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Comune di Torriglia
Coat of arms of Torriglia
Coat of arms
Torriglia is located in Italy
Location of Torriglia in Italy
Coordinates: 44°31′N 9°10′E / 44.517°N 9.167°E / 44.517; 9.167Coordinates: 44°31′N 9°10′E / 44.517°N 9.167°E / 44.517; 9.167
Country Italy
Region Liguria
Province / Metropolitan city Genoa (GE)
Frazioni Bavastri, Casaleggio, Cavorsi, Donetta, Garaventa, Laccio, Marzano, Pentema
 • Mayor Maurizio Beltrami
 • Total 58.8 km2 (22.7 sq mi)
Elevation 769 m (2,523 ft)
Population (31 July 2015)[1]
 • Total 2,321
 • Density 39/km2 (100/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Torrigliesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 16029
Dialing code 010
Patron saint Nostra Signora della Divina Provvidenza
Saint day Last Sunday in August
Website Official website

Torriglia (Ligurian: Torriggia) is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Genoa in the Italian region Liguria, located in the upper Trebbia valley, about 20 kilometres (12 mi) northeast of Genoa.

Church of Sant'Onorato in Torriglia.

Torriglia borders the following municipalities: Davagna, Lorsica, Lumarzo, Mocònesi, Montebruno, Montoggio, Neirone, Propata, Rondanina, Valbrevenna.


The town was probably founded in Roman times. In the Middle Ages it was a possession of the Bobbio Abbey, and then (1227) of the Malaspina and (mid-14th century) of the Fieschi, who built a castle here. Later it was under the Republic of Genoa, and Torriglia was involved in the wars between Guelphs and Ghibellines, causing its siege by the Genoese in 1432. In 1548 it was acquired by the Doria family, who held it until the Napoleonic invasion of 1797.

In 1815 Torriglia became part of the Kingdom of Sardinia and, from 1861, of the unified Kingdom of Italy. During World War II it was the seat of partisan resistance.

Main sights[edit]

  • The Castle
  • Church of Sant'Onorato di Arles.
  • Oratory of St. Vincent.



Economy is mostly based on agriculture and cattle raising.


Torriglia lies on the State Road 45 of Val Trebbia, connecting Genoa to Piacenza. A7 and A12 Highways can be reached from Busalla, which is also the seat of the nearest railway station.


Torriglia is popularly known as the UFO capital of Italy, due to the numerous "contacts" that occurred in its territory during the 1970s, which had as protagonist Pier Fortunato Zanfretta. Torriglia is known for the Canestrelletto, a small short-pastry cookie. It has the shape of a six pointed star, with a hole in the middle and a dusting of icing sugar, it even has a Festival in its honour, "Festa del Canestrelletto", held every year from 1998 in which all Producers of "Il Canestrelletto di Torriglia"® take part


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

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