The old city center of Albenga, recognizable by the characteristic red roofs, occupies the extreme part of the plain formed by the river Centa. Ancient village of Ligurian origins, then a Roman municipium, later Medieval Municipality; Albenga has its moments of prosperity until the thirteenth century. The river, wich used ti flow North, was derouted south: this leads to a rapid advancement of the plain, burying the area in front of the city, where the harbor, characteristic element of the town history until then, used to be.

Albenga gradually loses contact with the sea, developing an economy almost exclusively based on poor agriculture. 

Subdued by Genoa, occupied by the French, assigned to the Savoy; Albenga faced long periods of decay and neglect. Towards the mid-nineteenth century, enterprising citizens transformed the agricultural economy, bringing prosperity and wealth to the Plain.  Albenga awakens and it's urban layout, stood still for centuries, enclosed beyond the ancient walls, changes. In the twentieth century, the city spreads like a wildfire around the city centre, shaping the Albenga we know today.

 

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