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Chiavari is a small town in the province of Genoa, Italy. It has about 28,000 inhabitants. It is situated near the mouth of the Entella River.HistoryPre-Roman and Roman EraA pre-Roman necropolis, which dates from the 8th to 7th century BC, has been uncovered in the area where Chiavari is located now. Chiavari grew up on the traces of a Roman camp on the Via Aurelia.Medieval EraA castle was constructed in 1147. 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 Innocent IV.The cathedral was rebuilt in 1613. Known famously as a center of ancient humanistic tradition, Chiavari has a public library with a collection of manuscripts and incunabula. 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 an Art Academy, and Giuseppe Gregorio Solari, translator of many Latin poets.1800sFrom 1805 to 1814, Chiavari served as the capital of the short-lived Apennins Departments of France of the First French Empire. Chiavari is the home of the Chiavari chair designed in 1807 by a local, Giuseppe Gaetano Descalzi. The chair was a success and led to the opening of many factories in Chiavari and surrounding towns. So distinctive is this design that Chiavari presented a pair to Pope Leo XIII as a gift when the city became a diocese in 1893. Chiavari railway station was opened in 1868; it is located in a passageway between the town centre and the beach-side.Use our Italy vacation planner to arrange the hows, wheres, and whens of your trip to Chiavari.
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