History of Dolceacqua from Doit.it website :

   In the heart of west Liguria, only 8 km. far from Ventimiglia and from the French bound, it rises the ancient medieval burgh of Dolceacqua. The feud of the Earls of Ventimiglia, was acquired in the second half of the XII century by Oberto Doria. Because of the continuos oppression caused by the struggles between Guelphs and Ghibellines and by rivalries between the Dorias and the Grimaldis of Monaco, in 1524 Dolceacqua put itself under the protection of Savoy, which raised it to the status of a Marquisate in 1652.
  In 1902 the Dorias' lineage came to an end. In 1942, for testamentary disposition, the Municipality of Dolceacqua entered into possession of the Castle. Nowadays the ruins of the castle are in the background of the "old bridge," as it is called by Dolceacqua's people.
   Rebuilt on the ruins of a bridge collapsed in the XV century, with 33 meters of light, it represents an unique monument in his kind. In facts, the medieval bridge, is an example of rare beauty and harmonious elegance it goes through the Nervia brook connecting the two parts of the village. In 1884, a famous impressionist painter , Claude Monet, depicted the bridge like":. a jewel of lightness in a small extraordinary and picturesque burgh..
  The narrow lanes- called "caruggi"- goes up and down crossing themselves like in a jungle.The dark passages under the houses offer misterious and bewitched scenary. Because of that Dolceacqua is an obliged destination for tourists.
  The square of the medieval centre as a remarkable artistic interest. Recently restored , nowadays it is an important meeting point for the inhabitants. Saint George's Church, has a façade in romanesque style, it was built in the XI century. The crypt contains the rests of Stephen and Julius Doria, represented on the respective grave sheets. It's important to admire the ceiling to truss of the XIV century bedecked with bosses and lozenges.
  St. George's church has been refunded to the community in 1987, after its restoration.
  St. Antony's Parish church is very important in the small burgh: the interiors are decorated with stuccowork and marble and here we can admire a sixteenth-century icon by Ludovico Brea showing in its centre the image of St. Devota of Dolceaqua. You can also visit the Morscio Art Gallery where more than 100 cloths are exposed. It is beautiful to see the monument to the rural Liguria, symbolic representation of the generosity and beauties of the earth of Liguria.
Dolceacqua tells the story about men which have built, by their work, the terraces where, on the sunny hills, they always produced wine and oil and, more recently, flowers. The characteristics bands offer the ideal surrounding for the maturation of the grapes. Rossese is celebrated as wine to denomination of driven origin, produced in a small quantity, around 2000 hl. of which only one part is commercialized. Red steals, generous and fragrant, with soft and aromatic taste, it has a least gradation of 12 deg.. His fame already goes up to the times of Napoleone and of Pope Giulio III, estimators of the same.
  Likewise esteemed is the extraordinary "oil extra-vergine" of olive. Pure, of golden color with flaxen clear hues, it has a generally yielded parfume and a sweet taste. In Italy there are few of these oils that succeed to compete with the olive crush of Dolceacqua. For his characteristics,it represents the most important element of the mediterranean regime, rediscovered and relaunched all in the world. The area of Imperia has become in short time, also for goodness of these productions, capital of the mediterranean feeding. Other important products are the olive in brine and the dough of olive. Then, we are more than one reason to visit Dolceacqua. In addition to the artistic beauties and cookery, the ancient burgh offers fabolouses scenaries.
  Rose and mimose dresses together the hills giving life and joy to the landscape. The ancient mules, still paved, allow the visitor excursions in a warm surrounding, rich of interest and suggestive. The traditional events of the country are all in the summer period, especially in August, when the nocturnal scenery creates an ideal background for evenings to the open, cultural events, summer theater and concerts.



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Photos by Carlo Colombo ©.
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