Campo Ligure is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy as well as the national centre of filigree thanks to the valuable collections housed in the museum of the same name.
Located about 40 kilometres from Genoa, in Liguria, Campo Ligure lies on the banks of the Stura torrent and is between the Beigua Regional Natural Park and the Capanne di Marcarolo Natural Park.
The village is situated at an altitude of 342 metres and is characterised by not particularly hot summers alternating with cold winters.
We visited Campo Ligure on the occasion of the opening of the famous mechanised crib and in this article we tell you all the information you need to organise a visit.
How to get to Campo Ligure
The nearest motorway exit to Campo Ligure is Masone, on the A26 motorway.
From here, continue along the SP456 del Turchino road for about 5 kilometres.
Once you have passed the medieval bridge of Campo Ligure, you will find a sign on the left side for parking (free of charge).
For those who prefer to arrive by train, Campo Ligure has a train station located about 600 metres from the entrance to the village (Campoligure Masone stop).
To get to Campo Ligure by bus, you can take the bus that leaves from Genova Piazza Principe (Campoligure Masone bus stop) and arrives at the Campoligure Masone stop in about an hour.
Campo Ligure what to see
Medieval bridge over the Stura
When you arrive in Campo Ligure, the first thing to do is cross the Medieval Bridge over the Stura, one of the gates to the village.
Built in the 9th century, the bridge has three stone spans.
The Medieval Bridge over the Stura is also called Ponte di Adelasia after the legendary wife of Aleramo, the first marquis of Monferrato, whose descendants (Aleramici) ordered its construction.
Over the years, the bridge suffered various damages caused by the violent flooding of the Stura and was rebuilt in wood.
Following the severe flood of 1747, the Campese population called for its reconstruction in masonry.
The second thing you notice once you arrive in Campo Ligure is the elevated Spinola Castle, built on top of the hill overlooking the village.
Castello Spinola was rebuilt several times over the centuries due to the extensive damage caused by enemy sieges.
The hexagonal structure, still visible today, dates back to around the 12th and 13th centuries.
In the 14th century, it was extended with three cylindrical towers and walls by the Spinola family, who made it their temporary seat .
Later, several underground passages were dug through which one could quickly reach the castle in the event of a siege of the village.
In 1800, the castle was abandoned and remained so for many years until it was acquired by the municipality of Campo Ligure in the 1990s.
Today, Castello Spinola hosts festivals and musical performances.
▶ Getting to the castle is easy. Simply walk uphill and follow the various signs.
If you have a pushchair, it is advisable to park it and continue on foot, as there are many steps.
Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary
The Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, in Baroque style, overlooks the central square of the village.
It was built between 1758 and 1762 to replace the previous 15th-century Renaissance church .
Take a look at the valuable paintings by Luigi Gainotti, and the 19th century frescoes by Francesco and Achille De Lorenzi, as well as the beautiful altarpieces adorning the side chapels.
The wooden statues of Our Lady of the Rosary from the 17th century and St Mary Magdalene, the patron saint of Campo Ligure, are also of great value .
The Oratory of Saints Sebastian and Rocco
Just before entering the historical centre of Campo Ligure (coming from Masone), stands the Oratory of Saints Sebastiano and Rocco.
Built from 1647 onwards, the Oratory follows the Baroque style.
The exterior façade, in Austrian Baroque style, dates back to 1783 .
Today, the Oratory houses several interesting frescoes and a marvellous mechanized crib in which, in addition to the nativity scene, a beautiful reconstruction of traditional life in the Stura Valley can be admired. Go to the article
What to visit in Campo Ligure: the Filigree Museum
Campo Ligure is considered the Italian Capital of the Filigree.
The Filigree Museum is dedicated to Pietro Carlo Bosio, a prestigious artisan from Campo Ligure.
Inside, collections of local craftsmen are exhibited, but not only.
There are, in fact, many objects from Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Go to article
Other attractions to visit
- Palazzo Spinola – Situated in the main square of the town, overlooked by the already mentioned Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, Palazzo Spinola dates back to the 14th century. Used as municipal offices and later as a school, today the palace is privately owned.
- Oratory of Nostra Signora Assunta – Located at the foot of the hill of Castello Spinola, the Oratory of Nostra Signora Assunta is a typical example of Ligurian Baroque. The interior is richly decorated and houses some wooden sculptures of the Genoese school. Of particular note are the statue of theAssumption by Ursino de Mari and the wooden group of the Madonna and San Gaetano by Maragliano.
- The Tugnin Garden is an open-air museum located at the foot of the Castle hill. It houses the works of Campese sculptor Gianfranco Timossi. The statues, carved from olive tree trunks, mostly represent figures from mythology.
Where to eat in Campo Ligure
Caccia c’a bugge – The name of the restaurant already inspires sympathy (from the Genoese, butta (pasta) che (water) boils!).
The menu, of course, is typically Ligurian with generous portions.
Among the proposals, you will find ravioli alla genovese, mandilli (lasagnette al piatto) al pesto, roast beef with potatoes, tripe, etc.
Address – Via Trieste 32, 16013 Campo Ligure. Telephone 39 010 920999.
Campo Ligure Genoa: conclusions
Campo Ligure is a hamlet that is not very touristy because it is still little known, but which in reality offers a quiet family day out in the name of Ligurian culture and traditions.
2. Pentema Crib
3. Paper Museum
4. Stone Castle