Alassio: the city of lovers

It all began one evening with Hemingway - this is how the painter Mario Berrino has always recounted that far-off evening in 1952, when he and the great American writer came up with a winning idea based on solid roots: that of Alassio as a city of lovers. It was an ingenious intuition that resulted in the tiles bearing the signatures of the world's most famous people, from Anita Eckberg to Louis Armstrong, from Renato Dulbecco to Mike Bongiorno: placed next to the Lovers' Wall.

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In Corso Dante Alighieri are the wall and 'Les amoureux' by Reymond Peynet not far away the Steel Storks by Umberto Mastroianni and the romantic Little Fishes Kissing designed by Mario Berrino. This is the first stop on a route that then passes through Alassio's famous 'budello' (alley) and leads to the 'Balzola' café-pastry shop, where the famous baci di Alassio (Alassio kisses) were created and are produced: a chocolate treat that you cannot miss.

Villa Pergola

After tasting the sweet and recalling the story of Adelasia and Aleramo, the two lovers who in the year 1000 defied convention and fate in the name of their love, you can set off towards Villa della Pergola, in Via privata Montagu, a beautiful late 19th-century mansion, surrounded by a lush garden with rich Mediterranean and exotic flora. Here, eye to eye, one falls in love simply admiring the beautiful water lilies and lotus flowers growing luxuriantly in the ponds. From the suites, on the other hand - all furnished with refinement, antique paintings and late 19th century furniture - you will enjoy a romantic view of the Gulf of Alassio.

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