Category Archives: Destinations

Sassello

The basin of Sassello, a holiday resort on the northern side of the Ligurian Apennines, has a characteristically varied landscape and an abundance of fossils. Although archaeological discoveries show that there was human settlement on Monte Beigua in Neolithic times, there is little mention of Sassello before 1273, when the Ponzone family conceded the feudal estate to the Dorias.

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Dego

Situated along the ancient Via Aemilia Scauri, Dego developed in mediaeval times as an agricultural and trading centre as well as a strategic fortification: if you leave from the left bank of the Bormida di Spigno, which is joined by the Rio Grillero just outside the town, it is easy to find the old pathways that led into lower Piedmont.

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Millesimo

A votary epitaph dating from the first or second century AD is evidence that the ancient town of Melesino existed on the Via Aemilia Scauri in Roman times. It is the municipal centre of the Valley Bormida mountain community.

Cairo Montenotte

The old Roman settlement of Carium on the Via Giulia Augusta in the shadow of Colle di Cadibona is today the main centre in the hilly region behind Savona called the Langa. At an altitude of 853 metres, Bric del Tesoro is the highest peak in a territory where the discovery of stone artefacts testifies to human settlement in Neolithic times.

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Calizzano

The ancient Roman settlement of “Communitas Calitiani” is a centre of agriculture and tourism situated in a woodland hollow on the left bank of the River Bormida at the foot of the Maritime Alps. Dominating the town are the ruins of a mediaeval castle once belonging to the Del Carretto family; during the seventeenth century the original stables were transformed into the oratory of San Giovanni Battista.

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Andora

For over ten years, Andora has been awarded the “Blue European Flag” of approval for the cleanness of the sea, the beauty of the beach and the quality of its services. This tourist resort stands at the mouth of the River Merola, between Capo Mele and Capo Cervo.

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