This article is about the Italian city. For the Argentine politician, see Roberto Lavagna. For the Italian river, see Lavagna (river).
Città di Lavagna

Coat of arms

Location of Lavagna in Italy

Coordinates: 44°19′N 09°20′E / 44.317°N 9.333°E / 44.317; 9.333Coordinates: 44°19′N 09°20′E / 44.317°N 9.333°E / 44.317; 9.333
Country Italy
Region Liguria
Province / Metropolitan city Genoa (GE)
Frazioni Barassi, Cavi di Lavagna, Santa Giulia di Centaura, Sorlana
  Mayor Paolo D'Attilio (commissar)
  Total 13.7 km2 (5.3 sq mi)
Elevation 6 m (20 ft)
Population (30 September 2012)[1]
  Total 12,510
  Density 910/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Lavagnesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 16033
Dialing code 0185
Patron saint Madonna del Carmine
Saint day 16 July
Website Official website

Lavagna is a tourist port city in the curving stretch of the Italian Riviera di Levante, called the Gulf of Tigullio, in the Metropolitan City of Genoa in Liguria. The borgo of Lavagna was an important Ligurian cultural center in the Middle Ages. Today its long straight beach is a summer resort.

Torre del Borgo in Lavagna.


Lavagna developed in Roman times as Lavania. According to some historians, it was seat of a countship since Carolingian times. From 1198 it was a fief of the Fieschi family, who used Lavagna as their stronghold in the numerous inner struggles of the Republic of Genoa.

In 1564 it was sacked by the African pirate Dragut. From 1815 it was part of the Kingdom of Sardinia, and, later, of the Kingdom of Italy.

The mayor of Lavagna, Giuseppe Sanguineti, was arrested on 20 June 2016 due Mafia affairs.[2]

Main sights

Basilica of Santo Stefano.


The city recreates neo-medieval festivities annually as the "Torta dei Fieschi", which has been recreating (since 1949) the festivities that surrounded the wedding in 1230 of Opizzo Fieschi, Conte di Lavagna, older brother of Sinibaldo, future Pope Innocent IV, with the Sienese patrician Bianca de' Bianchi. A colorful cortege through the streets reunites the inhabitants of the six medieval quarters (sestieri) of Lavagna, as the gigantic cake is distributed among those in the crowd who have found the matching half of their tickets.

The characteristic shale that provides roofing "slates" in Liguria was traditionally quarried in the Capenardo and S. Giacomo mountains nearby.


See also


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