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Imperia

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Located in a magnificent position, Imperia owes its name to the river Impero, that separates Oneglia from Porto Maurizio, which once were rival villages but are today merged in a sole municipality. Porto Maurizio, clung to the Parasio promontory, already in the Middle Ages a vital economic and trade center, owned by the Benedictine monks, was in the past a free commune.Oneglia, instead, founded after the year one thousand, feud of the bishop of Albenga, subsequently sold to the Genoese family of the Dorias, in 1576 was assigned to the Savoias. Through the centuries, the rivalry between these two centers was expressed through a highly commercial competition, the rights of feud between the families, the different administrative organization, due to the loyalty of Porto Maurizio to the Genoese and Oneglia to the Savoias. The overcoming of this rivalry dates back to 1923 and finds evidence in the municipality palace that was built on an equidistant location on the road that unites the two centers.At the mouth of the stream Impero, on a small flatland, there is Oneglia, the site of important industries in the field of the Mediterranean diet. In the very central Via Bonfante, with its porticoes and the adjacent Isnardi and degli Orti galleries, are to be found the most elegant shops in the city.

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In the middle of the nineteenth century town, there is Piazza Dante, which is faced by the former municipality palace. Along the marina, right at the back of the harbor, there is the "old Oneglia", with its ancient fishermen houses and the Doria Palace (formerly lords of the city. The great Genoese admiral Andrea Doria was born here). At the eastern border of the city, in Via Palestro, near Piazza Ulisse Calvi, the remains of seventeenth century city walls, built following the wish of the Savoias. Not too far away, there is the eighteenth century complex of the Scolopi Fathers, sided by the church of the Annunziata, with its neo-classic frontal. The most attractive part of the city is the one that extends on the slopes of cape Berta, a promontory in the sea that hides the Casa Rossa (Red House), formerly the residence of the poet Angiolo Silvio Novaro, in a vegetation of palm, cypress and olive trees. Coming back to town, in Via San Giovanni and Via dell`Ospedale (the road to Castelvecchio), one must pay a visit to the shops specialized in local gastronomy (typical dish, the "bouilla-basse", a soup of rockfish, fished locally). In Piazza Doria, the covered market and the twice-a-week local market attract the people of the valleys. At Borgo Peri, under the arcades of the quay there are fish shops and excellent fish restaurants. One must also take a walk along the sea front adorned with tall African palm trees. One can enjoy from the end point of the eastern pier a view over the entire gulf of Imperia and the mountains lying behind. On the hill of the Cascine there is villa Grock (the original residence of the Swiss clown Adrien Wettach, of worldwide renown) and here one is induced to make an excursion to the little church of San Luca to admire the Mongioje mountain range. Another stop of real interest is the Museum of the Olivo in Via Garessio to learn about the century-old history of the olive oil and its production.

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BY CAR:
Both coming from France or Genoa you can get to Imperia via the Imperia West and East tallgates on the A10 highway (Genoa-Ventimiglia).
BY TRAIN:
Imperia has two railway station: Oneglia and Porto Maurizio.
BY AIR:
The nearest airport is in Villanova d`Albenga. Other important airport are in Nice and Genoa.
BY BOAT:
If you are travelling by boat you can use the harbour called Porto Maurizio in Imperia.

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