Dolceacqua, Italy

In the province of Imperia nestled in the Liguria region of Italy is Dolceacqua, a picturesque village complete with an old world castle that has been beautifully renovated over the last few centuries. Dolceacqua's ancient castle is the main attraction in the area making it a must-see piece of history when visiting the area.

Conveniently located near Imperia, Genoa, and Savona, Dolceacqua is easily accessible from either city and the village is navigable by foot making for a truly interesting experience.

Dolceacqua can be reached by car or bus after traveling to Imperia or Genoa via train or plane. Buses frequently depart from stations in both main cities along with others in the province. Visitors also have the option of driving to the tiny village spanning a mere 20 square kilometers with a population of roughly 2,000 people.

Dolceacqua, Liguria, ItalyOriginally intended to be a fortified village safe from invaders with a castle built in the 11th century, Dolceacqua, meaning "sweet water," is divided into two sections. On the right of the river Nervia is "Terra," the older section, and to the left, "Borgo," which formed in the 15th century. Both sections of the village are connected by the Ponte Vecchio, a breathtaking medieval bridge once painted by artist Claude Monet.

In addition to the bridge and castle, visitors will want to explore the various nooks and crannies hidden within Dolceacqua taking a relaxing stroll down the few cobblestoned streets in front of the quaint houses made of stone.

Visitors have their choice of accommodations when staying in or near Dolceacqua. Choose from the few old villas in town that have been converted into hotels, rent a farmhouse, or stay in a larger hotel in a neighboring city. And when it comes to dining, local hotels also feature restaurants with fare such as barbagiuai, brandacuin, fugasun, and pasta cun bath. Be sure to visit the nearby bakeries which are known for their variety of sweet, savory treats.

The Liguria region is also known for its delectable, high quality olives used to create the finest extra virgin olive oil. The village mills stay busy pressing the olives and visitors will also be able to purchase an array of delicious local wines.

Spring and summer bring favorable weather in Dolceacqua with mild temperatures in the 70s and 80s with plenty of sunshine while fall and winter temperatures are usually in the 40s and 50s.



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