise line – as it would be safer to not be left behind, as well as due to the comfort of the shuttle bus.

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Monte Mao

There’s even a treat for mountain climbers! You can choose to get on the Mao mountain for a whole day dedicated to the exploration of nature. The views extending along the entire coastline will certainly repay you for choosing to sacrifice your port stay for this single, yet irreplaceable location.

Distance from Savona Cruise Port: 13,8 km/33 min drive

Transportation: in case of mountain climbing, I would highly suggest to book an excursion there with your cruise line – as it would be safer to not be left behind, as well as due to the comfort of the shuttle bus.

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Cascata della Donnaiola

This incredible waterfall is located briefly outside the city, but it’s definitely worth visiting if you love exploring the beauty of natural wonders. The majestic pond is quite similar to the Blue Eye of Sarande, even though they are both different in very specific ways. If you’re planning to go there, keep in mind that walking around the reservoir takes around 1h 40 minutes, and if you want to spend sometime in the waterfall, you should add up that time also – stick to your time schedule to not miss the ship.

Distance from Savona Cruise Port: 15 km/33 min drive

Transportation: the best way to get there from port would be getting a taxi, since there are no direct buses or train that depart from the proximity of the Savona cruise port.

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Option 4: Other wonderful locations

Villa Faraggiana

Villa Faraggiana is a historic eighteenth-century residence located in via Salomoni in Albissola Marina, in the province of Savona. Built in the eighteenth century as the home of the noble Durazzo family, the property is now a possession of the Municipality of Novara as per the testamentary legacy of the last owner Alessandro Faraggiana dated 1961, but open to the public for visits and exhibitions since 1968. It’s gorgeous external architecture, the gardens, as well as the artistic interiors really leave us breathless with all the beauty you can find inside there.

Opening hours: at fixed hours, 15:15, 16:15, 17:15, 18:15. Closed on Mondays.

Distance from Savona Cruise Port: 4,9 km / 12 min drive

Transportation: the best way to get to the villa is to take a taxi from the port, as there are no buses that go there.

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We’ve reached the end of the Savona Cruise Port Guide! As you can see, there’s so much to do in Savona, regardless of whether you’re visiting it on a cruise port day and hence you have limited time (you can decide to either discover the Old Town, explore the natural wonders, beaches or the farer palaces), or whether you’re planning a few days stay there (to combine it all). And you, which attractions would you choose? Let me know on my Instagram @milenacorleoneofficial, Instagram @ship.me.there, Pinterest @lenacorleone, Twitter @MilenaCorleone, BuyMeACoffee @MilenaCorleone.

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