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Sampierdarena da Coronata 01.jpg
The West Central municipio is marked in pink
Location of the province of Genoa
Villa Scassi park
The port nears completion
Old postcard of the beach
The Torre Sole in the Fiumara development

Sampierdarena (also San Pier d'Arena; Ligurian: San Pè d'ænn-a) is a major port and industrial area of Genoa, in northwest Italy. With San Teodoro it forms the West Central (Centro Ovest) municipio.


Sampierdarena lies on the coast about 4 kilometres (2 miles) west of the centre of Genoa. In 2000 the population was 67,741.


Sampierdarena was an ancient fishing village, named after the church of San Pietro d'Arena ("St. Peter of the Sand"). During the Renaissance it became a residential area, with great palaces being built such as the Palazzo Imperiale Scassi, designed by Domenico and Giovanni Ponzello according to the style of Galeazzo Alessi and for this reason believed in the past to be a work of Alessi himself and the Palazzo Spinola di San Pietro (whose designer is unknown), one of those drawn by the painter Peter Paul Rubens in the book Palazzi di Genova, published in Antwerp in 1622. After the coming of the railways (1854) it became one of the great industrial centres of Italy. Gio. Ansaldo & C. was one of the leading companies of the area involved in shipbuilding and armaments, before it was finally taken over by Finmeccanica in 1993.

In 1926 the comune of Sampierdarena was absorbed by Greater Genoa, becoming in 1969 a delegazione, and in 1978 a circoscrizione of the city. At present it is part of the Genoa's city Municipio II (Centro Ovest), together with the neighbourhood of San Teodoro.


Historically the area was dominated by heavy industry such as shipbuilding.

Notes and references[edit]

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Sampierdarena". Encyclopædia Britannica. 24 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 118–119. 

Coordinates: 44°25′N 8°54′E / 44.417°N 8.900°E / 44.417; 8.900

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