Photographer's Note

I was in Gavi with my friends. It is a wonderful city in the hills of Piedmont, and very famous for its wines. This shot, however, I made in a garden of apples near Gavi.

This photo has been requested by my friends for the magazine of St. Petersburg "Флора Price" and I was glad!

Below a brief note about this city:

Gavi is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Alessandria in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 100 km southeast of Turin and about 30 km southeast of Alessandria.

The area of Gavi was already settled in Neolithic times; later it perhaps housed a Roman military outpost defending the Via Postumia. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire it was captured by the Magyars and later by the Saracens. According to the legend, the current name would derive from that of a princess of the latter, Gavia or Gavina, who had established herself in a castle here.

Later in the Middle Ages the town was under the Marquisses of Gavi, allied with Frederick Barbarossa, who took refuge here after the Battle of Legnano. In 1202 Gavi was sold to the Republic of Genoa. After a parenthesis under the Visconti and France, it returned to Genoa in 1528.

In 1625 it was attacked and stormed by French-Savoy troops, but the Genoese retook it after only 21 days. It was decided to turn Gavi into a powerful fortress. After a French domination from 1804, in 1915 it was assigned to the Kingdom of Sardinia.

Gavi (in ligure Gäi IPA: /'gɔi/, in piemontese Gavi IPA: /'gavi/, IPA: /'gɔvi/, talvolta anche Gavi Ligure), è un comune di 4.578 abitanti della provincia di Alessandria situato sulla destra del torrente Lemme alla confluenza con il rio Neirone.

È stata una delle prime città ad avere una illuminazione pubblica elettrica, ottenuta da una piccola centrale elettrica le cui turbine erano alimentate dalle acque del torrente Lemme dirottate in un lago situato prima della salita che porta a San Cristoforo.

Fuori dal centro storico, sulla via che conduce a Carrosio è situata la casa del compositore Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, che spicca per la presenza sulla facciata di stemmi e bassorilievi medievali.

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