Varazze town

Varazze town

Always disputed between Genoa and Savona, Varazze has an ancient heart, linked to its shipbuilding activity. The Romans founded it as Ad Navalia. It then became in Vulgar Latin Varagine, 'place where ships are launched'. Today, next to the shipyards specialised in superyachts, which are constantly being transformed, you will find a marina that is a destination not only for yachtsmen, but also for those who simply want to stroll among the boats and stop at one of the cafés on the piers for an aperitif or dinner.

Nome in dialetto: Väze

IAT: Piazza Beato Jacopo, Varazze

Telefono: 019935043

Email: iat@varazze.com

In Varazze, you can surf by moonlight, thanks to a large lighthouse installed on the seafront that allows you to surf the waves even at night.

Open all year round, for sportsmen and everybody else!

The town, with more than 12,000 inhabitants, has an ideal climate, as it is protected to the north by Mount Beigua. In fact, you will find life all year round, and even on grey winter days you will find families, couples, groups of friends strolling along the promenade, enraptured admiring the feats of surfers in search of the perfect wave. Lungomare Europa is a very pleasant walk connecting Cogoleto and Varazze, the old railway line turned into a proper promenade overlooking the sea and surrounded by nature. You can admire the cliffs and the waves of the sea while walking or cycling in peace on a unique route. For those who prefer trekking, there is the famous path leading to the Desert Hermitage.

In 1312, the Varazze navigator Lanzarotto Malocello crossed the mythical Pillars of Hercules and landed on the island of Lanzarote, which was named after him, and discovered the archipelago of the Canary Islands.

Art in the Centre

There are numerous monuments to visit, starting with the Parish collegiate church of Sant'Ambrogio in the historic centre of Varazze. Its interior houses a table by Luca Cambiaso, who is one of the greatest Ligurian painters of the 16th century. Still the Oratory of St Bartholomew with processional chest from the school of Maragliano. And then the 17th century Sanctuary of St Catherine. Don't miss Palace Beato Jacopo da Varazze in the historic centre of Varazze, formerly the seat of the civic administration. On the façade facing inwards is a statue of the blessed. If you go as far as the village of Alpicella, you can also visit the permanent archaeological exhibition.

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