Arquata Scrivia

Arquata Scrivia (local dialect: Auquâ) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Alessandria in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 100 kilometres (62 mi) southeast of Turin and about 35 kilometres (22 mi) southeast of Alessandria.

Arquata Scrivia

Comune di Arquata Scrivia
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Coat of arms of Arquata Scrivia
Coat of arms
Location of Arquata Scrivia
Arquata Scrivia is located in Italy
Arquata Scrivia
Arquata Scrivia
Location of Arquata Scrivia in Italy
Arquata Scrivia is located in Piedmont
Arquata Scrivia
Arquata Scrivia
Arquata Scrivia (Piedmont)
Coordinates: 44°41′N 8°53′E / 44.683°N 8.883°E / 44.683; 8.883
ProvinceAlessandria (AL)
FrazioniRigoroso, Sottovalle, Varinella, Vocemola
 • MayorAlberto Basso
 • Total23.4 km2 (9.0 sq mi)
248 m (814 ft)
 (30 September 2014[2])[3]
 • Total6,323
 • Density270/km2 (700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0143
WebsiteOfficial website

Arquata Scrivia borders the following municipalities: Gavi, Grondona, Isola del Cantone, Serravalle Scrivia, and Vignole Borbera.


It is located on the left bank of the Scrivia river. The name derives from the Latin arcuata (arched), due to the presence of an aqueduct supplying the nearby Roman town of Libarna, on the Via Postumia.

It is mentioned as a castrum (fortress) in the 11th century, and later was contended between the Republic of Genoa and the commune of Tortona: after they signed a peace in 1227, they dismantled the castle. In 1313 it was given by emperor Henry VII to the Genoese Spinola family, who were named marquisses of the town in 1641. Three years later Arquata obtained also the right to strike coins of its own.

It was sacked by French troops in 1796. The following year it was annexed to the Ligurian Republic. After the fall of Napoleon Bonaparte, it became part of the Kingdom of Sardinia-Piedmont. During the First World War, a team of Red Cross nurses headed by Mrs Marie Watkins used the theatre at Arquata Scrivia as a recreation room and canteen for British soldiers.


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  3. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.

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