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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
Country Italy
Region Liguria
Province Genoa (GE)
Frazioni Campodonico, Sanguineto, Sant'Andrea di Rovereto, Caperana, Ri, San Pier di Canne
 • Mayor Roberto Levaggi (PdL)
 • Total 12.1 km2 (4.7 sq mi)
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Population (31 May 2010)[1]
 • Total 27,683
 • Density 2,300/km2 (5,900/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Chiavaresi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 16043
Dialing code 0185
Website Official website

Chiavari is a small town in the Province of Genoa, Italy. It has about 28,000 inhabitants. It is situated near the Entella River.


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 zone where is Chiavari now. Chiavari grew up on the traces of a Roman camp on the Via Aurelia.

Medieval Era[edit]

The castle was constructed in the 1146. 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.[2] Chiavari railway station was opened in 1868; it is located in a passageway between the town centre and the beach-side.

20th century[edit]

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

21st century[edit]

After a huge decline in the last twenty years, has been sold to private investors and will become a luxury hotel by 2018.


In 2014 the team football team Virtus Entella was promoted in the Italian Serie B for the first time in history.


  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. ^ "History and famous people Chiavari". Retrieved 2015-11-24. 

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