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Cervo preserves its original features of a medieval seaside village, protected by sixteenth-century towers and walls, surrounded by green hills. The historic center is practicable only on foot and has been preserved with its centuries-old buildings and its cobbled alleys where there are workshops of artisans and artists. The coast is characterized by the presence of small bathing establishments
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A look at Cervo
A look at Cervo
Cervo  | Bruno Testi - e-borghi Community
Cervo By Bruno Testi

About the village

Located in front of the sea, along the final stretch of the Cervo stream that flows on the Dianese Gulf, the village of Cervo is striking for its position on the slopes of some of the hills in front of the sea, for the colors of its houses and for its suggestive profile. His name (Sèrvu in ligure) derives from the latin word Servo, 'to offer services'.

Already inhabited in prehistoric times, its history stabilizes with the construction of the Castle of the Clavesana, built by the homonymous marchesi toward the XIII century, incorporating an antecedent Romanesque tower, perfectly preserved and today also seat of the ethnographic museum of western Liguria.
The hamlet has its original and evocative characteristics of the medieval village, characterized by antiques buildings, noble palaces, narrow alleys where you can find artisans and art shops, arches and stairways that overlook the sea, transforming into frames of that wonderful blue in front of us. Upstream of the country the hills are rich in pinewoods and olive groves, travelled by paths silent.

Even on the table, Cervo has remained faithful to its traditions and its history: here it still makes the oil with the ancient technique of cold pressing, the wine is produced with the typical grapes (Pigato and Vermentino) and the dishes are cooked with the fishes of the day.

Do not miss the concave facade, the symbol of the town, of the Church of San Giovanni Battista (XVII-XVIII century), which overlooks Corallini's Square, the beating heart of the village. Cervo is very known for the International Festival of Chamber Music, that takes place every year in July and August, where the greatest artists of Europe offer concerts under the moonlight, by exploiting the acoustic potentials of the square.

Village of Cervo
Municipality of Cervo
Province of Imperia
Liguria region

Population: 1.149 cervesi
Pop. foreign resident: 133

Area: 3.59 sq km
Altitude Center: 66 m s.l.m.

The Municipality is part of:
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Città dell'Olio

Salita al Castello 15 - phone +39 0183 44911


= distances as the crow flies


  • Take the A10 highway and exit at the San Bartolomeo al Mare junction, continue on the SS 1 Aurelia towards Genoa for around 2km.


  • Diano station


  • Genoa airports
  • Nice airports


  • Port of San Bartolomeo al Mare
  • Port of Diano Marina
  • Port of Andora
  • Port of Imperia
  • Port of Alassio

Sleep, eat, buy...

= distances as the crow flies
= distances as the crow flies
= distances as the crow flies


june, 2024

San Giovanni Battista

july, 2024
to saturday 31 august 2024

The International chamber Music Festival

Our news about Cervo

Resting on a hill surrounded by woods, the village of Cervo dominates the sea. Delightful seaside resort on the Ligurian coast of Ponente, is one of the most picturesque towns of our seas. Once proclaimed itself a free municipality, at the beginning of the XIII century, it was placed under the protection of the powerful Republic of Genoa which, in the first half of the XIV century, entrusted it as a fief to the Knights of Malta who sold it to the Marquis the following year Lazzaro Doria. Cervo the...
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