Greenery, olive oil and history in western Liguria
The Ligurian province of Imperia stretches along the western shore of the Italian Riviera, home to several famous seaside towns, including Bordighera, Albenga and Sanremo, which hosts the well-known Italian Song Festival. The area is known for producing oil and olives. The village of Taggia cultivates the taggiasca variety of olive, small and dark, characterised by a delicate flavour.
The city of Imperia boats the largest church in Liguria: San Maurizio Cathedral, flanked by twin bell towers that rise up 36 metres. The Ligurian capital is also known for being the birthplace of writer Edmondo De Amicis, author of the famous novel Heart. The municipal library houses a faithful reconstruction of his study, with photographs, notes and a collection of over 3,000 books.
If you find yourself near Imperia, be sure not to miss the chance to visit to the Pasticceria Piccardo, which was founded in 1905 and is now listed as a Locali Storici d’Italia (Historic Establishment of Italy). The story goes that Fausto Coppi, with a 14-minute lead, abandoned the 1946 Milan-San Remo cycle race and popped in for a coffee.