By the 16th century the sea had moved so far away from the walls that, to protect the city from Turkish pirate raids, the need was felt to build a fort to defend the coast line . The Republic of Genoa provided for the work in the 16th century, on which Albenga then depended. And for this reason the fort is still called "Genoese".

It is located in Piazza Europa and can be accessed from the crossroads of Viale Italia, 300 meters from the beach, as the coastal silting up has continued in the meantime. Surrounded by modern buildings it takes a modest effort of the imagination to imagine it as a lonely lookout guarding the coast.