Dolceacqua and Nervia Valley

Dolceacqua and Nervia Valley

Don't be fooled by the name. Yes, Dolceacqua - which translates to "sweet" or fresh water - is ‘dolce’ but despite the play on words, we are here to talk about wine rather than water. Indeed, Dolceacqua is home to a famous Ligurian DOC wine, the “Rossese di Dolceacqua”. It is here that the Regional Enoteca is located, in the town awarded a Bandiera Arancione for exCelle townncy in tourism, hospitality and the environment, not to mention one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Reaching Dolceacqua is an experience of beauty, well represented by the Romanesque bridge painted by Claude Monet or by the Castello dei Doria. All this will make you fall in love with this village and ensure you return over and over again.

Nome in dialetto: Dösaiga

IAT: Via Patrioti Martiri, 30, Dolceacqua

Telefono: 0184 206666

Email: iat@dolceacqua.it

Buzzing around here is the black bee of western Liguria, which is one of the last Slow Food protected products (2021) as it is a very hardy species that produces fantastic honey.

Slowly getting lost amongst the alleys

In the heart of the village, savour every stone, be lost in the labyrinth of alleys, amazed by the vertical architectural solutions that make up for the lack of space. Then, head to the center for the multisensory experience of the Visionarium. Losing yourself in such beauty means discovering the 15thcentury Church of Sant’Antonio Abate, the Church of San Filippo Neri and the crypt of the Church of San Giorgio.

Among the “rock villages” of the Nervia valley, Rocchetta Nervina is worth a visit: it is a reference point for speleo-tourism. Its caves guard legends of witches and magic curators.

Apricale, Rocchetta Nervina and Pigna, to see and to eat

Val Nervia offers other treasures: Apricale is a “village clinging to a knoll”, a maze of alleyways and stone houses, with its Castello della Lucertola, museum and the Parish Church della Purificazione, with this church being located in a stunning piazza. Then there is Rocchetta Nervina, where the river has carved out a canyon offering splendid vistas. Nearby is Pigna, another perched village that will steal your heart as you experience pure emotions in the Church of San Michele Arcangelo, in front of the Canavesio polyptych before letting yourself be tempted by tastes. Savour a typical local product, the white bean of Pigna, a Slow Food presidium, served well cooked and seasoned with DOP olive oil, accompanied by a 'gotto' (or, glass) of Rossese wine.

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