Bordighera and Ventimiglia – Part III

Vallecrosia

Vallecrosia was originally an inland village. Over the years many of its inhabitants moved to the sea and settled along the Via Aurelia near the railway, founding the new Vallecrosia. The name Vallecrosia comes from the layout of the valley (“valle chiusa” – closed valley) which was once filled with vines and olive-groves but is now an important flower-growing centre (the first commercial flower market opened here). Old Vallecrosia (Vallecrosia Alta) is a typical fortified Ligurian village with an imposing watchtower. The parish church is home to two monumental wooden statues of the Madonna, attributed to Maragliano. Vallecrosia Piani (the modern Vallecrosia, a bustling town with its heart in flower-growing) stands out for a highly unusual attraction which owes its presence to dedication and passion of a lover of music in all its genres. The Museum of Italian Song is housed in an old steam engine, the Continue reading “Bordighera and Ventimiglia – Part III”

Bordighera and Ventimiglia – Part II

Ventimiglia

Ventimiglia, Italy’s last town before the border with France, greets the tourist in three different guises, not least in terms of logistics: archaeological, Medieval and modern. Archaeological Ventimiglia (on the eastern side of the modern town) dates back to Roman times. In this veritable open-air museum one finds an arena with the first level of steps still intact, the “porta di Provenza” (gate to Provence), insulae and domus, baths and mosaic floors. All this is evidence of a golden age for the Roman city, the time of municipium cum suffragio, when Ventimiglia was the administrative centre of a larger district which included a number of other towns (“ville”). Medieval Ventimiglia stands high on the crest of a rock, dominating the right bank of the river Roia. It can easily be seen from a distance thanks to its imposing walled boundary, cathedral of the Continue reading “Bordighera and Ventimiglia – Part II”

Giardini

Nel XVIII secolo i viaggi attraverso l’Europa erano esclusivo appannaggio delle classi sociali più abbienti. La Riviera italiana e quella francese vennero scoperte dai viaggiatori che percorrevano la strada per Roma ed Atene e che amavano questi luoghi per il clima sublime. A queste condizioni climatiche e geografiche particolari si aggiungeva la possibilità di trovare sulle Riviere alberghi accoglienti e luoghi di divertimento. Nel 1763 il medico e letterato Tobias Smollet (1721-1771) trovò a Nizza una piccola colonia di inglesi, svizzeri tedeschi e francesi che svernavano sulla costa. Egli pubblicò allora in Inghilterra alcuni articoli su Nizza che sedussero i suoi compatrioti. Poco prima del 1789 gli inglesi costruirono alcune ville nella zona che diventerà poi la “Promenade des Anglais”. Il profumo penetrante degli agrumeti nella zona di Sanremo e le palme che svettavano nel cielo di Bordighera, contemporaneamente, conquistarono ed affascinarono i viaggiatori che si spingevano nella riviera italiana. A Continue reading “Giardini”

Von Imperia nach Cervo über den Colle di Nava

Die am Golf von Diano liegenden Küstenorte laden zur Besichtigung der in den Apenninentälern Valle Impero und Valle Arroscia liegenden Städtchen ein: alte Glockentürme, Steinhäuser und mit Kiesel gepflasterte Gassen. Von Imperia-Oneglia aus kommen wir in das Impero-Tal; hier liegt zwischen Olivenhainen Pontedassio, das seinen Namen einer alten, heute nicht mehr zu sehenden Holzbrücke verdankt. Die Pfarrkirche San Biagio in Chiusavecchia fällt durch ihren Glockenturm mit Zwiebeldach aus dem Rahmen. Das Fest des Patronheiligen feiert man am 13. Februar. Weiter führt uns unsere Tour über eine gut befahrbare Straße nach Pieve di Teco, der Hauptstadt des Valle Arroscia, die man 1234 am Schnittpunkt der in den Piemont führenden Straßen anlegte, so daß das Städtchen bald ein wichtiges Zentrum für den Handel wurde. Unter den wunderschönen, gut erhaltenen Bogengängen finden wir auch heute noch zahlreiche kleine Geschäfte. Wir besichtigen das ehemalige Augustinerkloster mit einem großartigen Kreuzgang aus dem 15. Jahrhundert mit 24 Säulen und die suggestive Kollegiatkirche San Giovanni Battista mit Bildern und Holzskulpturen von Maragliano. Am 20. Januar, dem Fest des Hl. Sebastian, findet eine Prozession statt, bei der die Mädchen des Ortes mit ihren Puppen mitziehen. Wieder auf der Hauptstraße kommen wir durch Wälder und ber Bergrücken nach Pornassio; hier wartet eine in Continue reading “Von Imperia nach Cervo über den Colle di Nava”