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Lavagna

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Lavagna is a tourist port city in the curving stretch of the Italian Riviera di Levante, called the Gulf of Tigullio, in the Metropolitan City of Genoa in Liguria. The borgo of Lavagna was an important Ligurian cultural center in the Middle Ages. Today its long straight beach is a summer resort.HistoryLavagna developed in Roman times as Lavania. According to some historians, it was seat of a countship since Carolingian times. From 1198 it was a fief of the Fieschi family, who used Lavagna as their stronghold in the numerous inner struggles of the Republic of Genoa.In 1564 it was sacked by the muslim pirate Occhiali, a renegade Christian, who was appointed pasha of Algiers four years later. From 1815 it was part of the Kingdom of Sardinia, and, later, of the Kingdom of Italy.Main sightsBasilica of Santo Stefano Basilica of Santa Giulia Sanctuary of Nostra Signora del Ponte, with the nearby bridge. It was enlarged by the Fieschi Pope Innocent IV, being consecrated in 1492. It has been largely renovated in the 19th century. According to the tradition, Dante Alighieri crossed the bridge during his voyage to France.Torre del Borgo, a Medieval tower now housing the local art gallery.
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