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Forte San Giovanni

Forte San Giovanni
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Forte San Giovanni was built between 1640 and 1644 just above the point where the valleys of rivers Pora and Aquila meet with the aim of strengthening defenses. The fort was adapted to the geographic topography and enclosed the ancient medieval tower linking the Finalborgo walls on Becchignolo hill. The work was directed by Ferdinando Glazer. This tower was recorded by the historian Filelfo and portrayed in a drawing of 1571.

The building developed with a pincer-shaped façade facing south, with high crowned walls with no openings, surmounted by a low parapet, and with suspended look-out towers on each corner. The fortress underwent other modifications directed by Spanish engineer Gaspare Beretta between 1674 and 1678. It was abandoned by the Spanish in 1707 and, under the domination of Genoa in 1713, it was partially destroyed. In 1833 it became a prison.

Since 1960 it has been public property and it has recently been completely restored.

    Opening hours: 

    The opening of Forte San Giovanni:

    • starting from the first week of February 2021, Forte San Giovanni will be open to the public on FRIDAY from 11.30 am to 6.30 pm (see DPCM of 14 January 2021)
    • from 1 October: from Thursday to Sunday, from 11.00 to 17.00.

    To allow compliance with the safety rules, entry is allowed to a maximum of 12 people at a time, reservations required and visits every half hour and last entry half an hour before the site closes.

    To avoid queues or gatherings from 1st June it will be possible to book your visit: at number 338 1276580 during opening hours or by logging on to the website:

    The museum public will be asked for active collaboration in the implementation of protective measures: wear the mask (nose and mouth) and keep the distance of at least 1.5 meters.

    The paths inside the structure have been redesigned to allow visitors to pass in compliance with the safety distances and special equipment of sanitizing gel will be available on the site. In this first phase of reopening, to allow a safe and comfortable visit, some spaces will be temporarily inaccessible.

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