Taggia

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Taggia
Comune
Comune di Taggia
Taggia vista dalla collina ad est.jpg
Coat of arms of Taggia
Coat of arms
Taggia is located in Italy
Taggia
Taggia
Location of Taggia in Italy
Coordinates: 43°52′N 7°51′E / 43.867°N 7.850°E / 43.867; 7.850
Country Italy
Region Liguria
Province Imperia (IM)
Frazioni Arma di Taggia, Borghi, Levà
Government
 • Mayor Vincenzo Genduso
Area
 • Total 30.87 km2 (11.92 sq mi)
Elevation 39 m (128 ft)
Population (31 December 2005)[1]
 • Total 13,205
 • Density 430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Demonym Taggiaschi or Tabiesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 18018
Dialing code 0184
Patron saint Madonna of the Miracles and St. Benedict Revelli
Saint day Second Saturday in February
Website Official website

Taggia is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Imperia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 110 kilometres (68 miles) southwest of Genoa and about 15 km (9 mi) west of Imperia. It has around 13,000 inhabitants.

Taggia borders the following municipalities: Badalucco, Castellaro, Ceriana, Dolcedo, Pietrabruna, Riva Ligure, and Sanremo.

Geography[edit]

The town is divided into three parts: Taggia proper, the historical centre, in the Valle Argentina; Levà, including the industrial area; and Arma, a sea resort.

History[edit]

Tombs dating from the 10th-7th centuries BC have been found in the area of Taggia. During the Roman domination it was an important commercial port, known as Costa Balenae. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the old centre was damaged by the invasion of Rotharis's Lombards and then by a landslide in 690. The inhabitants moved to a new walled settlement, called Tabia. Despite its defences, in 889 it was sacked and razed to the ground by the Saracens

The rebuilt burgh became in 1153 a fief of the Clavesana family, but soon later it was acquired by the Republic of Genoa. In 1273 it became an autonomous commune, later receiving a podestà named in Genoa, under which it remained until its disappearing in the Napoleonic Wars. Later it was part of the Kingdom of Sardinia (1815) and of the Kingdom of Italy (1861).

Main sights[edit]

  • Basilica of San Giacomo and San Filippo (1675–1681), built on an 11th-century Romanesque church.
  • Church of Santa Maria del Canneto (10th or 14th century).
  • Church of San Martino di Tours, housing 15th-century frescoes.
  • Convent of San Domenico (160–1490). It has some pictures painted by Ludovico Brea.
  • Palazzo Asdente (1473).
  • Palazzo Curlo (1448).
  • Palazzo Vivaldi (1458).

Transport[edit]

Taggia is situated on the Via Aurelia (now a provincial road). It has also a gate on the A10 Highway.

Taggia has a railways station on the Genoa–Ventimiglia line.

References[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.

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