Italy in Photos
Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia
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Welcome to Italy in Photos, where we invite you to delve into the wonderful treasures of Noli: – Noli is a coastal town in the province of Savona, in the region of Liguria, Italy. It is about 50 kilometres southwest of Genoa, and it has a population of about 2,800 people. Noli is one of the most beautiful villages of Italy, and it has a rich history and culture that dates to ancient times. Noli was founded by the Greeks, who named it Neapolis, meaning “new city”. It became an independent maritime republic in the 12th century, and it was one of the smallest and longest lasting among the Italian city-states. Noli had its own fleet, currency, laws, and bishopric, and it participated in the Crusades and the wars against Genoa and Pisa. Noli’s sovereignty ended in 1797, when it was annexed by Napoleon’s France. Noli’s historical and artistic heritage can be admired in its medieval centre, which is enclosed by walls and towers that overlook the sea. The main attraction is the Romanesque Basilica of San Paragorio, built in the 11th century on the site of a 5th-century Christian cemetery. The basilica has a beautiful façade with a rose window and a portal, and a rich interior with frescoes, paintings, and statues. Other notable buildings are the 13th-century tower of Four Sides, the 14th-century houses of Pagliano, Maglio, and Repetto, and the 15th-century tower and gate of Papone. Noli is also a popular beach resort, with a long sandy beach that has been awarded the Blue Flag for its cleanliness and facilities. The beach is lined with palm trees and colourful buildings, and it offers a stunning view of the castle and the hills behind the town. Noli’s beach is also a place where fishing boats still operate, and where visitors can enjoy the local seafood and cuisine. Noli is a gem of the Italian Riviera, a place where history, art, nature, and tradition blend in a charming and authentic way. Noli is a destination for those who love culture, relaxation, and beauty.
Via Monastero is a street in Noli which runs from Piazza Aldo Moro to Via Cristoforo Colombo. (Photos 1-2-3) – Via Cristoforo Colombo is a street in Noli which runs from Via Monastero to Via Sartorio. (Photo 4) – Piazza Giuseppe Ronco is located in Noli and a local hub with various shops and commercial activities. The square is part of a walking route that includes Via Monastero, Via Cristoforo Colombo, Oratorio di Sant’ Anna. It’s a great place to experience the local culture and history of Noli (Photos 5-7) – The oratory was constructed starting from 1759 (although the decision to build a new oratory had been made as early as 1750), replacing a smaller previous oratory that stood near the Vescovado. The earlier oratory, completed in 1569, had itself replaced an even older one (still existing in 1585), likely dating back to the Medieval period. The structure features a single nave with a barrel vault and a presbytery with an apse. While devoid of frescoes, it is adorned with stucco decorations. Above the main altar, there is a painting titled “Sacra Famiglia con i santi Gioacchino e Anna” (Holy Family with Saints Joachim and Anne), created by the Spanish artist Vincenzo Suarez in May 1788. (Photo 6) – Piazzetta Canano is a small square in the historic centre of Noli. The square is located near the Cathedral of San Paragorio, the oldest Romanesque church in Liguria (Photo 8) – Piazzetta E. Praga is another small square in Noli, not far from Piazzetta Canano. It is named after the Czech capital, Prague, because of the historical ties between Noli and the Bohemian Kingdom. The square is also close to the Palazzo Vescovile Hotel, a former bishop’s palace that dates to the 13th century and offers a panoramic view of the sea. Piazzetta E. Praga is a charming place to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of Noli. (Photo 11) – Piazza della Cattedrale is a charming square located in the town of Noli. It is the home of the The Concattedrale di San Pietro (also known as the Cathedral of Saint Peter. It is a Catholic place of worship and serves as the parish church for the local community and is part of the vicariate of Finale Ligure within the Diocese of Savona-Noli. Locally, it is also referred to as San Pietro dei Pescatori, which traces its origins to the tithes collected from holiday fishing proceeds in the 13th century for the construction of the initial religious structure. In 1572, the title of cathedral was transferred from the ancient San Paragorio Church to this present-day cathedral, dedicated to the apostle Saint Peter. (Photos 12-13-14) – Corso Italia is a street in Noli which runs from Via Luigi Defferrari to Piazza Roma. (Photos 15-16-17-20-21-22-23-40) – Via Aurelia is a major road that runs along the coast of Italy, from Rome to the French border. It passes through the town of Noli, in the province of Savona, where it offers scenic views of the sea and the hills. (Photos 24-32-33-34-35) – Lungomare Guglielmo Marconi is a street in Noli which runs from Via Aurelia along the sea fron and rejoins the Via Aurelia at the edge of the town. (Photos 25-26-27-28-29-30-31) – Via Collegio is a street in Noli which runs from Via Belvedere to Corso Italia. (Photos 36-37-38-39)
Noli Cuisine: – Noli is a charming seaside town in Liguria, that offers a variety of special cuisines to its visitors. Some of the dishes that you can enjoy in Noli are: – Fritto misto di pesce: a mix of fried fish and seafood, such as anchovies, squid, shrimp, and octopus, served with lemon wedges and parsley. – Trofie al pesto: a type of twisted pasta made with flour and water, tossed with a sauce of basil, garlic, pine nuts, cheese, and olive oil. – Farinata: a thin and crispy pancake made with chickpea flour, water, salt, and oil, baked in a wood-fired oven and seasoned with rosemary, black pepper, or onion. – Pandolce: a sweet bread enriched with raisins, candied fruits, pine nuts, and fennel seeds, traditionally eaten during Christmas. – These are just some of the examples of Noli’s special cuisine, which reflects the rich and diverse culinary heritage of Liguria. If you ever visit Noli, you will surely find many more delicious dishes to taste and enjoy.
Photo Gallery of Walk 1– Via Monastero to Corso Italia
Approximately 0.51 km – 0.32 miles
The walk starts in Via Monastero – Via Cristoforo Colombo – Piazza Giuseppe Ronco – Oratorio di Sant’ Anna, Piazza Giuseppe Ronco – Piazzetta Canano – Piazzetta E. Praga – Piazza della Cattedrale – Concattedrale di San Pietro Piazza della Cattedrale – Piazza della Cattedrale – Corso Italia – Piazza Milite Ignoto – Piazza Manin – Corso Italia
Photo Gallery of Walk 2 – Corso Italia to Via Collegio / Corso Italia
Approximately 1.19 km – 0.74 miles
The walk starts in Corso Italia – Corso Italia – Lungomare Guglielmo Marconi – Via Aurelia – Via Collegio – Via Collegio / Corso Italia