BADALUCCO AND MONTALTO – Two gorgeous Medieval villages where traditions live on, full of life…
Durata: 4-5 ore approsimativamente.
In the cities, all is standardized to satisfy frenetic modern life, but in the villages a love of the past and the desire to hold on to true traditions are still strong. Even the food and flavours are protected and conserved, as genuine as in days gone by, contrasting with all modern standardization… Here, in the Valle Argentina, respect for traditions means, first and foremost, Quality of Life.
Upriver from Taggia, the Argentina valley meanders between the hills of olive trees and holm oaks up to Medieval Badalucco, situated on a bend in the river, and overlooked by a hill and the loggia of Palazzo Boeri. Its small lanes are an open gallery of murals and colourful ceramics. Of great interest are the baroque parish church, and the brigde, known as Santa Lucia, the construction of which dates from 1555. It’s a tiny little village with old people sitting about on stone benches in the sunshine, and a lot of young people still living and working here. Badalucco is a good place to stop, taste good food, and enjoyrelaxation, art, and Nature.
Highter up overlooking the valley we find Montalto. Its houses lined up along a crest, its Medieval appearance still intact. In this village you will feel like walking in the past. There is a lovely baroque parish church, housing unique artworks, and the country church of San Giorgio, with 14th century frescoes. The Loggia degli Sposi (Honeymoon Lodge) creates a romantic corner among the houses and the cobbled streets.
At the end of the tour we will visit a local oil mill where we taste the local “green gold”, the extra-virgin olive oil DOP Riviera Ligure – Riviera dei Fiori (i.e. PDO, protected designation of origin), and the Taggiasca olive, the queen among olives. Our local expert will illustrate the features of extra virgin olive oil DOP Riviera Ligure Riviera dei Fiori and you will enjoy an in-depth guided oil tasting.
Guided tour of the village, led by licensed tourist guide.