Located on the Italian Riviera, between Genoa and La Spezia, in a flat area, Chiavari is characterized by the fusion of structures linked to various historical periods and styles: medieval, XIX and early XX century.
The earliest traces of human settlements in the area date back to the VIII-VII century b.C. In the XII century the city reached its autonomy when the Republic of Genoa proclaimed an expansionary policy over the Eastern areas. In the XVIII the city flourished with an economic and cultural splendor and in 1791 an Economic Society for the Promotion of craft, culture and agriculture was founded and, in the same period, Chiavari became the seat of the Governorate of the Republic of Genoa.
The Church of San Giacomo, that preserves paintings of the artist Giovanni Battista Carlone and a marble altar by Bernardo Schiaffino.
Palazzo Gagliardo and Palazzo Marana (del'700).
Piazza Mazzini with the Town Council Palace and the square Tower of the Citadel.
Palazzo Torriglia ('600).
The Church of San Giovanni with the paintings of Domenico Piola, Orazio De Ferrari and Domenico Fiasella, frescoes by Giovanni Battista Carlone and the wooden crucifix by Antonio Maria Maragliano.
The Palace of Portici Neri (late medieval).
The Fortress Palace, seat of the Archaeological Museum.
The Church of San Francesco ('600).
Out of town: the Sanctuary of Madonna delle Grazie (XV century).
Abbey Borzone (IX-XIII century) in Borzonasca, about 20 Km
The Basilica of San Salvatore dei Fieschi (XIII century) in Cogorno, 4.5 Km