Sestri Levante

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Sestri Levante
Comune
Comune di Sestri Levante
Skyview of Sestri Levante
Skyview of Sestri Levante
Coat of arms of Sestri Levante
Coat of arms
Sestri Levante is located in Italy
Sestri Levante
Sestri Levante
Location of Sestri Levante in Italy
Coordinates: 44°16′N 9°24′E / 44.267°N 9.400°E / 44.267; 9.400
Country Italy
Region Liguria
Province Genoa (GE)
Frazioni Azaro, Balicca Ponterotto, Cascine, Fossa Lupara, Ginestra, Libiola, Loto, Montedomenico, Riva Trigoso, Rovereto, San Quillico, San Bartolomeo, San Bernardo, Santa Margherita di Fossa Lupara, Santa Vittoria di Libiola, Tassani, Trigoso, Vignolo, Villa Arpe, Villa Campomoneto, Villa Carmelo, Villa Costa, Villa Costarossa, Villa Fontane, Villa Manierta, Villa Rocca, Villa Rocche, Villa San Bernardino, Villa Scorza, Villa Staffora, Villa Zarello
Government
 • Mayor Valentina Ghio
Area
 • Total 33.33 km2 (12.87 sq mi)
Elevation 1 m (3 ft)
Population (31 December 2011)[1]
 • Total 18,177
 • Density 550/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Demonym Sestrini
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 16039
Dialing code 0185
Patron saint St. Nicholas and St. John the Baptist
Saint day December 6 and June 24
Website Official website

Sestri Levante (Latin: Segesta Tigullorum / Segesta Tigulliorum) is a town and comune in Liguria, Italy. Lying on the Mediterranean Sea, it is approximately 56 kilometres (35 mi) south of Genoa and is set on a promontory. While nearby Portofino and the Cinque Terre are probably the most well known tourist destinations on the Italian Riviera, Sestri Levante is becoming quite a favorite among Italians. This once quiet fishing village is slowly turning into a tourist hotspot, developing an old and a new town.

Bay of Silence.

Geography[edit]

Sestri Levante is found approximately halfway between Genoa and La Spezia. The town has two bays: Baia delle Favole, (Bay of the Fables), and Baia del Silenzio, the (Bay of Silence). The original part of Sestri Levante is actually on a peninsula, with the Baia del Silenzio (also known as "Portobello") on one side and Baia delle Favole on the other. Baia delle Favole or “Bay of Fairy Tales” was named in honor of Danish writer, Hans Christian Andersen, who lived in Sestri Levante for a short time in 1833.

History[edit]

Sestri Levante has its origins as an ancient maritime and merchant center. Originally a small island with a promontory, it was later connected to the mainland. In Roman times, it was known as Segesta Tigullorum (or Tigulliorum) or simply Segesta. It was mentioned in the year 909 in a certificate of a man named Berengario, in which part of its territory was ceded to the basilica di San Giovanni di Pavia; after it was invaded by the Barbarians. During the Middle Ages, Sestri Levante began to expand, probably giving the fortress appearance that is due to the terrain.

In 1133, the noble family of Lavagna, the Fieschi, attacked Tigullio, the gulf in which Sestri Levante is located, however, they were fought off by the powerful Republic of Genoa, and therefore, Sestri Levante became a part of the republic, for military protection. In the year 1145, the abbey of San Colombano was acquired by the Genoese, and was transformed later into a castle.

In 1170, Sestri Levante was attacked by a naval flotilla from Pisa, but was able to withstand the attack.

Sestri Levante is mentioned by Dante Alighieri (as "Siestri") in Canto 19 of The Divine Comedy.

Sister cities[edit]

The frazione of Riva Trigoso is twinned with:

References[edit]

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

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