U paise di balui
Bellissimi is an hamlet of the municipality of Dolcedo, surrounded by olive trees, whose cultivation was started by the monks of Lerins in 1119, the year of foundation of the Church of San Martino. The village is also called “U paise di balui” (the village of the balloons): here the ancient tradition of hot air balloons survives, launched during specia occasions, such as the festivity of Madonna della Misericordia which is held every first Sunday of September.
Fonti: Andrea Gandolfo – Sito amici di bellissimi http://www.amicidibellissimi.org/category/localita/ – “La Provincia di Imperia” edita da Blu Edizioni 2005
Testo a cura di Nicola Ferrarese, immagini di Nicola Ferrarese