Balestrino (Ligurian: Barestin or Balestrin) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Savona in the Italian region Liguria, located about 70 kilometres (43 mi) southwest of Genoa and about 30 kilometres (19 mi) southwest of Savona. As of 31 December 2011, it had a population of 607[1] and an area of 11.3 square kilometres (4.4 sq mi).[1]

Balestrino
Comune di Balestrino
View of the old town
View of the old town
Balestrino within the Province of Savona
Balestrino within the Province of Savona
Location of Balestrino
Balestrino is located in Italy
Balestrino
Balestrino
Location of Balestrino in Italy
Balestrino is located in Liguria
Balestrino
Balestrino
Balestrino (Liguria)
Coordinates: 44°7′29.48″N 8°10′28.1″E / 44.1248556°N 8.174472°E / 44.1248556; 8.174472Coordinates: 44°7′29.48″N 8°10′28.1″E / 44.1248556°N 8.174472°E / 44.1248556; 8.174472
CountryItaly
RegionLiguria
ProvinceSavona (SV)
FrazioniBergalla, Borgo, Cuneo, Poggio
Area
 • Total11.3 km2 (4.4 sq mi)
Population
 (31 December 2011)[3]
 • Total607[1]
DemonymBalestrinesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
17020
Dialing code0182
WebsiteOfficial website

HistoryEdit

Balestrino is composed by the old historic town, upon a hill, and the new town below it. Abandoned in 1953 for hydrogeological instability, the old centre is a ghost town[4][5] whereas the modern center is still inhabited today.

GeographyEdit

Balestrino borders the following municipalities: Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena, Ceriale, Cisano sul Neva, Toirano, and Zuccarello. It counts the hamlets (frazioni) of Bergalla, Borgo, Cuneo, and Poggio.

DemographicsEdit

GalleryEdit

OtherEdit

  • There are small medieval and renaissance crossbows known as balestrino crossbows (aka assassins crossbows).[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c (in Italian) Source Archived July 1, 2011, at the Wayback Machine : ISTAT 2011
  2. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  4. ^ Article and documentary about Balestrino (English version)
  5. ^ (in Italian) Article and documentary about Balestrino (Italian version)
  6. ^ "Balestrino crossbow".

External linksEdit

  Media related to Balestrino at Wikimedia Commons   Balestrino travel guide from Wikivoyage