In the seabeds of the Gallinara island, the biggest ancient ship was recovered and so archaeology has gone underwater

Albenga or Albingaunum was a flourishing Roman city. For archaeologists Albenga is a land of questions and amazing answers. A remarkable find was made in 1950 in the Gallinara seabeds, that of the “Artiglio” ship from the 1st century BC, the biggest Roman transport ship known to date in the Mediterranean, with a cargo of over 10,000 amphorae.

They contained wine from Campania destined for the markets of southern France and Spain. Today the Albenga Naval Museum displays these amphorae according to the original arrangement of the cargo.

Other items are from the wreck of the Roman ship at Diano Marina. Near the Museum, Palazzo Oddo contains the permanent exhibition Magic Transparencies with finds from the diggings in the Albenga necropolises, including a piece that is unique in the world, the Blue Dish.

The quality and the precision of the work, which not even a goldsmith would be capable of, point to a great artist who probably learned the trade in the best school of the epoch: Alexandria of Egypt. The Ingauno Civic Museum, housed in the fourteenth-century Municipal Tower, has progressively been enriched with materials coming from archaeological excavations in the city and the environs.