The city of painted facades and chocolate
Its name may be confusing to tourists visiting for the first time. Despite its name, Novi Ligure is actually located in Piedmont, in the province of Alessandria. The link with Liguria is, however, historically very strong and the Genoese, who controlled it for a long time, have left several signs of their passage. Like the beautiful painted facades of the old town centre, colourful evidence of the Novi’s splendour during the 17th century. Among the decorations not to be missed is undoubtedly that of Palazzo Costa, in Piazza Dellepiane, with its two sundials.
Also stop to admire the Cathedral, the Church of the Magdalene and the Salt Fountain, in memory of when, in the 19th century, the Novi’s inhabitants protested against the British who had confiscated the entire salt and tobacco depository.
Novi Ligure will tempt your palates with chocolate and flavours that mix Genoese and Piedmontese traditions. Indulge in a slice of focaccia or a plate of corzetti, a round, thin pasta format to be prepared with mushrooms and sausage.