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Cervo: photo description (Cervo)

Cervo is a tiny picturesque village situated in the Ligurian Riviera, in Northwest Italy South of Albenga. This part of the coast known as the Riviera di Ponente. The town can boast a beach area and the medieval part lying on the hill, away from the beach.

Cervo has a long history that more than two thousand years ago, in the 2nd century BC, the Romans founded here, on the ancient via Aurelia, the settlement. Then this road was an important trade route from France to Spain. Later in Cervo pilgrims stopped, and in the 21st century, the village became a popular holiday destination among tourists. And today the main sector of the local economy - the service sector, focused on tourism. Come here on tour from the nearby larger resorts of Diano Marina or Alassio and long vacation. Tourists are attracted by the picturesque old house on the hill in the medieval part of the city, a small rocky beach and a lovely countryside. Cervo officially recognized as one of the most beautiful villages of Italy.

Among the attractions of Cervo can be called an ancient defensive wall built in the 16th century to protect the settlement from pirate raids, the elegant Church of San Giovanni Battista, which rises above the town and draws its façade is in Baroque style and the castle of the 11th century. In the latter today houses the Tourist office Cervo. The castle itself is one of the oldest buildings in the city. Up to our days preserved part of the ancient stone towers that once rose near the castle. At the end of the 12th century, Cervo a fortress was built, which included the castle and the tower and defensive wall. And in the 17th century, inside the fortress was built the Church of Santa Caterina d Alessandria. Since the 18th century the castle began to lose its military purpose and was gradually transformed into a municipal hospital. Today, in addition to the Tourist office is a small Museum of Ethnography.

From Cervo is an ideal base for excursions to other resort towns of the Ligurian coast, for example, in the fishing village Laigueglia or the Ghost town of Bussana Vecchia.