Varese Ligure e Val di Vara

Varese Ligure e Val di Vara

Varese Ligure lies at the heart of the Val di Vara - the valley of organic agriculture and the green oasis of the territory of La Spezia. This valley was the first in Italy to comprehend the value of nature and sustainability in focusing on organic farming and agriculture. Positioned amongst the most evocative villages in Italy and amidst the Bandiera Arancione (Orange Flag) municipalities of the Touring Club, Varese Ligure is at the forefront of environmental sustainability.

Nome in dialetto: Vaise

IAT: Via Portici 19

Telefono: 0187 842094

Luigia Ferrari married Domenico Pallavicini here. It was made eternal by Ugo Foscolo's ode “To Luigia Pallavicini Falling from a Horse”

Borgo Rotondo

A must in Varese Ligure is the Borgo Rotondo, where you will be fascinated by one of the oldest and best preserved historical centres in eastern Liguria. The Borgo Rotondo is truly stupefying. As a series of houses formed in an ellipse and in the typical bright tones of Ligurian homes, the area was conceived in the Middle Ages as a defensive system, constructed by the Fieschi family of feudal lords with a stronghold in Varese. The northern part of the village is safeguarded by the Castello dei Fieschi. Close by stands the Palazzo Ferrari, which hosted the wedding of Domenico Pallavicini and Luigia Ferrari, rendered eternal by Ugo Foscolo in his ode.

The Val di Vara was among the first in Italy to understand the value of nature and sustainability, focusing on organic farming and agriculture.

Excursions through the Ligurian mountains and natural oases

If you love mountaineering, various hiking trails will lead you along two of the main axes of the Ligurian pathways: the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri and the Alta Via delle Cinque Terre.

Porciorasco is a charming abandoned village awaiting recovery. Note the beautiful manor house, dating back to the 17th century.

Simple ingredients, tasty recipes

If you are passionate about local cuisine and tastings, this area is a true paradise. There are many dishes yet all are made with the few ingredients available, such as lasagna with leek sauce, tagliatelle pasta with beans and zimino, crosetti, tomaxelle and cuculletti (potato croquettes). Chestnut flour is very common, used to make castagnaccio (chestnut cake) and tagliatelle.

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