Sanctus Syrus

Albenga, Savona
Bed & Breakfast
+39 338 4773549
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Gloriously flamboyant and informal B&B in a restored palazzo just off the main square of Albenga, a bustling market town by the sea


9 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

The Experience

Come for humungous breakfasts, with wine if you like, of the full fresh focaccia variety (different every day), cheese from local shepherds, salami with garlic, olive pâté, fresh fruit, cakes and pastries, the list is endless. All is served on a riot of fancy china with vintage linen table cloths and twinkling glasses. You eat on the terrace overlooking the garden in summer or have it delivered to your room with a bit of notice. Bedrooms are spread out over the big house so you shan’t feel hemmed in by other guests.

There are armchairs and sofas in each comfortable bedroom, and mirrors, Annamaria likes mirrors. Step out to ‘the city of a hundred spires’, explore the medieval centre with its baptistry and cathedral, and the museum with the remains of a 1st century ship. There are plenty of independent shops and good restaurants.

Return for a nightcap under olive and lemon trees by the tinkling fountain in the garden.

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We think you'll love

  • Breakfast and the ever-changing freshly baked focaccia with oodles of fillings, or simply drizzled with olive oil
  • Being so close to the bustle of town but quietly just away from it
  • Feeling so incredibly well looked after by flamboyant Annamaria, her daughter Ginevra and 96-year-old mother Olga, who still does the ironing
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You should know

  • There's no guest sitting room
  • No parking, but free parking down by the river nearby


  • Swimming pool
  • EV charger
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. 2 nights in high season. Children over 15 welcome.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from €95
Singles €130. Extra bed/sofabed available €30 per person per night.
7 Doubles
From €130
2 Apartments for 2
From €95



Behind the front door of Sanctus Syrus, up the steep Ligurian slate stops you are welcomed by Annamaria and her team into a fascinating historic house. Everywhere there are interesting paintings, objects and decor. You have 8 rooms to choose from all individual. Annamaria will give you the history of Albenga at breakfast, and remind you it is a Roman town!!

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The neighbourhood

There are Roman remains to examine on Via Aurelia, and the Piazza San Michele, the main square, is bordered by three 13th century towers, the cathedral of San Michele and the renowned 5th century baptistry. Eat pizza, farinata and traditional Ligurian cooking here or head to the sea for a cluster of good value fish restaurants. There are excellent train services for trips out without a car.

Local points of interest from Annamaria Vercellino

  • Albenga is one of the best preserved Roman historic centres in northern Italy.
  • Annamaria is an architect who is very knowledgable about the history of Albenga.
  • You can take a boat trip around the protected island of Gallinara.
  • A hike along the Roman Road to Alassio for lunch and take the bus back!
  • Albenga is a City of Towers, but also has a rich culture in vegetable cultivation: Artichokes, Beefy tomatoes and the famous Trombette.
  • Perch yourself in one of the numerous quaint bars, and watch the world go by with a glass of Pigato!


Annamaria Vercellino

Annamaria, passionate about buildings, art and cigars, is a warm and engaging host. She studied architecture and had a successful practice here in Albenga. Although she grew up in Turin this house has always been in the family, and bit by bit she's renovated every inch with love. She is also keen on demonstrating the extraordinarily transformative powers of freshly-baked focaccia.