The view over the valley from Alto is magnificent. The village lies almost on the top of the mountain “Monte Belle” Nearby Alto lies the lake Lago della Madonna, which is now used for sport fishing.
A nice restaurant in Alto is Osteria del Castello.
The Castle Capollini Counts.
Lago della Madonna.
Car: ± 30 minutes, ± 25 kilometers.
Andora is a regular recipient of the European blue flag for high quality seawater. Andora is situated on the estuary of the river Merola. There are two diving schools which offer courses in diving.
A nice restaurant in Andora is Italo’s.
The church Santi Giacomo e Filippo: built on the rock “Capo Mele” in the XIII century.
A 100 meter long Roman type bridge with three arches built in the Middle Ages.
Car: ± 25 minutes, ± 20 kilometers.
Balestrino is a village nearby Toirano. It is one of the villages you pass when you do the first auto-route. At the end of the 19th century the northwest coast of Italy was heavily hit by a number of earthquakes. The heaviest one was in 1887. Many villages were destroyed such as Colletta di Castelbianco, Balestrino and Bussana Vecchia. Because of the depopulation and instability Balestrino was definitely abandoned in 1953. In the first years the village was closed for visitors because of the danger for collapsing. At the moment it is unfortunately not possible to visit the old part of Balestrino. Hopefully it won’t take long before we can visit it again.
A good restaurant to visit with view over the old town is Cecchin. They serve delicious typical Ligurian food.
The old part of the village. Don’t forget your camera make some beautiful pictures.
Car: ± 25 minutes, ± 14 kilometer.
This village lies in the direction of the “Colle Schravaion” and “Monte Carmo”. Bardineto was founded in the 13th century. When you are wandering around in Bardineto it is almost like if you are in the Alps.
Every year the village organizes a villagefeast Il fungo d’Oro (the golden Mushroom), because of the ideal climate of mushroom growth in the area.
San Nicoló: a church square from the 9th century, a sixteen sided castle.
In the surrounding of Bardineto are lots of nice hiking trails were you can’t even imagine you are close to the Ligurian coast.
Car: ± 40 minutes, ± 30 kilometers.
Bergeggi lies on the slopes of St. Helena mountain, high above the sea. From this vantage point you have a beautiful view of rocks and cliffs below. The island which can be seen from here is a nature park with ruins of a lighthouse probably dating from the Roman ages.
Regional nature park Bergeggi.
Botanic path: a botanic route starts at “Dorre Deere” and ends in “Goal St. Helena”.
Galleria Ferroviaria: this cave was discovered by accident during the construction of a railway line.
Car: ± 40 minutes, ± 43 kilometers.
Bordighera is situated on the coast of the Ligurian Rivièra di Ponente, about 20 kilometers from the French border at the base of the “Alpes Maritimes, it have the last tourist port before going to France.
Santa Maria Maddelena: a church built in the 17th century, located opposite the Piazza del Popolo.
Via Julia Augusta: now called the Via Roma. a Roman road from Piacenza to Ventimiglia. Also known for it’s beautiful palm trees.
Sant Ampelio church: Sant Ampelio was a religious hermit very much honored in Bordighera and the patron of this village.
Car: ± 60 minutes, ± 75 kilometers.
Borghetto Santo Spirito
The Via Aurelia passes through Borghetto Santo Spirito which is located on the “Piccaro” mountain (281 meters high) near the estuary of the Varatella river. The beach is separated from the village by the railway line. The village was founded by the city of Albenga and took care of Albenga’s defense coming from the east between 1288 and 1297.
Parish church San Matteo: built in the 17th century.
Borelli Castello:a castle built in the 19th century.
Car: ± 10 minutes, ± 5 kilometers.
Borgio Verezzi is a quit and characteristic seaside resort. The high watchtower near Verezzi is surrounded by vegetation, almond trees, carubbi and olive trees. Borgio’s eldest part lies on top of a hill whilst the new part is situated along the coast.
