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The little town of Dolcedo is located just 9 kilometres north of Imperia, in the valley Valprino. This town is formed by a compilation of the main village Dolcedo ("Dolcedo Piazza") and several small, independent hamlets spread among the surrounding hills (Costa Carnara, Case Ribaude, Lecchiore, Isolalunga, Bellissimi, Castelazzo, Ripalta, San Paolo...). The valley enjoys ancient renown as a source of one of the best olive oils in the whole of Liguria; the picturesque town centre features the old Loggia del Commune and two remarkable church buildings, one of which used to serve as a refuge against Saracen attacks (Saracen tower). The village, which has preserved its medieval charm until today, spreads up into the sloping hills with narrow alleys, archways and nested clusters of houses. The deep river Prino is spanned by the town's landmark, the Maltese bridge built in 1292, called "il ponte grande", which has virtually become an icon of Liguria.
Shopping possible in several grocery shops, two restaurants, bar, post office. Horseback-riding stable (with children's program), tennis courts.In the summer, classical music events are held on the pristine, enclosed piazza in front of the baroque San Tommaso church. Regular bus service to Imperia with its two parts: Porto Maurizio "stately set on a seaside rock " and the busy Oneglia, both of which feature historical, while very different harbors. There, excellent shopping opportunities, as large markets are held four times a week (Monday and Thursday in Porto Maurizio - Wednesday and Saturday in Oneglia).
Some recommended activities (among many others) are: a trip to the Chapel Santa Brigida (457 metres above sea level, 6 kilometres distance from Dolcedo), built in 1425, delightful architecture in a splendid location. For something completely different, watch the ancient and speedy ball game "pallone elastico", played in a stadium in Dolcedo, whose local team has repeatedly won the title of Italian champion in this discipline.