Port and industrial town
The "Vada Sabatia" of the Roman times developed into today’s ferry port.
The house façades in the pedestrian zone with their lavish ornamentations are worth admiring, and so is the church of San Giovanni Battista worth a visit.
The villa Gropallo which houses a library but at the same time serves as a pinacotheca with very beautiful paintings is a special attraction (it is closed in August).
The Ponte di Pietra across the River Quiliano connects Savona with Vado
The lime kilns of St. Ermete, in those days particularly important for the building of Savona and Vado.
The old Vigliola mill on the river Segno in the municipality of Ponte dell'Isola – it is operated by water-power
There is usually a fireworks display on the evening of 23rd June in honour of the Feast of San Giovanni Battista on 24th June; market stands are set up along the seafront for the occasion and a procession takes place.
On Wednesdays 8.00 am -1.00 pm, Giardini a Mare; On 2nd Saturday of every month, antiques market on Piazza Cavour
8.00 am -7.00 pm on the last Sunday of every month, market on the Centro Cittadino Passegiata a Mare
Beautiful beach bars and restaurants are the perfect place to while away time and to enjoy delicious food. Those who would want to engage in sports and active exercise can do a diving course for instance, or play beach volleyball on the beach.
Vado also has a large public beach area covered with gravel.
During the Roman era Vado was called "Vada Sabatia" and it was a military camp in the 2nd century before Christ; it was also one of the first Roman settlements in Liguria. It became an important traffic hub for trade. When the Langobards unleashed a trail of devastation through Liguria in 641 and Savona also became subjugated by King Rotari, the seat of the bishops of Savona was in Vado from the 7th to the 9th century.
Vado Ligure got its name by royal decree in 1908.
Vado Ligure is a port and industrial town between Savona and Bergeggi which can be reached through the A10 highway when you set off from Savona, and then take the SS1, the coastal street running in a westerly direction. The railway station is called Quiliano-Vado.