The towers of Albenga

Albenga "city of a hundred towers": the towers that overlook the roofs of Albenga are not exactly a hundred, but certainly a good number, especially if added to the church bell towers. Built mostly in the 13th century alongside a noble house, they indicated the power of the family. They are presented with the base in massive blocks of stone, the "conci", while the upper part is in exposed bricks. Sometimes they are covered by the slightly shabby plaster with which the nineteenth century has dyed the city with gray and now the changed taste is gradually erasing.

The fate of the towers varies: some have been preserved almost intact and have reached our splendor to us, others have undergone various modifications. Cut and transformed into terraces, incorporated within the houses until they disappear, cut off for various events and with the wounds still open, inclined due to ground subsidence, collapsed due to earthquakes. After admiring the splendid towers of Piazza San Michele, postcard images, become the symbol of Albenga, just look up to see others, adapted to new needs, peek out from the roofs of the medieval city.

The most important towers of the city:

Torre Peloso Cepolla
Located in Piazza San Michele, today home to the Roman Naval Museum and the International Institute of Ligurian Studies

Torre Oddo
In Rome Street, recently restored.

Torre della Paciotta
In Domenico Trincheri square

Town Hall Tower
Already said of Malasemenza, from the name of the family of origin.

Torre Navone
In Gold Medals Street it stands above the roofs.

Torre Lengueglia Costa
In Lions Square, one of these is in defense of the entrance. The lower part is plastered, although below is the Cisano stone ashlar. The upper part is in brick, datable to the 13th century.

Municipal Tower
It is the oldest part of the Palazzo Comunale, the lower part in Gothic style, while the upper part is in brick.

Rolandi Ricci Tower
In Gold medals Street, the two towers are severed and have been incorporated into the buildings.

Lengueglia d'Oria Tower
In Gold Medals Street, it was restored to medieval style only with the restoration of the 20th century

Conti Cepollini Tower
In Gold Medals Street, slightly sloping, it is the widest.

Cazzulini Tower
In Enrico D'Aste Street, in front of the facade of Santa Maria in Fontibus.
The building dates back to the 13th century.

Bell tower of the Cathedral
The most elaborate of the towers, has been expanded at various times and has unique decorative features among others.

Bell tower of Santa Maria in Fontibus
It is the only tower in the historic center that was born as a bell tower.