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Redentore

Il Redentore

The symbol of the high mountains for the inhabitants of Western Liguria Located on the Saccarello, which with its 2201 meters above sea level is the highest mountain in Liguria, the statue of the Redentore (Redeemer) dominates the valleys of the province of Imperia, next to the province of Cuneo and France.The Redentore embraces with […]

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Carnino Superiore

Carnino Superiore

Where Brigasca culture is at home With the invasion of the Saracens in Lower Piedmont, during the tenth century a part of the population found refuge in the impervious valleys on the border with Liguria and France. Thus was born the Brigasca culture, founded on pastoralism and on the cultivation of cereals and potatoes, introduced […]

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Punta Marguareis

Punta Marguareis

The highest peak in the Ligurian Alps Punta Marguareis is the highest peak in the Ligurian Alps, 2651 m high. It rises at the top of the Tanaro, Pesio and Roia valleys. On its peak passes the border between Italy and France.The whole area is well known for karst phenomena, with caves that reach up […]

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Valle dei Maestri

Valle dei Maestri

Temple of agro-pastoral culture The Valle dei Maestri (teachers’ valley) originates from the Colle dei Signori and slopes gently down to the Gola della Chiusetta, above Carnino.The wide valley of glacial origin has been a popular pasture for centuries: tradition has it that the name itself derives from the priest-teachers who took care of the […]

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Chiesa di Sant'Erim

Church of Sant’Erim

Place of worship for shepherds in transhumance The church of Sant’Erim stands in the Valle dei Maestri, built to support the shepherds’ families during summer transhumance. The cult of Saint Erasmus, traditionally patron of sailors, was also welcomed to protect those who were devoted to sheep farming.The foundation of the chapel probably dates back to […]

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Via del Sale

Via del Sale – Via Marenga

Connection between the sea and the northern lands By the name of Via del Sale we often mean the military road built in the thirties as a link between the military installations of the Vallo Alpino di Ponente.However, in more remote times, goods and salt followed paths and mule tracks near the ridges, such as […]

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Gregge di pecore Brigasca

Brigasca sheep on the Tanarello Pass

A large flock along the Via Marenga The Brigasca breed was at risk of extinction: autochthonous of the Occitan area, it was disappearing in favor of other more productive breeds. Thanks to the rediscovery of the typical cheese, called “toma”, obtained from its milk, this sheep with rustic characteristics has returned during the last fifteen […]

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Via Marenca

Via Marenca

The thousand-year-old highway The Via Marenca is a route that connected Piedmont, France and the northern regions with the coast, allowing people to move and trade, primarily salt. A stretch of great strategic importance connected the villages of the Impero, Maro and Prelà valleys, reaching Oneglia, the landing point of merchant ships even before th […]

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