Tovo San Giacomo and Borghetto Santo Spirito

Tovo San Giacomo and Borghetto Santo Spirito

Do you want to find tranquillity, especially in summer when the coast is overcrowded, only three kilometres from the sea? In Tovo San Giacomo this is possible. Experience the hospitality of one of its highly original and popular bed & breakfasts and discover a village with slow rhythms, punctuated by the tolling of bells, which have a very special flavour here. In fact, Tovo, in the hamlet of Bardino Nuovo, houses one of the most important museums dedicated to watches.

IAT: Piazza Don Zunino, Tovo San Giacomo

Telefono: 019 6379035

IAT: Piazza Italia, Borghetto S.S.

Telefono: 0182 970000

On the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Tovo Clock Museum, a documentary film was made entitled Time Beyond the Ocean telling the story of the tower clock sold in 1934 to the Salesian Mission in Puerto Santa Cruz in Patagonia, Argentina.

The Museum of Time

Looking at a bell tower, have you ever been curious to know how the mechanism of a tower clock works? Thanks to Giovanni Bergallo, the last watchmaker, who donated his collection to the town (the oldest piece is from the 16th century), you can discover all the secrets of these time machines. Dials, hands, pulleys and 'mirabilia': everything speaks of this magical and fascinating vanished world.

From here, you can set off on an itinerary to discover the hinterland and fascinating villages. Among them is Colletta di Castelbianco, which has been awarded the label 'I Borghi più Belli d'Italia'.

Borghetto S. Spirito

Descending to the sea from Tovo, towards the west, you will find another village offering tranquillity, suspended as it is between much more frenetic localities: this is Borghetto Santo Spirito, with its small pedestrian old town, its cosy little square, its oratory, its small shops, bathing establishments and bars, ready for a good coffee. Borghetto's seafront promenade, connecting it with Loano and Ceriale, is away from the road and is therefore very popular with families with children, who can play undisturbed and safe.

The world-renowned Michelini peach was obtained from seed in 1930 by Mr Michelini in Borghetto Santo Spirito. Borghetto gave birth to two other varieties: Dessiè and Dantin.

A village for families and sportsmen and women

In Borghetto you can windsurf, sail, enjoy the cycle path or ride a mountain bike up to Monte Piccaro, close to the village. An easy loop route suitable for a walk that passes near the beautiful, private Borelli Castle and offers a breathtaking view of the entire West Coast Riviera. For art seekers, the Church of San Matteo, containing numerous works by the Genoese painter Badaracco, is worth a visit. The artist painted a peculiar view of Borghetto from the sea, while he was comfortably seated on a boat.

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