The village with painted doors
Valloria is a medieval village of the “Vallis Aurea”, a name that derives from the color of olive oil, cultivated here for centuries. In the tiny alleys, called “carruggi”, peasant history marries art: around the nineties the Amici di Valloria association conceived an annual event in which several artists are assigned as many doors to be transformed into unique works. Today the village is considered an ever-changing open-air art gallery.
Hunted by an ant invasion!
In Valloria it is said, with regard to the foundation of the town, that the inhabitants came from the nearby town of Castello, abandoned following an invasion of ants, so numerous and voracious that they even attacked the children in their cribs! The localities Castello and Stonzo are ghost towns with very ancient origins, certainly medieval, from which various inhabited areas of the valley originated.
Other countries of the Ligurian Ponente boast similar legends about their foundation: Aurigo and Sarola, in the adjacent Valle Impero, were born following the abandonment of a primitive village, attacked by ants. As the historian Andrea Gandolfo * hypothesizes, these unlikely events could conceal a more concrete and tragic epidemic or pestilence in the low medieval period that forced the inhabitants to start from scratch elsewhere.
Fonte: “La Provincia di Imperia” edita da Blu Edizioni 2005 e Valloria.it
Testo a cura di Nicola Ferrarese, immagini di Claudio Cecchi