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Through Via Iulia Augusta the Urbe relives in the heart of Liguria

It is one of the most historical and naturalistic trails of the most evocative of Liguria, easily walkable on foot and characterized by the colors and odors typical of the Mediterranean scrub. It is the ancient Via Iulia Augusta, built in the 13th c. at the will of the Emperor Augusto to connect Rome to the southern Gallia, via Vada Sabatia (today’s Vado Ligure) and the resort of Arles in Provence: a truly fascinating trait between the municipalities of Alassio and Albenga, whose first stage can not to be the little church of Santa Croce in Alassio, whose original building remains the apse and the left flank: from the square in front you can enjoy an extraordinary panorama, which, on clearer days, spends to the mountains of Tuscany and Corsica . After passing a stone arch, the images that accompany the entire path will appear immediately: the sea and Gallinara Island, so called by the Romans for the presence of wild hens. In the first section of the route you can admire the port of Alassio, with the characteristic Cappelletta erected in 1929 in memory of the fallen in the sea. A few hundred meters away you reach the church of Sant’Anna ai Monti, inside which are still visible parts of frescoes of the end of the 15th century / early sixteenth century, plastered after the Council of Trento. Continuing the walk for about 3 kilometers, past a campsite, in some short sections you still love the original Roman paved and a stretch of ancient pavement, characterized by the presence of margins on the sides and transverse cuts for the drainage of the waters. A little further, still in the commune of Alassio, are the remains of the necropolis of the Roman Albingaunum, dating back to the I-II sec. which accompany visitors until the end of the journey with a long series of interesting funerary monuments: the “A” and “B” buildings and a “colombary” tomb (the only one that has been found so far in Liguria). Leaving behind the funerary monuments, you reach S.Martino’s tip, near the “Pylon”, a tomb dating to the 2nd century AD. AD, and the Roman amphitheater. After a short descent, past the modern bridge over the Centa River, you reach Albenga with its historic center and medieval towers.

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Lunigiana is an ancient land rich in history, between Liguria and Tuscany, where you can visit splendid medieval villages surrounded by the Apuan Alps and the Tosco-Emilian Apennines.

From Liguria to Tuscany, traveling among Lunigiana villages

Here, once, the families Malaspina and Medici were the owners of this land. Lunigiana is an ancient land rich in history, between Liguria and Tuscany, where you can visit splendid medieval villages surrounded by the Apuan Alps and the Tosco-Emilian Apennines.

This is the case of “Firenze della Lunigiana“, or Fivizzano, a place that has entered history because here, between 1470 and 1474, Jacopo da Fivizzano used the typographical characters for the first time in Italy. Within a short distance you can visit the village of Fosdinovo with its Castle of Malaspina family and that of Verrucola with the Fortress of Spinetta the Great.

Ponticello certainly deserve a visit, a place that rises along the ancient route of Via Francigena and it develops entirely behind the oratory of the Saints Rocco and Bernardo; the village of Filetto, one of the most picturesque centers of Lunigiana which was famous for its antiquarian markets, fairs and medieval recalls; and still Mulazzo, the first capital of the Malaspina feud (here, in 1306, Dante Alighieri also stayed) and Montereggio which, together with Parana, is known as “the country of booksellers”, the only village in Italy to be part of the International Organization of Book Towns. The journey through the villages of this wonderful land can only end in Pontremoli, a true architectural jewel – with medieval bridges and sandstone sandstone paved alleys – lying in a basin surrounded by high hills and built at the confluence of two rivers.

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Con la Via Iulia Augusta l’Urbe rivive nel cuore della Liguria

E’ uno dei percorsi storici-naturalistici tra i più suggestivi della Liguria, facilmente percorribile a piedi e caratterizzato dai colori e dagli odori tipici della macchia mediterranea. E’ l’antichissima Via Iulia Augusta, costruita nel 13 a.C. per volere dell’Imperatore Augusto per collegare Roma alla Gallia meridionale, attraverso Vada Sabatia (l’odierna Vado Ligure) e la località di Arles in Provenza: un tratto  davvero suggestivo compreso fra i comuni di Alassio e Albenga, la cui prima tappa non può che essere la chiesetta di Santa Croce ad Alassio, della cui costruzione originaria restano l’abside e il fianco sinistro: dal piazzale antistante si può godere di uno straordinario panorama, che, nelle giornate più limpide, spazia fino ai monti della Toscana e della Corsica. Oltrepassato un arco in pietra appaiono subito le immagini che accompagneranno per l’intero percorso: il mare e l’Isola Gallinara, così chiamata dai Romani per la presenza di galline selvatiche. Nel primo tratto del percorso si ammira dall’alto il porto di Alassio, con la caratteristica Cappelletta eretta nel 1929 in memoria dei caduti in mare. Poche centinaia di metri e si raggiunge la chiesa di Sant’Anna ai Monti, all’interno della quale sono ancora visibili parti di affreschi di fine Quattrocento / inizio Cinquecento, intonacati dopo il Concilio di Trento. Proseguendo la passeggiata per circa 3 chilometri, superato un campeggio, in alcuni brevi tratti si apprezzano ancora l’originale lastricato romano e un tratto di antico selciato, caratterizzato dalla presenza dei “margines” ai lati e di tagli trasversali per lo scolo delle acque. Poco oltre, ancora nel territorio comunale di Alassio, si trovano i resti della necropoli della romana Albingaunum, risalente al I-II sec. d.C., che accompagnano i visitatori fino al termine del tragitto con una lunga serie di interessanti monumenti funerari: gli edifici “A” e “B”e una tomba “a colombario” (l’unica del genere finora rinvenuta in Liguria). Lasciatisi alle spalle i monumenti funerari, si raggiunge punta S.Martino, nei pressi del “Pilone”, tomba risalente al II sec. d.C., e dell’anfiteatro romano. Dopo una breve discesa, oltrepassato il ponte moderno sul fiume Centa, si raggiunge Albenga con il suo centro storico e le torri medievali.

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