Alassio (Ligurian: Arasce[3]) is a town and comune in the province of Savona situated in the western coast of Liguria, Northern Italy, approximately 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the French border.

Alassio
Città di Alassio
Alassio from Cape Mele
Alassio from Cape Mele
Coat of arms of Alassio
Coat of arms
Location of Alassio
Alassio is located in Italy
Alassio
Alassio
Location of Alassio in Italy
Alassio is located in Liguria
Alassio
Alassio
Alassio (Liguria)
Coordinates: 44°00′N 08°10′E / 44.000°N 8.167°E / 44.000; 8.167
CountryItaly
RegionLiguria
ProvinceSavona (SV)
FrazioniMoglio, Solva, Caso
Government
 • MayorEnzo Canepa (since 27 May 2013) (Right wing)
Area
 • Total17 km2 (7 sq mi)
Elevation
6 m (20 ft)
Population
 (31 December 2015)[2]
 • Total10,934
 • Density640/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Alassino(i)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
17021
Dialing code0182
Patron saintSt. Ambrose
Saint day7 December
WebsiteOfficial website

Alassio is known for its natural and scenic views. The town centre is crossed by a pedestrianised cobbled road known as the Budello.

The town has sandy beaches, blue sea and many bars and restaurants on the sea front. Alassio has also a pier known as "Molo di Alassio" or "Pontile Bestoso" which offers views of the town.

Alassio is situated on the Riviera di Ponente coast, and it has a small tourist port (porticciolo) named "Luca Ferrari". It was also known as a health resort in winter and a bathing place in summer, and has many hotels.[4]

HeritageEdit

The English composer Edward Elgar wrote a concert-overture called In the South (Alassio) whilst staying on holiday in Alassio in the winter of 1903–04.[5]

Alassio is featured as the location for a holiday in the 1944 film The Children Are Watching Us. It is also the location of some scenes of The Pleasure Garden (film), The Snorkel and Inkheart (film).

The painter Felix Nussbaum (1904–1944) stayed in Alassio in 1934 and it appears on many of his lighter paintings. The painters Helen Frankenthaler and her husband Robert Motherwell summered and worked there in 1960.

International relationsEdit

Twin towns – Sister citiesEdit

Alassio is twinned with:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ Frisoni, Gaetano (1910). Dizionario Genovese-Italiano e Italiano-Genovese (in Italian). Genoa: Nuova Editrice Genovese.
  4. ^ Chisholm 1911.
  5. ^ Kennedy 1987, p. 162.

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