San Bartolomeo al Mare is a famous holiday resort. Its infrastructures are considered among the best ones of the whole Riviera. It is formed by two mediaeval villages named San Bartolomeo and Rovere and it is a popular place for summer holidays, since it offers many nice hotels, holiday residences and camping sites. The town is devoted to the pilgrimage site Madonna delle Rovere: on the church square, an international festival dedicated to young singers takes place every summer. In the church, you can admire a fresco by Tommaso Carrega and a crucifix dating back to the 15th century.
The neoclassical style of the façade is clearly recognisable, if you look at the entrance portal. On the contrary, the bell tower is in Arabic style and gives the site both, a suggestive and a mystic atmosphere. You can notice the gable roof of the mediaeval parish church San Bartolomeo from a distance. It dates back to the 17th century and was repeatedly extended and then badly damaged by an earthquake in 1887 and rebuilt as it was. In the church, you can admire a polyptych by the father and son pair of artists De Rossi, which represents San Bartolomeo. In the hinterland of San Bartolomeo, there is an old Poiolo with the little church Sant´ Anna that is located in a little square surrounded by palms. Typical of the valley are olive groves, olive mills and little villages such as Pairola and Chiappa as well as some towns that are located in the Steria Valley such as Riva Faraldi, Villa Faraldi (a famous summer theatre), Deglio, Tovo and Tovetto.