Cervo town

Cervo town

One of the most beautiful villages in Liguria - a balcony overlooking the sea of the Piazzetta dei Corallini, with a play of shadows in the narrow alleys illuminated by the light coming from the windows of the pastel-toned houses, the high archways, the breath-taking slopes, the flowers and the olive trees forming the backdrop, all composing the fascinating Cervo. The village is comprised of elegant 16th-century buildings and alleyways embellished by characteristic restaurants, artisan workshops exhibiting ceramics, jewellery, coral and objects in leather and glass. Heading down towards the sea, you will come to Cervo's splendid coast, with its small bathing establishments and accesses to the free beach.

Nome in dialetto: Sêrvu

IAT: Piazza S. Caterina, Cervo

Telefono: 0183.406462

Email: infocervo@cervo.com

The village is famous for its coral fishermen, known as Corallini, who had their kingdom on the islet of Mezzombre, between Corsica and Sardinia.

Coral and the Church of San Giovanni Battista

From the village of Cervo, the great Church of San Giovanni Battista emerges as a true jewel of the Ligurian Baroque, rich in splendid frescoes and grandiose decorations. It is known as the Church of “Corallini” due to having been constructed between the 17th and 18th centuries with the proceeds of the fishermen who fished coral from the seas of Corsica and Sardinia

It is said that one morning the Corallini fleet, with more than a hundred men, left for Corsica. A storm destroyed all their ships and the sailors died. This is why Cervo was so named.

Music and literature

Summer in Cervo is animated by events with music and literature as the protagonists. The famous Cervo Ti Strega has been held for years, as an evening of meetings where the five finalist writers of the Strega prize talk about their novels. Much beloved is the Cervo Festival, featuring famous musicians who perform in front of the Church of Corallini, the concave façade of which renders the acoustics almost perfect. A magical setting where you can be carried away by the notes of classical music.

The main product is extra virgin olive oil. The olive trees are on the hills behind the village. A vine variety imported from Candia yields the white wine Vermentino.

Ceramics and workshops in Cervo

The Castello dei Clavesana sits at the highest point of the village. This 17th century construction today houses the Ethnographic Museum. The extensive perimeter of the castle is adorned with handmade ceramic and works in terracotta. Quaint ceramic objects and jewels can be purchased in the craft shops populating the ancient village.

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