|Città di Lavagna|
Coat of arms
Location of Lavagna in Italy
|Metropolitan city||Genoa (GE)|
|Frazioni||Barassi, Cavi di Lavagna, Santa Giulia di Centaura, Sorlana|
|• Mayor||Gian Alberto Mangiante|
|• Total||13.7 km2 (5.3 sq mi)|
|Elevation||6 m (20 ft)|
(30 September 2012)
|• Density||910/km2 (2,400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Patron saint||Madonna del Carmine|
|Saint day||16 July|
Lavagna is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Genoa, Italy.
The village, unlike nearby Chiavari which has pre-Roman evidence, seems to have developed in Roman times with the Latin name of Lavania. The name has remained unchanged over the centuries until it became the current toponym of Lavagna in the following centuries.
Since 1198 it was a fief of the Fieschi family, who used Lavagna as their stronghold in the numerous inner struggles of the Republic of Genoa.
In 1564 it was sacked by the admiral of the Ottoman fleet Occhiali. From 1815 it was part of the Kingdom of Sardinia, and, later, of the Kingdom of Italy.
The city recreates medieval festivities annually as the "Torta dei Fieschi" (Fieschi Cake Party), since 1949, the festivities is about a colorful parade through the Lavagna streets that reunites the inhabitants of the six medieval quarters of Lavagna, as the gigantic cake is distributed among those in the crowd who have found the matching half of their tickets.
The main city sights of Lavagna are: "Church of Santo Stefano (17th century style), Church of Santa Giulia (1654), Church of Nostra Signora del Ponte (13th century), with the nearby bridge.
According to the tradition, the Italian poet Dante Alighieri crossed the bridge during his travel to France.
In 2016, Giuseppe Sanguineti, the former mayor of Lavagna, was arrested due to the involvement of Ndrangheta, the Calabrian mafia, in the disposal of the municipal waste.