passo del bracco The passage of the Bracco is a place to pass 615 m above sea level on the SS Aurelia (SS1) in the Province of Genoa and La Spezia Province. It is an important step since Roman times because it connects the Cinque Terre and the hinterland of La Spezia with Tigullio.

This section of the SS1 Aurelia does not need much comment, and 'hard to find riders of the north and center who do not know what the Bracco.
From the very ancient times the mass of the Bracco wound a road network of fundamental importance to the connections between Liguria, Emilia and Tuscany. The main route was a path of high altitude, which started with a steep climb from San Lazzaro at Casarza Ligure, went up to Bracco and Mount St. Nicholas and fell in Lunigiana, from where it can continue to Lucca and Central Italy .

Probably due to the existence of a "hospitale" the road began to be called "milked of Povei" (Ascent of the Poor) because of the group of poor and travelers who gravitated zona.In in medieval times by the Bracco was very busy , especially by merchants that ran from Pontremoli to Insula (Sestri Levante) and then Ianua (Genoa), visiting different places.

passo del bracco map1 In the intermediate points should be road stations equipped to protect the goods warehouses, stables for mules, taverns for the refreshment of travelers. In the past, the streets were simple mule: the steep uphill sections needed to move quickly at high altitude and walk on the slopes of the ridge that would allow to reduce a little 'distances.

The only means of transport used, in addition to the back of a man, was the animal mules and donkeys with their loads proceeded in small groups or in caravans, under the guidance of experts muleteers. The merchants of Pontremoli, Lucca, Pisa or of its cities like Parma and Piacenza, concluded a contract of carriage with the "vetturiali" to whom they entrusted the precious goods by lavish payments.

It is estimated that the entire load of a merchant ship could be transferred out of a thousand mules, each of which could also lead to 130-140 kilograms of goods. There were hazards: landslides and cliffs, but also thieves and robbers who made the way of the bloodhound particularly infamous and forced local communities, at the invitation of the Republic of Genoa, organizing guards to protect travelers.
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sanremo_veduta aereaSanremo, the fourth center of Liguria is known as the city of flowers. The lush flora of the city is due to the mild climate which characterizes the Italian Riviera.

A temperate climate, a slight breeze that blows constantly and winter never too hard.

Sanremo was founded in Roman times along the Via Julia Augusta. In Trececnto passed under the Maritime Republic of Genoa. Napoleon was at the end of 700, while in 1814 it was annexed to the Kingdom of Sardinia Savoy.

sanremo-mapToday it is the seat of the Sanremo Festival of the Italian Song, the "Festival di Sanremo", which takes place at the Ariston theater every year for the past more than half a century. The city is home to more than a hundred years the Casino.

As for the architecture and art, Sanremo has some points of particular interest: the Castello Devachan, in a style that recalls the Art Nouveau, built at the end of 800, the Collegiate Basilica Cathedral of San Siro, the Russian Orthodox Church, wanted by the Russian nobility who came here to spend the winter at the end of 800.

Sanremo is a place ideal for a summer holiday, to enjoy the beautiful summer Liguria, and for a stay during the spring, during the festival, in winter, when the weather is mild and the scenery is gorgeous.
The protection offered in Sanremo from mountain ridge that rises immediately behind it makes the climate of the city is by far the most gentle among those detected in Liguria in northern Italy and in the top part of the center (similar climatic conditions will meet just south of the city of Rome).

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taggia panoramaTaggia is an Italian town of 14,541 inhabitants in the province of Imperia in Liguria.

The country is divided into two parts: Taggia, the historical center, located in the hinterland of the Argentina Valley and Arma, a seaside resort.

The two towns are connected by the area called Levà (the name comes from the Roman name to indicate a raised area).

The convent of San Domenico is a religious building site in square Blessed Christopher.

The buildings, now considered one of the largest art galleries in the painting school of Nice and Liguria, were built between 1460 and 1490 by master comacini Gasperino by Lancia and Philip Carlono.

Itaggiamapnside, besides the presence of the twelve altars, preserves precious paintings by various artists, including Adoration of the Magi attributed to Parmigianino and five paintings by Ludovico Brea such as the Annunciation of Mary in 1494, Our Lady of the Rosano 1513, St. Catherine in 1488, Our Lady of Mercy 1483-1488, the Baptism of Jesus and the Saints in 1495.

Among the other works of the Gregorio De Ferrari, John Canavesio, Raffaele De Rossi.

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