you walk in the footsteps of Emperor Augustus retracing the ancient Roman Road that since the first century BC linking Rome to Spain in one of the most picturesque routes of the Riviera di Ponente between Albenga and Alassio. In terse days Mistral can enjoy beautiful landscapes on Natural Park of Gallinara Island, gathering for wild fruits that the walk offers: wild berries, medlars, figs during almost the whole summer immersed in the ruins of "Albingaunium."
Recommended Path: climbing up to the Roman funerary monument (Pilone) from Punta S. Martino d'Albenga you walk three km. up and walk halfway through the incomparable views between natural beauty, ancient Roman tombs, remains of pavement and an ancient Roman church of Santa Anna finally reaching the fascinating church of St. Cross built by the Benedictine monks of Gallinara and the walk George Byron where the intrepid English poet dug for a long time looking for a fabulous treasure that should remain buried there.

Piazza S. Michele is the heart of the historic centre, where the Cathedral overlooks with its bell tower, one of the most interesting monuments late Gothic and containing interesting works of art as well a monumental body of the nineteenth century. Do not miss the Baptistery plan external decagonal dating back to fifth century. AD, the Palazzo Vecchio of Municipality (host of interesting Museum Ingauno) the fourteenth century., Piazzetta dei Leoni dominated by Palazzo Costa (today Bishopric), XV and XVI and the Palazzo Peloso Cepolla which hosts the XVII ' Important Naval Museum Romano. The Museum presents a section of underwater archaeology, not to be missed, which arose following the discovery of a Roman tribute ship sank in I sec. BC on the seabed off the island Gallinara. The objects recovered are outlined here and include the remains of the hull, a large number of wine amphorae and some doliola, large earthenware containers coming, along with other artefacts, from other Roman shipwrecks found on the seabed in the area.

Dozens of medieval villages, wildlife, the largest caves of Europe, mountains and forests where you can still admire the abundant flora and wildlife. buzzards and pheasants, hawks and some rare specimens of golden eagle. And yet beech-marten and wild boar, deer and foxes that roam freely among olive trees and chestnut, more and raspberries, figs and wild medlar, ideal and fertile soil for the growth of mushrooms, mushrooms, tacks, field mushrooms, agaric and so on between the valleys Arroscia and Neva. And yet events and festivals (Pigato, Peaches and Wild Boar the most famous ones where you can taste the countless local specialties accompanied by wines typical of the area, including the Pigato wine, the prince of Albenga’s wines of the area and Rossese among those red) , Historical and culinary.
Routes recommended by motor: taking the direction Highway, pass it and head towards Cisano sul Neva, fortified by Albenga centre where they are visible medieval walls and towers, including the best known "Tower of Saracens", another Roman funerary monument. Do not miss two kilometres away the Castle of Conscente.
Back to Cisano continue towards the village of Zuccarello, one of the most important and best preserved examples of medieval architecture built by one of the most important families of the times, Del Carretto. From here the journey continues to Castelvecchio Rocca Barbena, whose castle was built in the eleventh century by Clavesana first and by Marquis Del Carretto then.
From here you can contemplate one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Ligurian hinterland.
From Castelvecchio of R.B. you have two options: to continue towards the fresh mountain site Bardineto and Calizzano, or falling back towards Balestrino and Toirano, amazing medieval centre where you can admire one of the oldest and certainly most extended caves of Europe. A real beauty not to be missed.
From Bardineto, known centre for the collection of mushrooms, you can still return to Toirano, while from Calizzano the path becomes a little more tortuous and finally down towards the sea, thirty km. from Albenga.
Toirano: it deserves a mention apart from this small village that traces its origins to the Stone Age, then continue up to the Roman, Byzantine and then to the Middle Ages, in a historical continuity that has few similarities.
The main attraction of Toirano are over 50 natural caves and the principal ones are the Bàsura Cave, the Caves of St. Lucia and Lower and Upper Cave of Colombo. These caves gave refuge for thousands of years to the bear caves and prehistoric man of the Upper Palaeolithic, whose bone remains are still clearly visible, together with imprints of legs and feet on the ground, nails, hands and knees on the walls.
Long 1,300 mt. approx., the Caves presents an extraordinary formations of thin crystals of aragonite and some of them hold huge stalactites that can be admired in the various natural groundwater halls. The most important are the Hall of the Crystals, Morelli, Pond, the Pantheon and the Hall of the Capitals. During the journey a great cast of alabaster, lithic tools attributed to the Neanderthal and other key testimonies of human occupation from the Lower Paleolithic to the Neolithic, are some of the countless wonders who may encounter.
The town retains two of the five portals, houses, arcades and loggias and still a medieval tower. Interesting the ethnographic museum where there are exposed gears and tools belonging to the civilization and craftsmanship, as well as a rich collection of tools included in reconstruction environments of the eighteenth-nineteenth century.

