Stopover in Savona

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Cruise stopover in Savona

Arrival at the port of Savona

Arrival at the port during your stopover in Savona offers a panoramic view of the city and the sea. The port is close to the city center 5 minutes away, allowing you to easily begin your exploration on foot. When you arrive at the port of Savona you will see that it is a real delight, restaurants, bars, shops… There are also taxis and buses available to get around.

What to do in Savona?

The port of Savona is magnificent, however it is not the most beautiful Italian city, but there are some activities to do to keep you busy.

Savona center

Tour highlights

  • Medieval streets.  Savona’s city centre is a maze of cobbled streets, lined with historic buildings with colourful facades. Every corner reveals a new discovery, be it a small hidden square or an ancient church.
  • Popolo Square.  This main square is the beating heart of Savona. Here you will find cafes, restaurants and lively shops. It is a perfect place to immerse yourself in the local atmosphere.
  • Priamar Fortress.  Dominating the city centre, this impressive fortress offers an insight into the region’s military history. It also houses museums and temporary exhibitions.
  • Guided tours exist for 350 euros but I don’t offer them to you because it’s a bargain.

Priamar fortress

Stopover in Savona

Tour Highlights

  • Impressive architecture.  Built in the 16th century by the Republic of Genoa, the Priamar Fortress is a fascinating example of military architecture. Its imposing walls, robust bastions and panoramic views of the sea and the city make it a must-see attraction.
  • Museum and exhibitions.  The fortress houses a museum that features exhibits on the history of Savona, local archeology, and the evolution of the fortress itself. There you will discover fascinating artifacts, models and historical documents.

Practical information

  • Access.  The Priamar Fortress is located in Piazza del Brandale, near the historic center of Savona. You can easily reach it on foot from the port and the city center.
  • Schedules and tickets.  The fortress is open all year round.
  • Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekends from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Admission is free but you have to pay 5 euros for the museum and 3 euros for children.

Savona cathedral

Stopover in Savona

The Cathedral of the Assumption, also known as Cattedrale di Nostra Signora Assunta, is a magnificent example of Baroque architecture. Its majestic façade and impressive ornamental details immediately attract attention.

Tour Highlights

  • Sistine Chapel in Savona.  Be sure to visit the adjacent Sistine Chapel, built by Pope Sixtus IV in honor of his parents. This chapel is decorated with magnificent frescoes and is a true hidden gem of Savona.
  • Richly decorated interior.  Inside, you’ll be amazed by the frescoes, sculptures and ornate altars. The works of art in the cathedral are witnesses of the religious and artistic history of the region.

Practical information

  • Access.  Savona Cathedral is located in the heart of the historic center, a few minutes walk from the main attractions and the port of Savona.
  • Schedules.  The cathedral is open every day.

The sanctuary of the seas in Savona

Tour Highlights

  • Whale watching.  The Pelagos Sanctuary is one of the best places in the Mediterranean to observe cetaceans. You can see dolphins, whales and sometimes even sperm whales. Boat trips are regularly organized from Savona to allow visitors to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
  • Marine wealth.  In addition to cetaceans, the sanctuary is home to an incredible diversity of marine life. You will be able to observe several species of fish, sea turtles and a variety of sea birds.

Practical information

  • Access.  Excursions to the Sanctuary of Pelagos depart from the port of Savona. Advance reservations are recommended   to guarantee your spot on these popular excursions.  Meeting point  : Largo Marinai d’Italia, Savona SV, Italy
  • Schedules.  Boat trips take place mainly during the months of May-April to September daily. In winter a few days a month, when weather conditions are favorable. Start of the excursion at 9am –  Price – 60 euros/p.  (if you can afford it, I really recommend it!
  • Duration  – 3 hours.

Why visit the Pelagos Sanctuary?

