Finale Ligure: four villages to discover
A few kilometers from the bustling life of the coast, here this hinterland village, which was founded in 1100 by the Marquis Del Carretto. From '400 to '700 was the capital of the Marquis and the condition of walls, palaces, churches and castles distinguish it as one of the most beautiful "Borghi" (villages) in Italy.
Slate gates seal the imposing civil and religious buildings, among which the most important are the monastery of St. Catherine and the Basilica of St. Biagio, while the lanes are full of craft shops. An inheritance of creativity shaped in the "Stone of Finalese", in ceramic, in glass as well as in wood and iron. Moreover the Fort of St. Giovanni and ithe Diamond tower of Castel Gavone.
A walk to the sea at sunset, a castle overlooking the sea, pieces of great artistic value. All the inhabitants of the area for about ten centuries have been baptized in the ancient church of Finale, from 1578 church of the Capuchins, with the Basilica of St. John the Baptist, one of greatest exponent of Baroque in Liguria. The center of Finalmarina is only pedestrian: the opulent palaces of the Spanish domination show off slate portals, ornaments and crests. The arch dedicated to Margaret of Spain looks at the blue sea of Finale, with its octagonal tower of St. Bartolomeo.
A village that preserves the rural roots, with great respect for history and traditions. In Finalpia the landscape mixes in with terraced hills and olive trees. Around the Benedictine Abbey of Santa Maria di Pia develop the '500 typical architecture houses. Finalpia, once cradle of exotic species and citrus thanks to the mild climate, is now the fulcrum of excellent quality vineyards as Vermentino, Pigato, Rossese DOC of Riviera Ligure di Ponente, olive groves and citrus including the famous Chinotti.
A Mediterranean village, inseparable from the sea. A natural oasis where nature has been very generous: crystal-clear waters, olive and lemon trees that stand among softly colored houses. The Capo of Varigotti is a lovely lookout from which you can admire the Bay of Saracens. Part of the piers of stone are still recognizable and claim the sailors soul of the village. Location loved and celebrated by painters and writers in the twentieth century, all captivated by the atmosphere and landscape.