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A look at Apricale
Carl Lyttle







Brigar or Avrigà, in the Ligurian dialect, is a medieval hamlet perched in the hinterland of Bordighera, in the Val Nervia. On its hills it is produced a high-quality olive oil, from Taggia, and a typical wine made from Rossese grapes that you should really taste, in one of the taverns hidden among its alleys. This intricate ups and downs of perfectly preserved medieval streets, a stone labyrinth where time seems to stand still in the thirteenth century, is dominated by the Castello della Lucertola, in front of the main square of Apricale. Pulsating heart of the village life, every year in this square are held many local events, such as new oil festival, St. Valentine’s Fair in February and the Pansarola Festival (a type of sweet pancakes, usually served along with hot zabaglione cream), on the second Sunday of September. Inside the castle there is the history museum of Apricale, where the famous 1267 Apricalesi Statutes are preserved, considered the oldest in the Liguria area. Apricale is also a very popular village and much loved by artists, especially painters, who painted fifty murals on the facades of houses. But the artistic suggestions are not limited to murals. On top of the bell tower of the parish church Purificazione della Maria Vergine, obtained from the adjoining square tower of the castle, a bicycle was fixed facing up to sky, by the contemporary artist Sergio Bianco, entitled La forza della non gravità (the power of no gravity). Since 2010, in partnership with the municipality, they opened the Albergo Diffuso, which allowed the recovery of old houses, medieval towers and caves scattered throughout the village, between ascents, descents and medieval walls.

Municipality of Apricale
Province of Imperia
Liguria region

Population: 629
Altitude Center: 273 m s.l.m.

the Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
Città dell'olio
Paesi bandiera arancione

Municipality of Apricale
Via Cavour 2 - Apricale (IM)
Tel. +39 0184 208126


Next or present Events

  • Sagra della Pansarola

    Add to calendar 2018-09-02 2018-09-02 Europe/Rome Sagra della Pansarola Typical dessert to taste accompanied by hot eggnog Apricale

    Typical dessert to taste accompanied by hot eggnog

  • Sant'Antonio
    Patronal parties

    Add to calendar 2018-09-08 2018-09-08 Europe/Rome Sant'Antonio Apricale

Where to sleep

B&B Talkingstones

Via San Bernardo,5 - 18035, Dolceacqua (IM)
4.43 Kilometers from Apricale

Where to eat

Ristorante Locanda Bellavista

Piazza al Castello, 2, Cervo (IM)
36.84 Kilometers from Apricale

L'Osteria di Caterina

Piazza P. G. Mauro, 9 - 18035, Dolceacqua (IM)
4.37 Kilometers from Apricale

Where to shop

Edera Shop

Sant'Agostino, 2, Triora (IM)
15.14 Kilometers from Apricale

Azienda Agricola Il Poggetto

Via dei Clavesana, 1, Cervo (IM)
36.87 Kilometers from Apricale

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