Category Archives: Destinations

Pieve di Teco

The name of this town, which is situated at the confluence of the Giara di Rezzo and Arroscia rivers, is composed of “Plebs” (community, church on which other rural churches depend) and “Theicos” (an ancient Celtic deity).

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Famous as the “town of witches”, Triora is a mediaeval centre on the crest of Monte Trono (776 m.) and the most important town in the upper Argentina valley. The little streets, the slate portals and the architectural mixture of periods and styles add to the charm of the old town centre, where you can visit the ruins of the Peirana town gate, as well as the Sottana gate and fountain, the ruins of a castle and Piazza della Collegiata dell’Assunta.

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Pigna is one of the most important towns in the Nervia Valley. It takes its name from the conifer forest that once surrounded the town and is situated beneath the “little Dolomites”, the highest peaks in the Ligurian Pre-Alps: Monte Toraggio (1973 m.) and Monte Pietravecchia (2040 m.).

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Ceriana is a typical mediaeval town built on the site of a Roman settlement called “Castrum Coelianae”. It stands on the right bank of the Armea in the hinterland of San Remo. The structure of the town is concentric and it is crossed by a network of small streets.

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Italo Calvino liked to stay in this town in the upper Val Nervia, which is not far from the Melogno Pass, a meeting-point of ancient mule tracks. When you see the town rising out of the mist which sometimes envelops the valley, it is like a scene from a story book: situated on the top of a rock, Baiardo possesses all the charm of legend.

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Apricale (from the Latin word “apricus”, meaning exposed to the sunlight) is a town of mediaeval origin in the Nervia Valley, where the Mediterranean maquis alternates with chestnut and fir trees.

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