Lavagna is a delightful city on the Ligurian coast, the crescent-shaped slice of land that abuts the French border. The stretch of Mediterranean seafront is known as the Italian Riviera, making it a popular spot, yet Lavagna is relatively unknown despite its charm. It lies between Genova and La Spezia.
Basilica di Santo Stefano, a church of very ancient origins, was built on the remains of the large fortress. The overall structure is still of the late Renaissance type: the interior with three naves, supported by coupled columns, is embellished with polychrome marble that adorn the walls; the eleven altars are decorated with paintings by various famous painters.