  • Unique experience.  Observing cetaceans in their natural environment is an unforgettable and moving experience. The Pelagos Sanctuary offers a rare opportunity to see these majestic animals up close.
  • Education and conservation.  Learn more about Mediterranean marine biodiversity and conservation efforts. Tour guides often share valuable information about the species observed and the environmental challenges they face.
  • Adventure at sea.  Enjoy a day at sea with spectacular coastal landscapes, fresh air and the pleasure of sailing through the blue waters of the Mediterranean.

Discovery of cetaceans in the Pelagos sanctuary

Cruise stops in Savona

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Village of Bergeggi

A hidden pearl near Savona

Stopover in Savona

Bergeggi is an ideal destination for those looking to reconnect with nature and enjoy the tranquil beauty of the Ligurian coast. Personally, when I stop over for the umpteenth time in Savona, I love the atmosphere of this town, and its beaches are wonderful.

Tour Highlights

  • Picturesque setting.  Perched on a hill overlooking the Ligurian Sea, the village of Bergeggi offers stunning views. Its narrow streets and colorful houses make it a charming and typically Mediterranean place.
  • Bergeggi beach.  Bergeggi Beach is famous for its crystal clear waters and fine sand. It is a perfect place to relax, swim and practice water sports.
  • Regional nature reserve.  The Bergeggi marine protected area is ideal for snorkeling lovers.

Practical information

  • Access.  Bergeggi is located about 10 km south of Savona.
  • To go to Bergeggi by bus  –  Bus (Line 6).  Less than 20 minutes drive away, it offers picturesque views of the coast.
  • Taxi.  About 10 minutes, costs between 15 and 20 euros. A quick and pleasant option.

Why visit Bergeggi?

  • Natural beauty.  Bergeggi is surrounded by unspoilt nature. Hiking trails offer spectacular views of the coast and neighboring islands.
  • Tranquility and relaxation.  Far from the hustle and bustle of big cities, Bergeggi is a haven of peace. Its quiet beaches and small coves invite you to relax.
  • Outdoor activities.  In addition to diving and snorkeling, you can enjoy hiking, kayaking, and sailing. The nature reserve offers guided excursions to discover the richness of the local ecosystem.

How to navigate?

How to navigate?

Stopover in Savona


  • Historical Center.  The heart of Savona can be easily reached on foot. Major attractions such as the Priamar Fortress, the Savona Cathedral and the numerous museums are within walking distance of each other.
  • Nice walk.  Strolling through the cobblestone streets and along the seafront is a pleasant way to discover the city. Enjoy the many cafes, shops and restaurants along the way.


  • Bus network.  Savona has an efficient bus network managed by TPL Linea. Buses cover most of the city’s neighborhoods and attractions, as well as the surrounding areas.
  • Tickets and schedules.  Tickets can be purchased at kiosks, tobacconists and directly from drivers (with a small surcharge).


  • Taxi ranks.  Taxis are available throughout the city, including stations near train stations, main squares and tourist spots. You can also call a taxi or use a booking app.


  • Bike rental .  There are several bike rental points in Savona. Renting a bike is a great option to explore the city and its surroundings in an active and eco-friendly way.
  • Cycle tracks.  Savona has several cycle paths, especially along the coast, which offer wonderful views and a pleasant experience.

Where to swim

Stopover in Savona – The beaches of Savona

Tour Highlights

  • Fornaci beach.  Located near the city center, Fornaci beach is one of the most popular in Savona. With its fine sand and crystal clear waters, it is the ideal place to relax, swim and sunbathe. Cruise friends, this one is perfect for us!
  • Zinola Beach.  A little further away, Zinola beach offers a calmer atmosphere. Less crowded than Fornaci, it is perfect for those looking for a quiet place to relax.
  • Natarella Beach.  This beach is distinguished by its small coves and rocky areas. It is ideal for snorkeling and diving thanks to its rich and varied seabed.

Practical information

  • Access.  Savona’s beaches are easily accessible on foot from the city center or by public transport. Local buses serve the main beaches.
  • Equipment.  Most beaches have amenities such as showers, bathrooms and sun lounger and umbrella rental services. Some establishments also offer water activities such as windsurfing and paddle surfing.

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