Luisavillas - Finalborgo - Perti - Luisavillas
Follow highway A10/E80 heading to Ventimiglia: in 19 km get the exit “Finale Ligure”. Following the road SP490 you’ll arrive in Finalborgo. You can appreciate its ancient flavours walking along streets and squares, rich in character as well as historical buildings and churches enclosed by medieval walls still largely preserved.
From XV century Finalborgo was the capital of Del Carretto’s marquisate and neuralgic point of the Spanish reign.
The symbol of the village is the magnificent bell tower of the church of San Biagio, in late gothic style. Next to the XVI century “Porta Testa”, there’s the convent of Santa Caterina, founded in 1359, which is the seat of the important civic museum of Finale, with prehistoric, roman and medieval materials.
From Finalborgo, walking up along the panoramic “Via Regina”, continue towards Castel San Giovanni (built around 1640) and Castel Gavone. The latter, before the damage suffered by the Genoese at the beginning of the XIX century, was one of the most beautiful examples of military and residential architecture in Liguria. The tower of the diamonds is still intact (built at the end of the XV century), and it is covered with about 1280 rough stones worked one by one by stonemasons of the time.
From here, in a very short time, you can reach the late 14th century church of S. Eusebio with its Romanesque crypt in Perti Alto. The walk can be concluded in Perti near the church of Nostra Signora di Loreto (also called Nostra Signora dei Cinque Campanili, 1489-93), which stands hillside between olive trees and is a precious example of renaissance architecture.
Returning to the highway A10/E80, you will be back to Luisavillas in 30 minutes.