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... his nephew Giulio II (1503-1513), Savona entered into its most intense period in history called "Roveresco Renaissance". During this time numerous building works changed the face of this city, which are credited with influencing some of the monumental characteristics of structures in Rome. Sisto IV ordered the erection of the Sistine Chapel in Savona in 1481 to house his parents tomb. It is not nearly as large nor ornate as the chapel in Rome but, nonetheless, a beautiful ...
We are at sea today writing this portion of the blog as we head for Casablanca, Morocco on the northwest coast of Africa. Savona was a surprisingly delightful Italian port city. Most passengers disembarked, having come to the end of their cruise to Istanbul. Many more passengers embarked so the ship is full for the voyage to Argentina. English-speaking people are few and far between. We are relaxed and happy. Here is a glimpse of Savona from our ...
... Surfers out but not much to catch. Train trip 2 1/2 hrs 6.90€ but only 75km. Milk run. Everything seemed closed an Monterossa- season over. Walked around and saw a sign i recognised from Lonely Planet which turned out to be a letting agency. Took me to block of units- 3 storey with 4 units per level and each unit seems split into 5 separate rooms each with ensuites. Would be noisy and crowded in season but only saw one other person. ...
... are the pillars but the altar area is of 16-17th century baroque with the most elaborate gilded mouldings & painted ceilings & a series of ancient damaged frescoes interspersed with much later religious scenes. On the southern side is the most ornate chapel with fine statues all around it. In the museum they have a most ornate 11th century gilded arc, the plate on which John the Baptist's head was served up & ...
... old fashioned in this respect I guess... For antipasti, we began with an octopus salad, potatoes, parsley and lemon; and mosciame with tomatoes and oregano, lots of oregano! The octopus was extremely tender and nicely textured, with small potatoes, fresh parsley and a lemon wedge on the top. Despite needing some salt, the dish was quite enjoyable, and went very well with the Ciliegiolo rosé we had ordered. Ciliegiolo is a grape typically from Tuscany whose ...