Hi incurable travellers,
as I anticipated before, over the April long weekend we went to Liguria and we were guests at the Villa Giada Resort, which is located on the Western Ligurian coast, more precisely in Imperia.
The Ligurian city was recently constituted, it was born as a municipality in 1923, but it has ancient origins; formerly it was divided into Porto Maurizio and Oneglia, respectively to the right and left of the Impero stream. Still today, especially among the elders, the belligerent spirit of belonging to one or another community is very strong. Historically, the first area is devoted to tourism, fishing, and boating. The marina was recently renovated and there are moored dream yatches. It is very picturesque, with the many ‘caruggi’ (alleyways), the small ‘creuze’ (alleys) that numerous prestigious palaces overlook.
The hill of Porto Maurizio photographed by the docks of the marina is the symbol image of Imperia. The old town, perched on the promontory of the Parasio, is dominated by the neo-classical Saint Maurice’s cathedral, the largest Ligurian church.
Oneglia, instead, mainly extends around Piazza Dante, from which start some of the major streets of the modern city. Historically, it is the industrial centre of the city, with many establishments of well-known food industries linked to the production of olive oil and pasta. Oneglia is characterized by a Piedmontese architecture, reminder of the period in which it was under the Savoy and the Kingdom of Sardinia.
An interesting activity for teens is to visit the Olive Oil Museum, which is housed in a splendid liberty building by the architect Rodolfo Winter, formerly the headquarter of the Carli brothers, where you can admire a beautiful coloured glass designed by Talman.
For the little ones, you can plan a visit to Villa Grock and the Clown Museum, a sophisticated building that dominates Oneglia, and inside of which there is a magical path dedicated to the circus and to the art of clowns. You will find yourself immersed in fabulous places, you will reflect in magical mirrors, open wardrobes of wonders, ancient ghosts will appear from nothing. The same fairy-tale atmosphere characterizes the villa’s park, where you can get lost among walkways, columns, arches, unique decorations of their kind, fountains and the pond with an Oriental-inspired bridge.
For cycle tourism lovers, the hilly hinterland of the Ligurian town offers the chance to try different tracks, depending on your training, surrounded by olive trees that characterize the landscape of the Ligurian Riviera.
During our stay we stayed at Villa Giada Resort, if you want to know our review on this property, you just have to read the article: Villa Giada resort our experience and we also visited the Aquarium of Genoa with kids
Article translated from Italian by Chiara Casagrande