Category Archives: Destinations


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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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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Situated seven kilometres away from the sea, Dolceacqua is divided into the two districts of Terra and Borgo which are connected by the humpback bridge over the River Nervia. Built in a strategic position on a rock, its narrow alleyways and high houses built close together make this a very charming location.

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The capital town of the Intemeli Ligurians has always been a very important centre in the western part of the region: a Roman “municipium”, the seat of an ancient diocese, place of residence of the Ventimiglia nobility and “Magnifica Comunità” under Genoese dominion.

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