Since the thirties, the Cafe Roma on the corner of Via Cavour was one of the symbols of Alassio, visited by all the artists and celebrities of entertainment and art that came down in the town. Almost fifty years ago the owner Mario Berrino had the idea to put on the wall of the nearby gardens of Piazza della Libertà some tiles with the names of famous people who frequented the bar. Ernest Hemingway, a regular customer, was one of the first, together with the Quartet Cetra, and the tiles with their autographs were attacked by night for fear of fines or protests. But the authorities also liked the idea... It’s a game to look for the vips: Mina, Domenico Modugno, Fabrizio De Andrè, Valentino Rossi and other stars of culture and entertainment of yesterday and today.
The Church of Sant’Ambrogio:
among the rich heritage of Alassio churches, the most important is the parish church of St. Ambrogio, of fifteenth century, but built over an older church of tenth century.
The roman road
that from the center of Alassio arrives at Cape Santa Croce where the namesake church of twelfth century is perched in a beautiful location overlooking the sea, and from there continue along an archaeological walk to Albenga.
The Sanctuary of the Madonna della Guardia
built on the ruins of a medieval castrum, is full of sailors ex-voto and from his position on Monte Tirasso offers a panoramic view of the town.
The village of Solva
, high on the hill, with its fifteenth-century church of Santissima Annunziata, which has interesting frescoes, typical of the fifteenth century in Western Liguria, illustrating hell and vices.
It happens to see along the Ligurian coast towers or bastions, most often abandoned or dilapidated. But in the past their work was crucial: to spot and defend the coast from ferocious pirate raids. One example is that of Borgo Coscia in Alassio, built in the sixteenth century by the Genoese, still dominates with his mighty circular structure the heart of the Ligurian village.
The Tower of Vegliasco
Among the various towers, please note that of Vegliasco, also appearing on the locall coat of arms: of ancient origins, its first owners were the Aleramo (967). The tower, with its conical shape adorned at the top with a crown, is among the most beautiful of the whole territory, also destinations of frequent excursions.
The Station of Alassio
Built on a design of Ing. Manfredini in Liberty style with central tower, decorations on the windows and stone coating. The waiting room for first class is completely furnished with sofas, armchairs, furniture and mirrors of the times and keeps a chandelier in Murano glass.
so named because of the wild hens which peopled it, according some ancient Roman writers, is now inhabited by herring gulls which nest on steep south cliffs. Seat of a Benedictine monastery, is now protected by a Regional Nature Reserve because it is one of the most intact area of all Riviera.
I Giardini di Villa Pergola