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Comune di Chiavari
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Chiavari is located in Italy
Location of Chiavari in Italy
Coordinates: 44°19′N 9°20′E / 44.317°N 9.333°E / 44.317; 9.333Coordinates: 44°19′N 9°20′E / 44.317°N 9.333°E / 44.317; 9.333
Country Italy
Region Liguria
Province Genoa (GE)
Frazioni Campodonico, Sanguineto, Sant'Andrea di Rovereto, Caperana, Ri, San Pier di Canne
 - Total 12.1 km2 (4.7 sq mi)
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Population (31 May 2010)[1]
 - Total 27,683
 - Density 2,287.9/km2 (5,925.5/sq mi)
Demonym Chiavaresi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 16043
Dialing code 0185
Patron saint Nostra Signora dell'Orto
Saint day 2 July
Website Official website

Chiavari is a town and comune on the Italian Riviera in the Province of Genoa, region of Liguria. It is situated near the mouth of the Entella River, in the center of a fertile plain surrounded by mountains except on the southwest, where it comes down to the Mediterranean Sea. Tourist interest in this town is due to the very clean sea (Blue Flag for clean waters from 1987 until today) and to the expansion of its historical center, that includes typical Genoese style palaces of great value.

As of 2007, the town had approximately 28,000 inhabitants.



Panoramic view from Chiavari's Castle

Chiavari is situated near the mouth of the Entella River. It lies in a fertile plain surrounded by hills, with the sea to the southwest. It is a tourist center and regional market for agricultural produce. Chair making, lace and silk manufacture, and slate working are also part of its economy.


Via Martiri della Liberazione
Castello di Chiavari
Auditorium San Francesco

Chiavari grew up on the traces of a Roman camp on the Via Aurelia. A pre-Roman necropolis, which dates from the 8th to 7th century BC, has been uncovered there. The old town contains numerous arcades and buildings from the 13th century, including a castle, several mansions, and the nearby Church of San Salvatore di Lavagna, which was founded in 1224 by Pope Innocent IV. The cathedral, was later rebuilt in 1613. Known famously as a center of ancient humanistic tradition, Chiavari has a public library with a collection of manuscripts and incunabula. The beauty of the city is much enhanced by the churches of the Madonna dell'Orto, San Francesco, and San Giovanni. After the discovery of the conspiracy of the Fieschi, in 1542, and the capture of Chiavari by the Counts of Lavagna, the town suffered much, being associated with the conspirators. Among its illustrious citizens were: Luca Cantiano di Moneglia, founder of a school of painting, and Giuseppe Gregorio Solari, translator of many Latin poets. From 1805-1814, Chiavari served as the capital of the short-lived Apennins department of the First French Empire.

Places of interest

  • Auditorium San Francesco: Built between 1229–1234, the church now belongs to the comune of Chiavari.
  • Santuario di Nostra Signora dell'Orto: Finished in 1633, the cathedral is the town's main place of worship.
  • Castello di Chiavari: The Medieval castle was originally built in 1146.
  • Palazzo Rocca: The palace has an important art gallery of Genoese art.


Chiavari railway station was opened in 1868. It is located in a passageway between the town centre and the promenade, and forms part of the Pisa–La Spezia–Genoa railway.



  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.

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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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