The in November 2019 fully renovated cruise terminal Palacrociere Savona consists of three levels with a 1,200 m² terrace, a total covered area of 8,300 m², of which 4,800 dedicated to passengers (a 3500 m² departure hall, and two mezzanines of a total area of 1,300 m² ) and a 3,500 m² baggage claim section. A covered parking area for buses, taxis and cars is also provided.
This is Costa Cruises home port.
Carry-on's are checked by the port authority and not by the cruise ship scanners, therefore soft drinks etc. can be easily carried on board.
The center of Savona is about 300m walking distance over a small bridge, wheelchair friendly.
From Milano Malpensa: direct shuttles to the train station Milano Centrale and from there direct trains to Savona or with a change at Genova Principe train station
By train: From Milan, Turin, Venice, Rome and Genoa: all the trains directed to Ventimiglia, Imperia and Savona, From Nice (Nizza) and Ventimiglia: all the trains directed to Milan, Turin, Venice, Rome, Genoa and Savona. Make sure you validate your train ticket at the validating machines before boarding your train.
car: The cruisers who leave from Savona have at their disposal
a wide parking area (special rate for guests of Costa Cruises),
information, services and a maritime station which is comfortable
For guests of the Costa Cruises: From the Genova Porta Principe train station you can use a private bus transfer service from 1:30 pm, which should be booked in advance through your travel agent. Note: If no reservations have been made, this service will not be available.
Tip: if you are planning an overnight in Savona, you may like to stay at the pretty village of Spotorno, west of Savona, and easy to be reached by bus or taxi.
Cruise calendar for this port.
Map of the city.
Watch a destination video.
Savona's Medieval historic center is clearly Ligurian in its layout, complete with carruggi and houses within towers. Its buildings are of great historical importance not least for their architecture: the State Archives house the first document written in the Ligurian vernacular (the Dichiarazione di Paxia, 1178-1182).
Above the old town is the huge Priamàr fortress, built in 1528 by the Genoese as a sign of their superiority over the defeated Savonese. These days it houses four major museums. La Torretta is a tower built in the 14th century, it is strategically placed at the entrance of the harbor and is nowadays considered the real symbol of the town. Rintocchi e Memorie is a monument to those who died in War World I. It is the main feature of Piazza Mameli. A tradition, unique in Italy, is renewed every day at 6 pm hen the bell chimes 21 times and everybody is expected to stop and remember all those died in the war. The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption was built under the direction of B. Sormano between 1589 and 1605 to replace the old church of St. Francis of 1259. The Piazza del Brandale is the heart of the old town. The palace from which the Aldermen ruled the town is located in the square. Inside there are sculptures, paintings and frescoes.
The tourist office is at Corso Italia, 157 r.
Taxis are plenty and are offering tours.
Its not all seafood at Savona. The hills are so close and the countryside so rich that mountain cooking has infiltrated the local cuisine. 'Tripe in broth' might not be what you are looking for but it was traditionally the lunch preferred by hungry fishermen and the port workers. The meat may have come from the Piemontese breed of cows who do well in the rugged slopes. Fruits of the forest such as mushrooms, chestnuts and truffles also feature in local cooking, as does asparagus and artichokes cultivated along the coast at Albenga.
Internet point (37 monitors) available at the cruise terminal. Also a small internet/WiFi cafe about 100 meters from the terminal. You will not miss it when walking to town.
Emergency number: 112
Most shops and businesses in Italy
open from Monday to Saturday from around 8am until 1pm, and from
about 4pm until 7pm, though many shops close on Saturday afternoons
and Monday mornings, and in the south the day can begin and end an
hour later. In the north some businesses work to a 9am-5pm day to
facilitate international dealings. Traditionally, everything except
bars and restaurants closes on Sunday, though most towns have a pasticceria
open in the mornings, while in large cities and tourist areas, Sunday
opening is becoming more common. Most bookstores are open on Sunday in Savona.
January 1 (New Year's Day)
January 6 (Epiphany)
Pasquetta (Easter Monday)
April 25 (Liberation Day)
May 1 (Labour Day)
August 15 ( Ferragosto ; Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
November 1 ( Ognissanti ; All Souls Day)
December 8 ( Immaccolata ; Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
December 25 ( Natale ; Christmas)
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