A nice restaurant in Borgio Verezzi is Torre Antica.
Grotte di Borgio Verezzi: These caves and connecting corridors were discovered in 1933 by three young boys and stretch over 5 kilometers.
Car: ± 25 minutes, ± 13 kilometers.
Just before San Remo you can visit the ruins of Bussana Vecchia, the village was destroyed in 1887 by an earthquake. The new village Bussana is built closer to the sea where there is a pebble-stone beach. Within the leavings of ruins, numerous artists have settled there with galleries, boutiques and studios, there are 3 restaurants with tipical ligurian dishes.
Numerous galleries and boutiques throughout the village where artists show their work. For a list of Artists click here.
Car: ± 55 minutes, ± 62 kilometers.
Calizzano is a village founded during the Roman period. It attracts a lot of tourists. It is known for it’s production of mushrooms and chestnuts which are sold in specialty shops.The 1028 meter high “Melogne Pass”, with one of the most beautiful woods of Liguria, ideal for hiking, lies between Calizzano and Finale Ligure.
Santa Maria de San Lorenzo: a Roman church built between 1587 and 1600.
Madonna del Rosario: a church devoted to the virgin Maria.
Car: ±45 minutes, ± 36 kilometers.
The community of Castelbianco consists of a number of villages. The best known village is Colletta, built in the 13th century. Colletta was uninhabited for over 30 years after an earthquake but is now fully restored using the original materials. The village of Veravo is also worth visiting because of its random way in which parts are inhabited and deserted. All the villages of Castelbianco are connected by hiking trails which are very well set out by color, length, time and are displayed on informationpanels in each village.
Castelbianco is known for it’s hiking trails and rock climbing routes.
Car: ± 25 minutes, ±17,5 kilometers.
Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena
Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena is an old village with defensive works in the mountainous hinterlands. There is an old citadel that defended the village from the 13th to the 17th century. Castelvecchio is a very well preserved beautiful village.
Fort: 13th century fort.
Car: ± 25 minutes, ± 17 kilometers.
Celle Ligure lies on the coast near the city of Savona. In the modern part of the village you will find hotels, the population lives mainly around the old village center dating back from the Middle Ages.
Michele Anchangelo: a baroque parish church with a bell tower.
Oratorio dei Disciplinati: a 16th century statue of Saint Michel next to the church.
Nostra Signora della Consolazione: a reconstruction of a 17th century temple of Madonna della Grotta.
Car: ± 50 minutes (by the Via Aurelia), ± 50 kilometer.
The seaside resort Ceriale, which is close to the camp site, is a modern resort with numerous tourist apartments and hotels. Ceriale has a cosy boulevard lined with terraces. The Bastion, in the middle of this boulevard, is a part left from the town wall built in 1564. There is an alley with boutiques and restaurants parallel to the main boulevard.
Nice restaurants to visit in Ceriale are Da Gianni and Bagni Pirata.
Bastion: an old defensive wall dating back from 1564.
Market: Every Monday morning on the boulevard.
Car: ± 7 minutes, 3 kilometers.
Bicycles: ± 10/15 minutes.
Cervo is one of the most beautiful and authentic villages on the Flower riviera. Close to the sea, rows of white houses are built on a hill. Near the top of the hill, you can see the tower and the 18th century church of San Giovanni Battista. Cervo has a lot of small streets and old houses. Especially the view from the church square is very impressive.
San Giovanni Battista: a baroque church from the 18th century.
Museo Etnografico: a museum in a fort above the village.
Car: ± 30 minutes, 30 kilometers.
Cisano sul Neva
Cisano is another typical Italian village with narrow alleys and old houses. Near the village is a small river carrying crystal clear water from the mountains. Conscente and Martinetto (with it’s castle) are two villages that also belong to Cisano.
A good restaurant to visit in Cisano is Peperoncino Rosso.
