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Alassio

The surrounding area

Albenga, Laigueglia, Toirano’s caves and Cervo

ALBENGA
Today the historic center of Albenga is an open-air museum that collects evidence of the rich Ingauna history. The centerpiece is the San Michele’s square, surrounded by medieval, fourteenth century and Renaissance buildings with its seven towers. All around is a succession of small squares and noble palaces to be discovered by getting lost in the thousand alleys enclosed within the ancient walls.

LAIGUEGLIA
Was an ancient fishing village and today it is a romantic town that closes the bay of Alassio to the west.
Even today the center is characterized by narrow alleys, stairways and archivolts to be covered on foot. Laigueglia has become a destination for music fans for its Jazz festival and for sportsmen for the Laigueglia Trophy, the cycling race that opens the competition season in February.

TOIRANO’S CAVES
Here prehistoric men lived sharing their space with bears in these natural caves of the Varatella valley.
Beautiful games of stalactites and stalagmites created by water and limestone in these which are certainly among the most beautiful caves in northern Italy.

CERVO
Cervo, certified for years among "The Most Beautiful Villages in Italy", has preserved its original characteristics of a medieval seaside village, protected by sixteenth-century towers and walls and surrounded by green hills. The historic center is accesible only on foot and has been preserved with its centuries-old buildings and its cobbled alleys where there are workshops of artisans and artists.

 

Alassio

The hinterland

If you want to get to know this land better, you have to take a little time to visit the area beyond the hills of Alassio. Among the areas we remember:

Neva Valley which starts from Cisano sul Neva, and along the Ancient Via del Sale leads to Zuccarello and Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena, two ancient villages that preserve their medieval appearance intact.

Pennavaire Valley characterized by dolomite rocks with marine fossils, olive and chestnut trees, high altitude pastures and white cherry trees, culminates with Colletta di Castelbianco, a village abandoned for decades, today is the subject of a restoration plan that makes it perhaps the first European telematic village.

The Lower Arroscia Valley with its good land gives many fruits to its farmers: grapes, peaches, roses, olives, mushrooms and chestnuts.

Val Lerrone start in Garlenda, one of the most elegant and peaceful tourist resorts of the Riviera delle Palme, famous for its Golf Club and the Club of 500 which organizes the gathering every year, for which cars arrive from all over the world.

The territory of the area is crossed by the Wine and Oil Route from the Alps to the sea which offers meetings with agritourism, agricultural and handicraft companies and their typical products: wine, oil, cheeses and vegetables such as zucchini trombetta, artichokes, asparagus and ox-heart tomatoes.