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Millesimo: photo description (Millesimo)

Millesimo, a small town located in the valley of the Bormida in the North-West of Liguria, 25 km from Savona. Quiet town with an interesting historic center is considered one of the most beautiful in Italy. Despite the fact that Millesimo is a bit on the side from the Ligurian Riviera, he certainly deserves a visit. Here in 1796, the year a Battle was fought at Millesimo between Napoleon's troops and the Austrian army, in which the French commander lost about 700 soldiers.

City center - area, which, in truth, more like a wide street. However, it is a pleasant place to stroll and experience Millesimo. Here you can see old buildings with arcades and interesting architectural elements like arched Windows. Nearby is one of the strangest monuments of the city - the Ponte della Gaietta with a medieval defensive tower and a gate in the middle. Once through these gates used for access to the city. In some parts of Europe are fortified bridges were common, but Northern Italy is a very unusual structure. By the way, in the city there is another medieval tower that today is part of City hall, she has remarkable teeth of red brick at the top.

The main Church Millesimo - the Church of Santa Maria e Sant'antonio, built in the Baroque style in the 15th century. Inside you can see various valuable artefacts such as the statue of the Madonna del Carmine, a crucifix of the school of Maragliano and baptismal font of the 15th century.

In Piazza Santa Maria is the more ancient Church of Santa Maria Extra Muros built in the 12th century outside the city walls. This is a simple, sturdy structure, laid out in Roman style, with a small tower on the right. Inside are preserved the baptismal font, and fragments of frescoes of the 16th century.

But perhaps the most impressive local Church is the cloister of Santa Maria del Deserto, lying a little apart from Millesimo in the same quarter. In the early 18th century on the place where today stands the monastery was a miracle of the apparition of the virgin Mary. However, the current building, including the dome and the main statue of the mother of God - the result of the later construction works. And the dome painting was done in 1940-ies.

In the centre of Millesimo you can also see the castle of the 13th century, a simple structure still dominates the city. The walls of the castle lie the gardens of the Villa Scarzella, and the Villa was opened the Museum of Napoleon and the visitor centre of the natural Park of BRIC Tana. By the way, a natural Park with its many Hiking trails are also worth visiting.