From the station you reach the town centre going down Via Paleocapa, along which are several important Art Nouveau buildings. After Piazza Saint Bon you come to Piazza Garibaldi; from here take Via Prione, which cuts the old town in two. Alternatively, you can take Viale Garibaldi, lined with plane trees, on your right. Just a short distance along it stands the church of Nostra Signora della Neve (Our Lady of the Snow), designed by Giuseppe Ferrari D’Orsara in 1901. Going down Via Prione you reach the small square named after Ramiro Ginocchio. On the right is Via dei Mille, which leads to the market square, Piazza Cavour, and after that you come to the L.R. Rosaia Arts Palace (“Palazzina delle Arti”) which houses the Special Art and Archaeology Library and the Civic Seals Museum, as well as hosting important temporary exhibitions. Next to this is the Amedeo Lia Civic Museum, with its treasure trove of art, in the building which was originally the convent of San Francesco di Paola, founded in the 17th century. Then you arrive at the deconsecrated oratory of San Bernardino, the first record of which we have in 15th century documents, and which is today the home of the Diocesan and Ethnographic Museums. Continuing down Via Prione, you come to the lift which takes you up to Via XX Settembre near the G. Capellini Lunigiana Science Academy, whose interesting building was designed by the Futurist architect, Manlio Costa. From here you can take a second lift up to Via XXVII Marzo, which delivers you right outside the Castle of San Giorgio, the prestigious home of the Civic Archaeological Collections. Going back onto Via Prione, on your right you have the narrow Via Biassa, leading to Piazza Beverini, which was once the Town Hall square. Here stands the church of Santa Maria Assunta (Our Lady of the Assumption), which was damaged during the Second World War. We recommend you take a look inside at the glazed terracotta panel showing The Coronation of the Virgin by Andrea della Robbia. From Via Prione it is also easy to get to Piazza Sant’Agostino, with its fine block of buildings made up of elegant Baroque residences; these include Palazzo Oldoini, the family home of the famous Countess of Castiglione, a celebrated beauty and one of the protagonists of our Risorgimento.
The last stretch of Via Prione leads onto Via Chiodo, the Public Gardens, the sea front. Almost at the bottom of the street is the small Piazza Mentana with the Civic Theatre, which was designed at the beginning of the 1930s by Franco Oliva. Crossing over the intersection of Via Chiodo with Corso Cavour, the main street of the 19th-century town, you come to the elegant Gardens, which are rich in scented, even exotic, essences. At the middle of the so-called Prato della Marina (Marine Lawn) towards the Arsenal and on an axis with Via Cavour, you can see the monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi, one of the town’s best-loved symbols. It is the work of the sculptor Antonio Garella and was inaugurated on 1st June 1913. Past the Gardens on the other side of Viale Italia is the sea front. Here the Passeggiata Morin (Morin Promenade) stretches along the Gulf, and the bridge named after Admiral Thaon di Revel, with its special unmistakable shape, directly connects the town to Porto Mirabello (Mirabello Port), creating a kind of imaginary extension of the historic Via Prione onto the sea.
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