The city of Alassio is located in Liguria, in the heart of the flower-filled “Riviera delle Palme”, where the hillside meets the sea. A long-established summer resort area, the old town goes back centuries and offers a welcoming setting for tourists with over 100 beach facilities that nestle against the town beachfront, from Capo Mele to Capo S. Croce.
The Mediterranean around Alassio is crystal-clear and, together with the unique shape of its beach and healthy climate, make it an ideal place not only for families, but also tourists of all ages. It offers a wealth of choices for spending a relaxing day, from olive-grove surrounded Andora and Conna, the old Roman Aurelia road to Santa Croce, along the Via Julia Augusta with its breathtaking view of the bay.
For those in search of the town's history, a visit to the port, the Church of Sant'Ambrogio, the Levi Art Gallery, the small church of Santa Croce with its marvelous view of the gulf, or the West Gallery, are all a must. Another side trip for those visiting Alassio is a walk along its celebrated “Muretto”.
Until World War II it was just a simple wall in the town park, but now, thanks to 500 famous people who have signed its colorful tiles, it has become one of the town’s main attractions.
The port of Alassio is located to the east of the town and is protected by a long pier. Since 2006, the port has received the eco-label Blue Flag of Europe for the quality of its services. The port has three bars, a restaurant and a discotheque. A charming votive chapel overlooks the port.
CHURCH OF SANT’AMBROGIO
The Church of Sant’Ambrogio in Alassio, located in the center of the town, dates back to the 11th century, but it has undergone a number of changes over the years. Today the tall Roman-Gothic bell tower can be seen, together with the Renaissance façade and rich Baroque interior. The courtyard was created using the traditional Ligurian technique of “risseu”.
LEVI ART GALLERY
The Levi Art Gallery, housed in Palazzo Morteo, has on display 22 works by Carlo Levi (1902-1975), Turin writer-painter who chose Alassio as his summer home. The art gallery features as series of landscapes made by the artist during his time in Alassio.
CHURCH OF SANTA CROCE
Santa Croce is located along the old Roman road and was built in the 11th century by the Benedictine Order. The building, made of stone, is constructed on a rock foundation and the remains of its original outside walls can still be seen.
The West Gallery features the works of artist Richard Whateley West (1848-1905) who lived in Alassio starting in 1888, drawing inspiration for his works from the light and dreamlike landscapes of the Ligurian coast. The building also houses the English Library, one of the most important English-language libraries in Italy.
The "Muretto” in Alassio is considered one of the town’s most important monuments. Until the Second World War, it was just a simple wall in the town park, but in the 1950s it began to be decorated with irregularly-shaped tiles. The first tile was placed in 1951 by American writer Ernest Hemingway. This tradition has continued to the current day and approx. 500 names of famous people now adorn the wall.