Hiking: there are numerous trails around Cisano.
Cycling: A bike route passes through Cisano.
Car: ± 15 minutes, ± 7 kilometers.
Colletta di Castelbianco
The village Colletta lies at a distance of 12 kilometers from Albenga. The village lies on a mountain in the middle of the Pennavaire valley. The village it was built in the 13th century. Colletta was uninhabited for more then 30 years after an earthquake but is now fully restored and contains a swimming pool, bar, sauna, parking garage and an amphitheater.
The whole village is worthwhile seeing. Several hiking trails pass through the village and the surrounding area.
Car: ± 25 minutes, ± 12 kilometers.
In Erli you can find the St. Martino’s church which contains frescoes of the 15th century. In the surroundings of Erli are numerous caves where important pre-historic and roman artifacts were found. These are now exhibited in the Museum Civico in Albenga.
There is a hiking trail that starts in Zuccarello and passes Catelvecchio and Erli.
St. Matino: a church with fresco’s from the 15th century..
Car: ± 23 minutes, ± 17 kilometers.
Finalborgo is now part of Finale Ligure but in earlier times the most important city of the region. Nowadays, Finalborgo is the place to be for the ones among us who like all kinds of sports. Finalborgo and it surroundings are a must for walkers, bikers and sport climbers! Also the village is worth visiting. because there are lots of boutiques, shops and an ice saloon selling the best ice of the area.
Market: every Monday morning of the week there’s is a market and every first weekend of the month you will find an antique market in Finalborgo.
San Biaggio: The Basilica della San Biagio a beautiful and elegant Gothic 15th century church with a Gothic steeple, octagonal in shape.
Car: ± 25 minutes, ± 17 kilometers.
The village has a charming center, excellent beaches and a magnificent hinterland. Although the villages caters for the tourist in every possible way, it has preserved it’s typical Italian character.
San Giovanni Batista: a church on the Via Roma, built between 1619 and 1675.
Arch of Margaretha of Austria: situated on the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II and built in 1666.
Car: ± 25 minutes, ± 17 kilometers.
In Laigueglia all the good and pleasant things of a seaside resort combine. It is a beautiful fishing village that has kept its original character. It also has a beautiful beach. The colored houses of the fishermen are directly on the seafront. Fishing boats lies on both sides of the jetty. Fishing nets may be found on the beach. The total image of the village is attractive.
A nice fish restaurant is Il Pescatore. It is also possible to drink a Belgium beer at the Saloon .
La Suerte is a club that is only open during the summer season from Wednesday till Saturday.
The two towers of the monumental baroque church San Matteo (1715) with its interesting interior.
Car: ±20 minutes, ±15 kilometers.
Loano, once owned by the Doria family is now an attractive village with picturesque (mediaeval) streets and alleys situated on the banks of the river Nimbalto. Loano today is a busy health and sea resort and has a large harbor. The boulevard has recently been renovated and modernized. There is a beautiful playground for children.
Loano has a good and cosy wine bar Il Vittorino.
San Giovanni Battista: a parish church built between 1633 and 1638.
Porta dell’Orologio: a bell tower built in 1774 located in a shopping street.
Convento di Monte Carmelo: a convent built by the Doria family between 1602 and 1608.
Market: every Friday morning on the Via Aurelia.
Car: ± 15 minutes, ± 8 kilometers.
Noli has an medieval center which is still in the original state and has many beautiful monuments. For about 600 years, from 1193 to 1797 Noli was an independent republic. Noli has no harbor that’s why the fishing boats are lying on the beach. The catch is marketed directly from the boat.. Places
Portici della Repubblica/Piazza del Milite Ignoto a ,medieval archway.
Palazzo del Commune: located on the Corso Italia and built in the 13th century.
San Paragorio: located on the Via alla Stazione and built in the 11th century..
Car: ± 35 minutes, ± 25 kilometer.
