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5052

APRICALE & DOLCEACQUA – Two charming gems of the Italian Riviera

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Duration: 5-6 hours

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The Val Nervia is an absolute must-see place of the Riviera dei Fiori. It is one of the loveliest parts of Liguria’s hinterland. This is the domain of one of the finest Italian wines which is gaining popularity and is in great demand worldwide. Rossese di Dolceacqua or Dolceacqua, a ruby red wine.

If you love the calm of the stone villages of the Ligurian hinterland, you must visit Apricale, a little medieval jewel in Val Nervia. The village takes its name from the Latin apricus, meaning “sunny”. Many of the buildings date from the 11th century and the town hosts theatrical events in summer. In the morning you will enjoy the guided tour of Apricale – led by licensed tourist guide. You will fall in love with the unique charm, and the Mediterranean scents and tastes of this enchanting village, loved by painters and poets.

In the afternoon we will visit Dolceacqua, a medieval village dominated by the imposing ruin of the Castello dei Doria which towers over the old town on the left bank of the river. Dominated by the historical castle, Dolceacqua is the ancient village, which the Impressionist painter Claude Monet immortalized on canvas. “The place is superb, there is a bridge that is a jewel of lightness”, he wrote in his diary. The thing to do here is to sit in a café in the square in the old town and simply enjoy the view, which the Impressionist painter Claude Monet immortalized on canvas.

In the afternoon we drive back to Sanremo, passing through another path, and we enjoy a drive among  ancient mansions and wonderful gardens. Here we’ll see the landscapes painted by Monet, a sort of forest of olive groves, palm trees, Mediterranean flowers, and local aromas. An unforgettable and unique Monet’s experience, discovering the places Claude Monet loved.

Optional: lunch at a typical Agriturismo, where you can taste the ancient recipes of the nonnas of this wonderful valley, made with the fresh vegetables from local kitchen gardens.

 Experience highlights:

  • Shared tour – transfer by minivan or car;
  • Guided tour of Apricale and Dolceacqua, led by licensed tourist guide;
  • Visit of the Doria castle (entrance tickets are not included).
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