Arquata Scrivia

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Arquata Scrivia
Comune di Arquata Scrivia
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Coat of arms of Arquata Scrivia
Coat of arms
Arquata Scrivia is located in Italy
Arquata Scrivia
Arquata Scrivia
Location of Arquata Scrivia in Italy
Coordinates: 44°41′N 8°53′E / 44.683°N 8.883°E / 44.683; 8.883
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Province / Metropolitan city Alessandria (AL)
Frazioni Rigoroso, Sottovalle, Varinella, Vocemola
 • Mayor Alberto Basso
 • Total 23.4 km2 (9.0 sq mi)
Elevation 248 m (814 ft)
Population (30 September 2014[1])
 • Total 6,323
 • Density 270/km2 (700/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Arquatesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 15061
Dialing code 0143
Website Official website

Arquata Scrivia is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Alessandria in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 100 kilometres (62 mi) southeast of Turin and about 35 kilometres (22 mi) southeast of Alessandria.

Arquata Scrivia borders the following municipalities: Gavi, Grondona, Isola del Cantone, Serravalle Scrivia, and Vignole Borbera.


It is located on the left bank of the Scrivia river. the name derives from the Latin arcuata (arched), due to the presence of an aqueduct supplying the nearby Roman town of Libarna, on the Via Postumia.

It is mentioned as a castrum (fortress) in the 11th century, and later was contended between the Republic of Genoa and the commune of Tortona: after they signed a peaca in 1227, they dismantled the castle. In 1313 it was given by emperor Henry VII the Genoese family of the Spinola, who were named marquisses of the town in 1641. Three years later Arquata obtained also the right to strike coins of its own.

It was sacked by French troops in 1796. The following year it was annexed to the Ligurian Republic. After the fall of Napoleon Bonaparte, it became part of the Kingdom of Sardinia-Piedmont.


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

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