The Roman and medieval city is still the center of urban life and its appearance is partly that of the 12th-14th centuries, in the most flourishing period of municipal independence, of which there are numerous testimonies. Albenga is in fact an example, unique in Liguria, of urban continuity between Roman times, the Middle Ages and the modern age. The city in the Middle Ages was organized according to the division into four districts , which took their name from churches that stood there, still the beating heart of the city.
Every year in July the Palio Storico of Albenga takes place, four days in which the city returns to the Middle Ages and the 4 districts compete in different competitions for the conquest of the Palio. The show includes historical parades, games (archery, tug of war, "the medieval family goes to war", knock down the towers), fights and performances in a city that goes back to the ancient in a fascinating atmosphere of great party.