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.

Sacked by the Saracens, it became Aleramo territory in the tenth century and what followed belongs to the general history of the valley: from the dominion of the Del Carretto family, of which Millesimo was the mountain capital, to the dominion of Spain, the Kingdom of Sardinia and then France. Signs of the Middle Ages can still be seen in the ruins of the castle and in many particular buildings. The parish church of the Annunziata was built in 1467 on the site of a former building; the Gaietta Bridge, with the watchtower on its arch, is the symbol of Millesimo and also a fifteenth-century construction. The ancient, towered Del Carretto residence dates from the sixteenth century and is now the town hall. The Romanesque forms of the parish church of Santa Maria Extra Muros, decorated with bricks and sandstone, reminds one of San Lorenzo at Murialdo. On the road to Cengio you come across the Cistercian monastery of Santo Stefano (1211): it was turned into a private residence at the beginning of the century and has a tower by Coppedè. Twentieth-century Villa Scarzella was built against the rock face and has a direct connection with the castle tower. It holds a collection of Napoleonic prints.
Among the paths that lead to the eighteenth-century sanctuary of the Madonna del Deserto, there is one that crosses the Valley of the Three Kings, which, together with Bric Tana, forms a regional park containing karst phenomena (grottoes and dolines). Recent excavations close to the grotto called “Tana dell’Orpe” have brought to light one of the few Bronze Age settlements known in Liguria. Not very far away is a group of menhir stones with engravings.
Millesimo still has some iron and copper workshops and is also known for its sandstone sculptures. In recent years, Millesimo has held its own a national truffle festival. You should taste the local cold meats and the “fazzini”, which are typical focaccia topped with basil and tomatoes.


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2 Responses to Millesimo

  1. allison says:

    i am planning on visiting Millesimo on Sunday June the 3rd. I will be staying in Genoa. I’ve been researching how to get to Millesimo but there is no information. Are there buses or trains that can take me from Genoa?
    Thank you.

  2. admin says:

    Hi Allison,
    get to Millesimo is a bit difficult from Genoa without a car! By the way, first you have to take a train from Genoa Piazza Principe to Savona, then in Savona take another train to the village of Cengio and then reach Millesimo by local bus or local taxi. (go to Italian Railways website “Trenitalia” and fill the blanks with Genova Piazza Principe and Cengio)

    Honestly, I don’t know if you’ll be able to find bus or taxi on Sunday: the company that manages the local transport is the TPL Linea, the website is only in Italian and you can check timetable and bus-lines. The bus n° 53 runs between Cengio and Millesimo: I tried for a timetable on Sunday but it seems to be no bus on that day.

    You can always try to send them an email: [email protected]

    In Millesimo there is a local taxi service, you can find it on Google writing “Taxi Millesimo”. The name is Schettini Angelo and this is the phone n°: +39 019-565413. Maybe you can call him and arrange a meeting point.

    Here, I give you some useful links about the transports to/from Millesimo (for trains Genoa-Savona and Savona-Cengio) (maps of bus lines in the inland of Savona) (municipality of Millesimo)

    For any other info please don’t hesitate to ask us!

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