|Comune di Albissola Marina|
|• Mayor||Nicolò Vicenz|
|• Total||3.2 km2 (1.2 sq mi)|
|Elevation||3 m (10 ft)|
|Population (31 December 2011)|
|• Density||1,700/km2 (4,500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Albissola Marina is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Savona in the Italian region Liguria, located about 35 kilometres (22 mi) west of Genoa and about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) northeast of Savona.
Albissola Marina was a settlement of the Ingauni (a tribe of the Ligures), later conquered by the Romans and called Alba Docilia (now in the communal territory of Albisola Superiore). During the fall of the Western Roman Empire, barbaric invasions led to the division of the town in two different boroughs, one on the seaside and another at the hills' feet.
In the High Middle Ages it was part of the county of Vado, and then of the marquisate of Savona and that of Albisola (1122). In the early 12th century the two Albissolas founded a joined commune whose main activities included trading, agriculture, fishing and ceramics production; after years of struggle, it went under the Genoese control starting from 1251. In 1343 Albisola, together with the communes of Celle Ligure and Varazze, swore allegiance to the Republic of Genoa, to which they remained (with a certain degree of autonomy) until 1797, when the area was conquered by the Napoleonic troops.
- Parish church of Nostra Signora della Concordia (16th century, with an early 20th-century façade). It houses sculptures by Anton Maria Maragliano (17th century)
- Oratory of St. Joseph (17th century)
- Villa Faraggiana, an 18th-century patrician villa built by the Durazzo family.
- Lungomare degli artisti ("Seaside of the Artists"), including about 1 kilometre (0.6 mi) of mosaics executed in 1963 by artists such as Giuseppe Capogrossi, Roberto Crippa, Agenore Fabbri, Lucio Fontana, Wifredo Lam, Aligi Sassu, Eliseo Salino and Asger Jorn.
- All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
- dalla Guida d'Italia-Liguria del Touring Club Italiano. Milan: Mondadori. 2007.
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