Luisavillas - Noli – Varigotti
From Luisavillas you can walk down to the centre of Noli in 15 minutes walking, following a panoramic foot – path through olive groves and the walls of Del Carretto’s castle, which overlooks the village founded by the Byzantined in the VI century. Noli fascinated illustrious figures of history, including Dante Alighieri: in fact, because of the harhness of the territory, Noli was mentioned in the Divina Commedia, in the canticle of Purgatory: “Vassi in San Leo e discendesi in Noli con esso i piè, ma qui convien ch’uom voli”.
At the medieval times “Quinta Repubblica Marinara”, it is still nowadays a small treasure trove of great cultural value, as its historical center clearly shows. Discover this village by walking through the narrow streets, admiring the colourful gothic buildings, the “portico” that served as a boat shelter, the Town hall with its multi – coloured façade and the large quantity of towers.
Just outside the village you can find other marvels, this time of Romanesque nature, such as the beautiful church of San Paragorio, with its pinkish – white lines and its portico of the XV century flanked by medieval tombs. San Paragorio’s church was a Cathedral from 1239 to 1572, and it is one of the most important monuments of the region.
The romanesque structure (XI century) was developed on an early Christin or early medieval church It has three naves with semi – circular apses, with frescoed walls of the XV century.
By car, the road SS1 Aurelia leaves Noli and proceeds towards west: from this road you can admire Capo noli and many marvellous beaches, such as the beach of Malpasso (se intendevi la spiaggia, altrimenti scusa). SS1 Aurelia is a panoramic road with a breathtaking circuit that lead to Varigotti, a small fishing village.
Getting back on SS1 Aurelia, you’ll be back at Luisavillas in 10 minutes.