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Cervo, medieval village on the Ligurian Riviera


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Cervo is a beautiful village on the Riviera di Ponente in Liguria, perched above the sea.

Also called Cervo Ligure, Cervo is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy thanks to its perfectly preserved medieval characteristics.

Let’s discover together Cervo, the pearl of Liguria, appreciated both for its architectural beauty and for the landscape in which it is set.

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Where is the medieval village of Cervo

Cervo is located on the coast between San Bartolomeo al Mare and Andora, less than 10 kilometres from Imperia.

From Genoa, it is 1h30 minutes (110 kilometres) away.

How to get to Cervo

Cervo can be reached by car along the A10 Genova-Ventimiglia motorway.

The nearest exit is San Bartolomeo al Mare.

From here, at the first crossroads, take the state road SS1 Aurelia, and proceed for about one kilometre.

There are two ways to reach the medieval village: park in the street at the foot of Cervo, and continue along the crêuza that climbs.

The small car park located at the foot of the village, is chargeable from 1/04 to 31/10 at a cost of 1.80€/h or 15.00€ daily rate.

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Crêuze leading from the sea to the village of Cervo

The other way is to reach the top of the village by car.

In this case, the ascent on foot is avoided, but it should be borne in mind that there are even fewer parking spaces there.

Those who prefer to arrive by public transport, on the other hand, can opt for the Sanremo-Andora bus line or the train.

The nearest stations are Diano Marina and Andora.

From the stations, to reach Cervo, you can take the bus or a taxi.

If you opt for the bus, you can take the number 12 from Corso Garibaldi and get to the village of Cervo in about 10 minutes (bus stop in Via Aurelia).

What to see in Cervo Liguria

Cervo is a medieval village suspended between earth and sky.

The only way to visit the historic centre is on foot, threading your way through the narrow lanes and walking up and down the crêuze that connect the lower part of the village with the upper part.

You can admire the typical little shops, small restaurants, and colourful houses that follow one after the other until they suddenly open onto the sea, offering breathtaking views.

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Don’t miss the imposing Church of San Giovanni Battista, also known as ‘dei Corallini’ because it was built thanks to contributions from coral fishermen who travelled to Corsica and Sardinia to find it.

Built between the 17th and 18th centuries, the church is considered to be one of the greatest Baroque monuments on the Western Riviera.

Also worth seeing is the Clavesana Castle, which dominates the highest point of Cervo.

Now housing the Ethnographic Museum, the castle was built by the Marquises of Clavesana in the 17th century as a castle-fortress.

The building incorporated the Romanesque tower erected in the Byzantine era to defend the village.

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Events and festivals in Cervo

Cervo Festival

Cervo Festival is an event where the absolute protagonist is chamber music.

The festival was born in 1963 when the Hungarian violinist Sandor Vegh was invited to play in Cervo and was enraptured by the beauty of the place.

Since then, every year in July and August, the square in front of the Church of San Giovanni Battista comes alive with numerous artists and their music.

Cervo Ti Strega

Cervo Ti Strega is a literary event held since 2014 in Cervo, in June and July.

The Piazza dei Corallini is transformed into a cultural salon, where essay readings and interviews by journalists alternate.

What to do in Cervo: trekking

Lovers of trekking and outdoor activities may be interested in the so-called Yellow Trail, which starts in Piazza Castello.

The hike takes about 45 minutes and winds through a beautiful forest of beech and olive trees.

Another nice , slightly longer hike in the area is the stretch of the Sentiero Liguria that connects the medieval village of Cervo with the town of Diano Marina.

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Diano Marina beach

Cervo’s most beautiful beaches

In Cervo, you can find both sandy and pebble beaches.

Most beautiful beach in Cervo is probably Capo Cervo, dominated by the Saracen Tower.

The beach is rocky and has wonderful crystal-clear water.

The other deserving beach in Cervo is Ciappellette.

Here, too, the seabed is rocky and the water is so clear that it has been awarded the Blue Flag.

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Where to sleep in Cervo Liguria

In the medieval village of Cervo, you will find a little gem, the B&B Palazzo Del Duca, a historical building with original frescoes, situated in a spectacular position overlooking the sea.

The property offers rooms and flats with private parking at an additional cost of €13.00 per day.

If you book a room, you can also enjoy the excellent breakfast included in the rate (with the flat, it is €10.00 more) – Book here.

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