Spotorno (Liguria): what to see in the seaside village


What to see in Spotorno, an itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest, including the 14th century castle, the Santissima Annunziata church, Bergeggi and the beach.

Tourist information

With the typical characteristics of a seaside village, Spotorno is characterized by small streets, where you can see some buildings with small loggias characterized by columns and mullioned windows, as well as houses with sundials painted on the facades.

The church of the Santissima Annunziata, from the Baroque period and built over a previous cult building, has a single nave interior comprising five side chapels, there are also some noteworthy works, including the Madonna and Child with Saints Peter and Paul , by De Ferrari, and the Madonna and Child between Saints Antonio da Padova and Francesco di Domenico Piola.

On the first altar on the left is the Incredulity of San Tommaso, while in the subsequent chapels the Baptism of Christ in the presence of Santa Lucia, a work attributed to Bernardo Castello, and the Immaculate Conception by Giovan Lorenzo Bertolotto, in addition to the statue of the Madonna of Mercy of 1685 and the Apparition of the Child Jesus to San Filippo Neri, made by Giovanni Andrea Carlone in 1687.

Outside the church, some traces of the original 15th century frescoes are visible, depicting the Risen Jesus and the Annunciation.

What see

The Oratory of the Santissima Annunziata di Spotorno, which was built around the mid 1600s, houses works by Ligurian artists, including the Annunciation and Crucifixion canvases, the Marriage of the Virgin by Giulio Benso in 1659 and the Adoration of the shepherds from 1664, as well as remarkable polychrome wood sculptures.

The remains of the fourteenth-century castle dominate the town, having a square plan and guard posts placed at the corners of the walls.

Nearby you can visit the Monte village, which has kept its original appearance intact.

In front of Spotorno is the islet of Bergeggi, where the ancient lighthouse of Vada Sabatia was probably located, which was a Roman port.

In this place, some monks took refuge from the fourth century, in addition, the islet preserves two towers, one of which from the Roman era and a medieval one, in addition to the remains of a church dating back to the eleventh century.

Among the traditional festivals that take place in Spotorno, the regatta of the districts stands out, which takes place annually in September, characterized by 16th century costumes.

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Spotorno beach is sandy, there are bathing establishments and free beaches, the latter mainly located in the initial and final stretch of the coast.

A Holiday in Spotorno, Italy 1962 (November 2022)

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