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San Michele di pagana: photos, description San Michele di Pagana)

San Michele di pagana is one of the most beautiful villages of the Ligurian Riviera, located on the road from Rapallo to Santa Margherita Ligure. Crystal clear sea, reflected in the water the tops of pine trees scattered on the hills, luxurious villas and old fishing houses on the shore - that's what attracts tourists to this tiny settlement. In summer, the bays of Pomaro, Travello (Trela) and Rotting with their small beaches are filled with tourists and vacationers from Rapallo. But beach holidays are not the only one that can offer San Michele di pagana. In the village you can visit the ancient parish Church, is decorated with priceless works of art, including "the Crucifixion" painted by Anton van dyke. In the village cemetery you can see many monuments, historical and artistic point of view. And Memorial Park, facing the sea, delights with its mighty pines.

Probably San Michele di pagana was founded in Roman times, talking about the ruins of the ancient port and various artifacts (vases and amphorae), recently discovered on the seabed. On the promontory of Punta pagan stands the Saracen tower, which construction refers to the middle of the 16th century - it was built by order of the Senate of the Republic of Genoa to protect the coast from pirates. This decision was taken after the attack of the famous pirate Dredge in Rapallo, and the tower together with the old castle was part of a defensive complex of the Gulf of Tigullio. Today the tower is owned by the Italian Fund for the environment, which since the 1980s years has been restoring antique design and implementation of thematic events. At the same Cape you can see the Castello di Punta pagana, built in 1625, the year to protect against possible attacks from the Franco-Piedmontese troops during clashes in the Genoese Republic with king Emmanuel I of Savoy. Today the castle and its surrounding Park are owned by the Sovereign order of Malta and cannot be visited.

The aforementioned parish Church of San Michele di pagana dedicated to the patron Saint of the village is Saint Michael the Archangel. It is believed that it was built in the 12th century on the site of a more ancient pagan temple. In the 17th and 18th centuries it was rebuilt several times, and at the end of the 19th century a large fire seriously damaged the sacristy, and the Church had to be closed for restoration. In addition to paintings by van dyke in the Church preserved paintings of Dutch artists of the 15th-16th centuries and works by Guido Reni and Luca Giordano.