Dolceacqua (40' by car)
The village lies on the river Nervia, which divides it into two parts, linked together by the impressive medieval high-arched bridge that made the image of Dolceacqua famous and impressed the painter Claude Monet, who in 1884 spent time in the western Liguria.
The medieval castle, at the top of the village, is the second characteristic element, with an unmistakable silhouette; a quadrilateral building with two side towers, it has been the subject of archaeological investigations and restoration in recent years. The Castle dominates the view over the valley all the way to the sea in clear days. Every last Sunday of the month the village hosts “A Prea Runda”, the organic market for local food products and crafts.
Rocchetta Nervina (about 50' by car)
Located behind Dolceacqua, the village is a beautiful place to visit, with stone houses overlooking the banks of the Barbaira stream, but what will leave you breathless is the transparent stream that flows downstream until it flows into the Nervia river near Dolceacqua.
In the highest part of the stream, near the village, there is a small waterfall that forms a number of ponds where you can dive, followed by many little loops and waterholes. The rocks are clear and smoothed by the water, perfect for sunbathing and enjoying the coolness in summer.
In August the Festival of Fairy Tales takes place every year in Rocchetta.
Apricale (approx. 60' by car)
It is located in the hinterland of the Nervia Valley, not far from Dolceacqua. A medieval village suspended in time, this small village perched at its height is a maze of alleys and Carrugi, the classic alleys that characterize Ligurian villages of the sea and inland, with its characteristic shops and a castle, on the top of Borgo, which hosts art exhibitions and cultural events.
In July every year the Teatro della Tosse from Genoa stages its theatre play in the streets of the village. Apricale is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, it is qualified as an orange flag, a guarantee of quality, genuineness and respect for tradition.
Bajardo (about 90' by car)
Small and fascinating mountain village of the Armea Valley located about 10 km from Sanremo, at 910 meters above sea level, it has the supremacy of the province of Imperia with the highest altitude. The Baiardese territory has been inhabited since prehistoric times and was also a place of worship by the Druids, the Celtic priests who erected a temple in which the cult for sun and nature was practiced. Still today, we can witness the only pagan celebration of the West, the Ra Barca, a feast of Celtic origin much appraised by the residents: on Pentecost Sunday, a pine tree is erected in the center of the village, accompanied by folk songs and dances.
On the top of the hill you can admire the remains of the parish church of San Nicolò, destroyed in the earthquake of 1887 and since rebuilt in the center of the village, but still retains the remains of the altar that has remained consecrated. A typical village of the Ligurian hinterland, surrounded by the Maritime Alps and from where you can admire beautiful views and views immersed in the clouds.
Seborga (approx. 30' by car, exit A10 Bordighera)
The self-declared principality of Seborga is a village of medieval origin located at half-coast, about 10 km from Bordighera, well cared and colourful, to visit on a beautiful day of spring or summer sunshine. After the death of King George I, who was elected king in 1963, King Marcello I is now seated on the throne. Seborga hosts the interesting Museum of Ancient Musical Instruments, 135 valuable instruments of various times from 1744 to 1930, divided into well organised sections.
Mr. Giuliano Fogliarino created this collection, collecting them in more than 50 years of passionate research in Italy and abroad, and keeping them all in perfect state of preservation and functioning.
Triora (about 60' by car)
In Valle Argentina we find Triora, the village of witches, or rather, the village where many poor innocent women were tried and condemned for “acts of witchcraft”. This happened at the time when the Inquisition reached the highest peaks of sadism and persecution. Triora has transformed this ugly episode of his past on the occasion of a tourist revival, with the Ethnographic Museum of Witchcraft, in which the tragic history that happened in the sixteenth century is told to the public.
Interesting to visit the area of Cabotina, where the alleged witches were inhabited.
Other attractions: the beautiful landscapes on the valley, lovely walks in the surroundings, and the classic and excellent “Triora bread” produced by a local oven with ground high quality semolina.
Bussana Vecchia (about 40', motorway A10 - exit Arma di Taggia)
An artistic village built on the ruins of an abandoned medieval village stands out on a sinuous hill behind Sanremo and offers a suggestive and surprising image. In 1887 a violent earthquake struck the inland of Sanremo, severely damaging Bussana Vecchia. The village was abandoned until the establishment of a community of artists, started in the Sixties. Since then, the village has been brought back to life by artists from all over the world, who have worked very hard to repair the buildings and still carry out their activities there.
It is possible to visit the village, the ateliers and the numerous places that welcome the tourists in the restored parts. Recently, the Italian state has opened a dispute with the inhabitants asking for the payment of very high taxes for the use of the abandoned buildings; the litigation is still in place and and the outcomes are uncertain.