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Valley of Nervia: photos, description (Val di Nervia)

Valley of Nervia lies 4 km from the resort town of Bordighera on the Ligurian Riviera of Italy. The road that runs along the river, Nerve, leads to the base of the mountains, Toraja and Pietrafraccia. The variety of landscapes that within only a few kilometers vary from coastal to mountain, a cosy medieval village with numerous monuments of architecture and culture that has preserved the atmosphere of the past and picturesque old holidays and festivals, as well as the opportunity to see breathtaking scenery - all this makes the valley Nervia mandatory destination for those who go to relax in Western Liguria.

At a height of 25 meters above sea level is the small village of Camporosso, with a population of about 5 thousand people. Its main attraction is the Church of St. Peter, built in the 11th century and partially preserved its original appearance, the right part of the building, a square bell tower and apse. The frescoes decorating the Church date from the 15th to 17th centuries. In January to Camporosso is the celebration of the patron Saint of St. Sebastian, and in September - festival "barbacoa', a kind of ravioli stuffed with pumpkin.

A little further on, on the bottom of the valley, Nervia, is located another village of Dolceacqua, which is home to about 2 thousand people. Once it was a fief of the counts of Ventimiglia, but in the 12th century it became the property of Oberto Doria, the future winner of the naval battle at Meloria. In 1524, the year Dolceacqua was captured by the Savoy family, a hundred years later became part of the Kingdom of Sardinia. At the very center of the village flows the river, Nervia, the banks of which here are connected by a 33-metre elegant arched bridge built in the Middle ages. This bridge, as well as the castle and residential area that grew around the rock called "Earth" are symbols of a medieval Liguria and the life which today is outside the historic city walls. The castle was built from the 12th to the 15th century, but in 1745, the year was almost completely destroyed, with the exception of two lateral square towers and one round. Today, there are theatrical performances and concerts.

Another noteworthy village in the valley of Nervia - Rocchetta of Nervina, which is home to only 300 people. It is notable for its defensive system and two medieval arched bridges. Also worth seeing is the Baroque Church of St. Stephen.

At the confluence of the river Nervia and merbanco Creek, is the small fortified village of Isolabona. The entrance is through the South Gate and the main street divides the town into two parts and crosses two areas where you can see the Church Santa Maria Maddalena and the Baroque chapel. In the center of Isolabona is an octagonal stone fountain, made in 1486, the year, and next, the cemetery attracts the attention of the Romanesque Church of Santa Maria. Preserved and the ruins of the castle of the late 13th century.

Finally, we drove to the medieval village of Pigna, consisting of lying on the slopes of the historic centre and is located in the valley more modern part of the city. It attracts attention for its well-preserved medieval streets with old houses and hot springs of lake Pigo.