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Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena: photos, description (Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena)

Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena is a quiet village situated in the hills 15 km North-West of Albenga in the Western part of the Ligurian coast. Tourists are attracted by the historic centre which has preserved its appearance since the middle Ages, and the ancient castle, which looks at the surroundings from a high hill.

Better to Park outside Castelvecchio - the narrow streets of the historic centre of the city not designed for cars. It is better to wander on foot and admire the wonderful old houses that give the town its unique appearance. Many houses have a covered gallery with ancient stone arches, while some may notice a strange protrusion on the outer walls - in the past these bumps were located a traditional oven.

One of the most interesting of the city churches is the small Church of Santa Maria del Assunzione, built in the 15th century and substantially rebuilt two centuries later, when his face appeared the features of the Baroque style.

Slightly away from Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena on a large rocky cliff stands the Castello dei Clavesana, dated the 9th and 10th centuries. It was built here before the town, which traces its history only from the 11th century. In 1672, the year during the siege by the army of the Genoese Republic, the castle was seriously damaged and since then is in very poor condition.

Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena is considered one of the most beautiful small villages of Italy and is the owner of "Orange flag" - a prestigious award that is awarded to municipalities for sustainable development of tourism. Surprisingly, while there are not many shops and restaurants, although the hustle and bustle of the Ligurian coast is just a short drive away. By the way, the road to Castelvecchio can serve as a landmark, the views from the road, deserve special mention.