Imperia town and the Parasio
Itinerary from Borgo Prino to the ancient centre of Porto Maurizio. Going up to Parasio is truly like ascending to a heavenly place. The Parasio, a historic group of houses and churches in the shape of a turtle, is a treasure to behold and you will not tire of photographing it from all sides, from dawn to dusk, in winter as in summer, in sunshine or surrounded by clouds.
From Borgo Prino to Borgo Marina
You can reach this ancient, delightful fishing village full of colourful houses, small bars, beach and a first view of the Parasio via the A 10 motorway, Imperia town Ovest exit and parking in the Prino area. Next you will arrive at Borgo Foce, a small harbour surrounded by small restaurants. From here, the enchanting Passeggiata degli Innamorati (Lovers' Promenade), overlooking the sea, will lead you to Borgo Marina, offering sandy beaches, an expanse of sailboats along the piers, typical taverns and ice-cream parlours galore.
The cathedral of San Maurizio
Wander through the small alleyways of the historic centre and follow the signs to the cathedral. Follow the road uphill, and you will find yourself in front of an imposing neoclassical building, the cathedral of San Maurizio, completed in 1838, the largest church in Liguria designed by the architect Cantoni. The interior features original works by the most famous artists of 19th and 20th century Ligurian and Roman purism.
The Oratory of San Pietro and the Loggias of Santa Chiara
No offence to the cathedral, but the best-loved religious building in Parasio is the Oratory of San Pietro, dating back to 1100, later rebuilt in Baroque style, with a graceful 18th-century loggia and a small cylindrical bell tower. From the inside you can see the sea and you can feel in paradise! Today it is a popular venue for weddings and concerts. Don't miss the Logge di Santa Chiara, overlooking the sea, from which you can enjoy one of the most fascinating views of the city.