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Comune di Chiavari
View of Chiavari
View of Chiavari
Coat of arms of Chiavari
Coat of arms
Chiavari is located in Italy
Location of Chiavari in Italy
Coordinates: 44°19′N 9°20′E / 44.317°N 9.333°E / 44.317; 9.333Coordinates: 44°19′N 9°20′E / 44.317°N 9.333°E / 44.317; 9.333
Metropolitan cityGenoa (GE)
FrazioniCampodonico, Sanguineto, Sant'Andrea di Rovereto, Caperana, Maxena, Ri, San Pier di Canne
 • MayorMarco di Capua
 • Total12 km2 (5 sq mi)
Elevation5 m (16 ft)
Population (30 June 2017)[1]
 • Total27,448
 • Density2,300/km2 (5,900/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code16043
Dialing code0185
WebsiteOfficial website

Chiavari (Ligurian: Ciävai [ˈtʃaːvaj]) (Italian pronunciation: [ˈkjavari]) is a town in the Metropolitan City of Genoa, northern Italy.[2] It has about 28,000 inhabitants. It is situated near the mouth of the river Entella.[2]


Chiavari Castle

Pre-Roman and Roman Era[edit]

A pre-Roman necropolis, which dates from the 8th to 7th century BC, has been uncovered in the area where Chiavari is located now.[3] Chiavari grew up on the traces of a Roman camp on the Via Aurelia.

Medieval Era[edit]

A castle was constructed in 1147.[2] The old town contains numerous arcades and buildings from the 13th century, including a castle, several mansions, and the nearby Church of San Salvatore di Lavagna, which was founded in 1224 by Innocent IV.

The cathedral was rebuilt in 1613. Known famously as a center of ancient humanistic tradition, Chiavari has a public library with a collection of manuscripts and incunabula. After the discovery of the conspiracy of the Fieschi, in 1542, and the capture of Chiavari by the Counts of Lavagna, the town suffered much, being associated with the conspirators. Among its illustrious citizens were: Luca Cantiano di Moneglia, founder of an Art Academy, and Giuseppe Gregorio Solari, translator of many Latin poets.

19th century[edit]

From 1805 to 1814, Chiavari served as the capital of the short-lived Apennins Departments of France of the First French Empire. Chiavari is the home of the Chiavari chair designed in 1807 by a local, Giuseppe Gaetano Descalzi. The chair was a success and led to the opening of many factories in Chiavari and surrounding towns. So distinctive is this design that Chiavari presented a pair to Pope Leo XIII as a gift when the city became a diocese in 1893.[4] Chiavari railway station was opened in 1868; it is located in a passageway between the town centre and the beach-side.


Colonia Fara building was built in 1935 during the Fascist regime.

Main sights[edit]

  • Cathedral of Nostra Signora dell'Orto (17th century)
  • Sanctuary of Madonna dell'Olivo (15th century)
  • Church of San Giovanni Battista (11th century)
  • Church San Giacomo di Rupinaro (9th century)
  • Palazzo Rocca (15th century)


In 2014 the team football team Virtus Entella was promoted in the Italian Serie B for the first time in history and was relegated back to the third division after 4 years in 2018.



  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. ^ a b c Wikisource Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Chiavari". Encyclopædia Britannica. 6 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 118.
  3. ^ An advanced civilization and a cosmological city could be present at the time of the necropolis.
  4. ^ "History and famous people Chiavari". Archived from the original on 2015-11-25. Retrieved 2015-11-24.

External links[edit]

Media related to Chiavari at Wikimedia Commons