What to see in Alassio, itinerary of the main monuments and attractions in the city of lovers, including the renowned sandy beach, appreciated for its remarkable extension, the Church of Sant'Ambrogio, the oratory of Santa Caterina, the Church of the Capuchins, the wall of lovers and the Church of Santa Croce.
Famous seaside resort, Alassio is a town on the western Ligurian Riviera, located in the province of Savona and nestled in the inlet between Capo Santa Croce and Capo Mele, with a very wide sandy beach.
Of medieval origin, Alassio was linked in the past to Albenga, from which it gained independence in the sixteenth century.
Among the monuments and places of interest to see, there is the Church of Sant'Ambrogio, dating back to the Renaissance period.
The cult building has a beautiful portal and a bell tower dating back to the sixteenth century, while the current facade was built at the end of the nineteenth century.
Inside the church there are remarkable paintings on canvas attributed to Ligurian school teachers and dated between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Next to the Church of Sant'Ambrogio is the Oratory of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, dating back to the sixteenth century, which houses various wooden statues inside, works created by the sculptor Anton Maria Maragliano.
The construction of the church of Santa Maria Immacolata, also known as the Capuchin Church, is linked to a vow made by the local population to the Madonna on the occasion of a pirate raid.
Thanks to the construction of the adjoining convent of the Capuchin Friars, the religious building was enlarged at the beginning of the seventeenth century and subsequently remodeled in the eighteenth century maintaining the typical Franciscan-style church appearance.
Inside there is a beautiful seventeenth-century carved wooden altar, as well as a slate pulpit dating back to 1503 and depicting the scene of the Nativity of Jesus, with figures of Franciscan friars.
In a niche of the right nave there is a wooden table from the sixteenth century, depicting the Madonna del Soccorso created by the painter Macrino d'Alba.Recommended readings
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In the square in front of the church there is a travertine basin including the bronze statue of San Francesco d'Assisi.
At the corner between Via Cavour and Corso Dante is the famous wall decorated with autographs, on ceramics, of some illustrious characters and including the bronze statue of lovers.
Not far from the town there is the Romanesque church of Santa Croce, located overlooking the sea, which can be reached by following the ancient Roman road.