San Lorenzo and Vallata

San Lorenzo and Vallata

San Lorenzo al Mare is indeed a village with many souls, but the one that strikes you immediately is its 'cycling' soul. References are everywhere. The cycle path, first and foremost, which for years has offered tourists and enthusiasts an all-season attraction. Then the myth: the immediate hinterland of San Lorenzo lies on the route of one of the great climbs of the Milan-San Remo cycling race, i.e. the village of Cipressa, always ready for an aperitif or dinner overlooking the sea.

Nome in dialetto: Sàn Loénso a-o Mâ

IAT: Comune di San lorenzo al mare, Via Aurelia, 70, 18017 San Lorenzo al Mare (IM)

Telefono: 0183-930109

Email: comune@comune.sanlorenzoalmare.im.it

One of the many legends about Mary Magdalene is that during the journey from the Holy Land to Provence, she stopped on a rock opposite San Lorenzo al Mare and prayed there. The rock, known as S. Maria Maddalena, was submerged in the 1960s during the construction of the municipal marina.

San Lorenzo: two villages in one

Ancient legends speak of the foundation of San Lorenzo by brigands. The fact is that in reality there were two separate, competing villages that arose on the banks of the San Lorenzo River 100 years apart, each with its own church. It was not until 1749 that the two settlements were reunited, and today, accompanied by the works of Carin Grudda, a German artist and author of an authentic 'diffuse museum', you can move from the village to the public beach with its fine sand, a children's paradise;from the Church of the Magdalena to the small harbour, from the sea to the more modern settlement with its small shops.

On this journey into the rural world, do not overlook Torre Paponi, with its delightful Giara Museum.

San Lorenzo Valley towards Pietrabruna

The San Lorenzo valley climbs up and in a few minutes leaves its seaside appearance to become woodland and olive groves. Salt in Pietrabruna, home of the stroscia, an ancient cake made with olive oil that has become famous in recent years. Don't miss the enchanting village of Boscomare, with its imposing parish church dedicated to St Bernard Abbot, by Marvaldi, with its elliptical plan. The village is adorned with murals and works of art by young artists, led by the more mature Giacomo Fossati, who greets you with a smile in his studio, 'U gumbu de Miché', housed in an old oil mill. And finally, in this journey into the rural world, do not leave out Torre Paponi, with its delightful Giara Museum.

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