At the bottom of Capo Caprazoppa lies an old town that has been rebuilt into a modern sea resort. Pietra Ligure has been well known for its shipbuilding and it still has a Cantiere Navale (shipyard). Next to the beach lies a beautiful boulevard with a lot of palm trees.
San Nicola di Baria church built in the 18th century.
Car: ±20 minutes, ± 10 kilometers.
Pieve di Teco
Pieve di Teco is one of the larger villages of the upper valley of Arroscia. Once defended by a castle, its main road is flanked by fine porticoes.
Madonna di Ripa: a church built in the 18th century.
Agostiniani: a large convent.
Market: every last Sunday of the month an antique market takes place in Pieve di Teco.
Car: ± 40 minutes, ±30 kilometers.
The picturesque village of Taggia lies three kilometers from Arma di Taggia in the valley Argentina. In it’s center there are numerous medieval houses and villa’s.
Madonna del Canneto: a Roman church built in the 11th century.
Pontelungo: a bridge built in 1450 with a length of 260 meters.
San Domenico: the southern part of the village used to be an important cultural center of western Liguria from 1500 to 1800.
Convent church: contains art from Louis Bréa, and Jean Canavesio.
Car: ± 40 minutes, ± 50 kilometers.
Toirano is mostly known for its caves, but has a lot more to offer. The old center is totally renovated but held its authentic looks. The sagra (village festival) at the end of July/beginning of August is certainly worth visiting.
St. Martino parish.
Certosa: convent of Certosa.
Ponte della Giaire: built in the 14th century.
Torre Campanaria: a building in late Gothic style from the 15th century.
Ethnographic museum: located in the old part of Toirano.
Grotte di Toirano: caves discovered in 1890 and further explored in the 1950’s
Car: ± 20 minutes, ± 10 kilometers.
Triora is a small, peaceful, medieval villages high in the mountains of San Remo, near the French border. It is know as the witch village. In 1587, after a year of bad weather and a ruined harvest. Thirteen people were condemned for witchcraft. ‘La Cabotina,’ the place where they were tortured and burned alive on the pyre still exists. In the village are lots of sculptures, shops and relics referring to these 13 witches.
There are regular events in Triora. They also have three annual events. A summer festival in which witches is a central theme, a mushroom festival in September and at the end of October Halloween.
Ethnographic and witches-museum: Here you can find the old documents of the trial and further interesting sights and facts about witches. Entree: €2,00 for adults and €1,00 for children. Opening hours: 15.00 till 18.30.
The village contains lots of small streets and alleys to wander around. Spread around the village you can find sculptures, shops and relics all referring to the thirteen witches.
Car: ± 1,5 hour, ± 89 kilometer.
Near Albenga, the 13th century village of Villanova d’Albenga has an exceptional towered wall in perfect condition, with a characteristic well from the 13th century (6,5m deep) in the interior. Villanova d’Albenga has a large and busy regional airport and a racecourse Ippodromo dei Fiori with monthly races.
San Stefano: a church from the 12th century.
Santuario delle Nostra Signora delle Grazie: a church containing a statue of Madonna della Grazia made by Barbadino in 1804 in the San. Maria del Soccorso (nickname “la Rotonda”).
Santa Caterina: a church from 1632 located in the center of the village.
S. Giovanni Battista: The convent S. Giovanni Battista houses a statue of Christ made by Giovan Battista Drago in 1834.
Car: ± 20 minutes, ± 10 kilometer.
Zuccarello is an authentic medieval village with a beautiful main road which has arches on both sides. Above Zuccarello the ruin of castle Del Carretto are located. You can walk/climb to this castle and maintain your way (its a wander route) which leads you through the villages Erli and Castelvecchio.
The church and the bell-tower dated from the 11th and 14th century.
Del Carretto: the ruins of the Del Carretto castle.
Car: ± 20 minutes, ± 12 kilometers.