The Trout here, wanting to share our short trip into Italy this fall.
While planning our SE France trip for last October, I came across a great blog about the Nice area by Kevin Hin titled French Riviera Blog. One of his suggested side trips was a short drive to the NerviaValley just inside the Italian border above Ventimiglia. Four wonderful hillside villages are located in the valley within easy driving distance of each other.
The first village is Dolceacqua with its famous bridge Ponte Romano leading from the modern side of the village into the old village. The bridge was a favorite scene for Monet to paint way back when. There is an old castle in ruins above the village.
Once inside the old village, both Susan and I commented on how enclosed the passages felt. Ghostly silent also, with very narrow passages leading upward to homes with bridges connecting each side of the passages. We wondered how it would be to live in such a seemingly confined space with little light and warm air.
Next came the village of Rocchetta Nervinia which seemed to cling precariously to the hillside above the bubbling stream below. It too had very narrow and dark passages within the village with that ghostly feeling of silence and closed in existence for its residents.
The other villages are Isolabona and probably the most spectacular of all, Apricale. Please visit Kevin's blog for some incredible pictures of these villages. We didn't want to challenge the narrow curvy road to either so we left them for another time, hopefully to stay a couple of days in a lovely B&B to experience how it is to live in such a quaint setting. Probably much more cheerful than we now imagine.
We have enjoyed so many villages all over Europe but these just have that unbelievable medieval feeling about them and how hard life must have been at times as these villages were started and added to.
But the valley produces its own unique red wine called Rossese as well as olive oil which we enjoyed at a nice lunch in Dolceaqua. Another world we discovered!!