Serravalle Scrivia

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Serravalle Scrivia
Comune di Serravalle Scrivia
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Coat of arms of Serravalle Scrivia
Coat of arms
Serravalle Scrivia is located in Italy
Serravalle Scrivia
Serravalle Scrivia
Location of Serravalle Scrivia in Italy
Coordinates: 44°44′N 8°51′E / 44.733°N 8.850°E / 44.733; 8.850
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Province / Metropolitan city Alessandria (AL)
Frazioni Ca' del Sole, Crenna Inferiore, Crenna Superiore, Lastrico, Libarna, Zerbe
 • Mayor Alberto Carbone
 • Total 16.0 km2 (6.2 sq mi)
Elevation 225 m (738 ft)
Population (31 August 2007[1])
 • Total 6,209
 • Density 390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Serravallesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 15069
Dialing code 0143
Patron saint St. Martin of Tours
Saint day 11 November
Website Official website

Serravalle Scrivia is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Alessandria in the Italian region of Piedmont, located about 100 kilometres (62 mi) southeast of Turin and about 25 kilometres (16 mi) southeast of Alessandria.

Serravalle Scrivia borders the following municipalities: Arquata Scrivia, Cassano Spinola, Gavi, Novi Ligure, Stazzano, and Vignole Borbera.


The settlement was probably founded by the inhabitants of the Roman city of Libarna after the destruction of that city in 452 AD.

From 1122 Serravalle Scrivia belonged to the bishops of Tortona, until they ceded it to the commune of Tortona, in exchange for the defence of their lands. Later it was an imperial fief, belonging to the Spinola (1313), the Visconti (1381), the Adorno (1391), and the Spinola again from 1482. In 1580 it became part of the Spanish-held Duchy of Milan; after the War of Spanish Succession, in 1713, it became part of the Austrian Empire.

In 1738, together with the Tortona area, the settlement was acquired by the Kingdom of Sardinia-Piedmont. In 1745, in the course of the War of Austrian Succession, it was briefly occupied by Franco-Spanish troops. In 1798, after the Napoleonic invasion of Piedmont, it was annexed to the Ligurian Republic; the French, who had conquered Serravalle after the battle of Marengo, had its castle destroyed. In 1815 the Congress of Vienna restored the town to the House of Savoy.

In 1935 the Autostrada A7 (Genoa-Serravalle) was inaugurated, this became the fastest connection from Turin and Milan to the sea.

In geology, the Serravallian Age of the Miocene Epoch is named for Serravalle Scrivia.


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

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