Varazze is an Italian city of 14,000 inhabitants in the province of Savona. Varazze is located in the inlet between Punta della Mola and Punta dell’Aspera, in the eastern section of the riviera del Ponente Ligure; it has a rich historical past that can be traced in its urban layout. HISTORY: It was founded on the site of the Ad Navalia Roman station, indicated in Table Peutingeriana, and it is mentioned for the first time as Varagine, in a document of the tenth century. The town name comes from the Latin Varagine, in turn coming from the verb “varare” having the meaning of ‘place of landing or construction of vessels’.
In the town of Varazze, in addition to the famous and attractive sea promenade, you can admire: the Cathedral of St. Ambrose, built in the sixteenth century, on a previous building, with the Romanesque-Gothic bell tower; the fifteenth century church of San Domenico; the church of Saints Nazario and Celso; the oratory of St. Bartholomew; the ruins of the ancient church of St. Ambrose, whose façade is inserted in a section of the medieval city walls; the seventeenth-century shrine of St Catherine; the Capuchins and Sant’Anna del Deserto convents; and the church of the Holy Christ, built in the twelfth century, at Piani Invrea.
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The historic center of Varazze is a real architectural jewel that is worth a visit. Here we find the typical Ligurian buildings and the walls dating back to the 13th century. Among the many buildings, the Porta di Ponte Vecchio, the Porta del Borghetto, the Porta dei Busci and the Porta della Loggia are worth seeing. For those who love art and history, Varazze has numerous buildings of high historical value. To visit the Parish Collegiate of Sant’Ambrogio in the historic center, the Church of San Domenico, which stands on the area previously occupied by a convent dating back to 1419. In addition, the Oratories of San Bartolomeo and dell'Assunta. And then again the Sanctuary of Nostra Signora della Guardia, which is located on Monte Grosso and offers a view of the surrounding lands.