The museums of Albenga

Part of the immense history of the city, it is preserved today in the city's museums: the Roman Naval Museum dedicated to marine archeology, the Ingauno Civic Museum where the testimonies of the ancient Roman and Byzantine Albingaunum are exhibited, the Magical Transparency Museum exhibits the finds vitri recovered during excavations in the necropolis of Albenga, including the famous "Blue Dish". The Diocesan Museum preserves a rich collection of works of art: early Christian finds, medieval paintings, sixteenth-century tapestries, precious canvases from the 1600s (including a work by Guido Reni) and statues from the 1700s. The Baptistery, the monument is connected to the Museum most important early Christian of Liguria. Recently built, it is also possible to access the Reserve Gallinara island Multimedia Center for a virtual visit to the environmental heritage of the Gallinara Island  and Albanian territory. A symbol of agricultural production, it is also possible to visit the Oil Museum  of the Sommariva family.

The new IAT at the Sala dei Consoli inside the Civic Tower includes the unified ticket office of three museums (Magical Transparencies, Roman Naval and Multimedia Center) and archaeological sites while access to the Ingauno Civic Museum, in the same location, is free.

To contact the IAT office:335.5366406
It is also always available the information point of the IAT network located in Piazza del Popolo, at Caffè Letterario in the gardens, whose telephone number is 0182 558444.

The historical and cultural heritage of the city of Albenga is managed by  Fondazione Gian Maria Oddi.

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The origins of Albenga

The large number of museums and objects exhibited in Albenga is synonymous with a great story. Albenga was an ally of the Carthaginians against Rome during the Second Punic War (3rd century) and became the naval base of Magone, an ally of Rome against Genoa. Conquered by Rome in 181 BC by the proconsul L. Emilio Paolo, he obtained Roman citizenship in 45 BC Destroyed at the beginning of the fifth century by the barbarians, it was rebuilt in 415 by Constantius, general of Honorius, and surrounded by walls, becoming a bishopric with the bishop Quinzio in 451. After the year 1000 he participated in the first Crusade and in the struggles for dominance Tirreno. It was later the lordship of the Del Carretto of Finale, of the Visconti (1355-79), of the French (1396-1413). Occupied by the Savoy in 1625 and in 1746 under Napoleon it was the capital of the jurisdiction of the Centa and capital of the province under the Kingdom of Sardinia (1815-1863).