Admire the exotic and wild beauty of the Marine Reserve of the Island Gallinara Natural Park at sunset, sipping a refreshing drink or a glass of fresh Pigato (flagship of albenganese white wines) at the kiosk on the beach, the closest to the island, or climb up to the nearby hills surrounding the Colombera, an ancient fortress villa belonged to the Marquis of Ventimiglia, grandnephew of famous Black Pirate. From here you can contemplate games of light at sunset, once the sun dropped behind the mountains, illuminate the remains of turtle-shaped.
Ancient stronghold of Benedictine monks that during the tenth century administered the Ligurian coast, still retains traces of its prestigious history and some rare plants found only in some remote areas of the Mediterranean.

Off our coast, when the island becomes a luminous point km away. from the jagged far horizon and where the boundaries to 360 ° are those of the International Sanctuary in the sea of Liguria and Corsica, live "the living mountains " of the seas: whales, estimated at least 2500 copies. And with them at least eight different species of cetaceans including: Fin Whale, Sperm-Whale, Long-Finned Pilot Whales, Cuvier’s Beaked Whale, and the most sympathetic sea friend of the Man, the Dolphin. You can track Risso’s Dolphin, Bottle Nose Dolhin and Striped Dolphin.
Lately some agencies grew up specialising in "whale watching” sighting whales.
For further information about the Cetaceans and its boat trip, we refer at the paragraph below, “recommended excursions ".

A refreshing swim in the clear water in front of the Island Gallinara Natural Park?

Sailing, rowing or water pedaling: with the sea calm the best way remains a dinghy boat that you can rent in Albenga and in few minutes you’re in front of the island where, in the surreal silence interrupted only by the waves that break on the imposing rocks of the island, you can observe with admiration the majesty of nature and sea in all its integrity. You are strongly advised to remain under the coast and not to venture south of the island towards the open sea where they may be born currents and dangerous adventures. We suggest always to ask about the status of the sea and wind at the security officers of the beaches, before to undertake any private initiative that might endanger the safety of other persons.

By engine: departing from piers on the coast there are some boats that carry out guided tours circumnavigating the island that we recommend to visitors who wish to admire it in all its completeness. By these means you can visit the south without any danger.

For passionate divers we recommend around Albenga’s shore the wreck “Umberto I” ad 50 mt depth just outside the island, the “Roman Ship” (Need of a special permission from Ministry of Cultural Heritage) at . 41 mt., the “Secca della Tosa” at -36 meters.. In Ceriale you can visit the wreck “Citta di Sassari” at -25 meters., in Loano the wrecks “Tiflys” or “ Oued de Tiflet” at – 46 / 51 mt., in Andora “La Bettolina” at – 47 mt. and the wreck “Aranci” at – 18 / 22 . You can even visit a recovery area where you can meet maculate groupers, scorpion fish, octopus as well as prized fish like gilt head, bass and dories. Not to forget the biggest wreck of Meditarrean Sea, the “Haven” in Arenzano at a depths of – 30 / 90 mt. There’s also a Christ of the Abyss down into the sounding dephts of the island, but divers are not allowed diving with cylinders unless previous permission.

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