Laigueglia is located in the stretch of sea enclosed between Capo Santa Croce and Capo Mele. The beach of fine sand and shallow water and sloping in the clear sea, places of the activities of fishermen who built the magnificent village, have become fundamental elements for the transformation in the tourist center of the country, favoring together with the mild climate, bathing. A few meters off the coast of Capo Mele, are possible fantastic diving on the wreck of the steamship Ravenna, torpedoed and sunk during the First World War and today host of marine flora and fauna typical of the Gulf.
Laigueglia preserves the typical architecture and the fascination of the borgo marinaro, with its alleyways, the little squares at sea, tones pink lilac-houses in the protecting shade of the monumental church of San Matteo. The ancient heart has been and continues to pulsate in its squares, streets, in the color of the Saracen tower of 1564, so called because part of the stations of the defense from the invasions of pirates (is the only left of the original three). From any part addresses the gaze, one cannot escape the two bell towers, surmounted by colorful majolica domes of the church of San Matteo.
Illuminated at night, it seems to be the guard to the village. The two crosses at the top of the towers follow the directions of north-west and south-west winds. The parish church is the baroque monument that best reflects the history of the country: the laying of the first stone of the new church occurred in 1715, when the reef fishing was at its peak and the population could afford to expand the old oratory dedicated to Saint Matthew, whose foundation dates back perhaps to the IV century.
From a ladder that rises from the Via Aurelia you reach the lonely chapel of Madonna delle Penne, built by the Catalans coral fishermen during the XVII century. Ex-voto of sailors and fishermen are also found in the church of the Immaculate Conception (1661): ship models and antique boats that went to pray before making a trip to the sea.
Toward Colla Micheri, above Laigueglia, almost to peak on the sea and the home of the famous Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl, helmsman of the Kon Tiki, are possible beautiful walks on the trails Verdi, also suitable for nordic walking and bike rides in mountain bike.
Particular attention is paid to the tourist reception of families and children, favorite guests of the village.
The laiguegliese cuisine is characterised by the fish dishes. Typical are: the friscioi de gianchetti (pancakes with flour and juveniles); the zerri (picarels) and fried squid, typical fish of Laigueglia fished in the Capo Mele; and the fish soup of the Gulf of Capo Mele. Among sweets, very appreciated: the kisses of Laigueglia chocolate; the bread of sailor (or of the fisherman); the marunsìn, hard biscuits made with almonds. And furthermore: é pastes é amanduìa, é papuétte é treie, cakes made with almonds coated with icing with the characteristic shape of paperette (ducks) and mullets, whose original recipe is retained only by a few families originating in place. Every year on the occasion of the celebrations for the patron saint, are offered the balette de S. Maté, sweet pancakes with flour and raisins.
Village of Laigueglia
Municipality of Laigueglia
Province of Savona
Population: 1.785 laiguegliesi
Altitude centre: 6 m s.l.m.
the Municipality is part of:
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