The old town of Cipressa, a small western Ligurian village dating back to the first millennium, can be considered the terrace of the province of Imperia. From its privileged position it is indeed possible to observe great part of the Riviera dei Fiori, from Capo Berta to the extreme west.
Protected by the mountains on one side and illuminated by the sun and the sea on the other, Cipressa owes its name, according to a local legend, to the first inhabitants of the area who apparently fled the island of Cyprus and landed right on the Aregai beach. The houses of the village are arranged in a semicircle as if to protect each other and tell the story of numerous raids that they have suffered, but also of the life of the fishermen and farmers who still animate Cipressa today.
In the village, visit the church of Nostra Signora della Visitazione, with its amazing Baroque façade and, inside, several frescoes and the sculpture of the Madonna Immacolata con il Bambino (Immaculate Virgin Mary with the Child). Arrive on the hill above the village to admire the Gallinara fortification, where, on particularly clear days, it is possible to admire over 50 kilometers of coastline, up to gazing at the French city of Toulon in the distance.
Finally, make a stop in Lingueglietta, a hamlet of Cipressa included among the most beautiful villages in Italy: its beautifully preserved old town is a living testimony of the history of the hamlet and of the entire village of Cipressa.