In Liguria in the province of Imperia, almost on the border with France, a unique sunny village is located on a mountaintop. Protected by Maritime Alps, it has a very favorable position and enjoys a wonderful climate.
The uniqueness of the village lies in its aspect, which enchants all visitors: a winding waterfall of old stone houses strung out along the slopes of the mountain, the castle dominating over them and many olive trees and other bright green vegetation.
Appearance and size of the current village remained the same as in the distant 16th century, and the central part of the village, the oldest one, refers to the 12th century.
The castle of the 12th century is called the Castle of the Lizard. According to ancient legend, the mysterious lizard, gave the name to the castle, was found in the form of an old rusty metal among the stones during a stop of the king of the Celts. The castle is enclosed by walls with three beautiful arched doors leading inside. One of the towers of the castle was transformed into a bell tower of the village church.
In the province of Genova, the region centre of Liguaria, there are many castles and towers built by the sea as constructions of defence and sighting. One of them we can see in a small fishing town of Santa Margherita Ligure.
The construction of the castle dates back to 1550 when it was built by the Doge of Genoa thanks to a resolution of the Senate of the Republic of Genoa, who decided to build a castle to defend against frequent pirate raids of Saracen.
From the eighteenth century it lost its importance from a military standpoint, thanks to the cease pirate invasions.
At the end of the First World War the castle was restored and named in memory of the fallen of the Great War.
Restored in 2000, now the castle is a venue for civil wedding by the sea in Liguria. It is possible to organize the civil ceremony and the wedding cocktail on the terrace with sea view. The castle is also used as a space for art exhibitions.
Once two castles housed by the sea in the province of La Spezia (it. La Spezia), in one of the bays of the romantic Gulf of Poets (it. Golfo dei Poeti).
The first castle was built in the 12th century, meanwhile the second one was built in the beginning of the 15th century.
The castle of the 12th century takes a dominating position on the rocky cape which embraces the bay from the South side. On the open terrace of the castle civil wedding ceremonies and wedding banquets are carried out.