An ancient Roman village on Monte Ceppo
In the village you will find a romantic church from the 12th century worth seeing
The village is completely surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, and these make it very suitable for hitchhiking and walks. As you move further up, this vegetation gives way to chestnut trees and coniferous forests.
On the way to Ghimbegna pass, you will go past the pilgrimage church of Madonna della Villa. One can also tour the beautiful natural environment on mountain bike and enjoy the mesmerising feeling it offers. Excursions to San Remo are just as popular. One can reach there by car in just approx. 30 minutes and the place is marvellously suitable for swimming, relaxing, shopping and for all manner of water sports. The local restaurants in the village offer mostly meat specialities like rabbit, boar and brawns, and they are very popular with the visitors. Among the sweet spices, one should absolutely try the locally popular crustoli. These are particularly delicious around here.
Ceriana is a typical medieval town built on the site of a Roman settlement called "Castrum Coelianae". It stands on the right bank of the Armea in the hinterland of San Remo. The structure of the town is concentric and it is crossed by a network of small streets. You will find it interesting to stop and look at the architectural details of the buildings, which tell of everyday life in bygone days: the doors and portals, the decorations and friezes, the sixteenth-century shops, the cisterns and stone tanks.
The religious architecture and sacred art in such a limited space surprisingly offer many examples of different periods and styles. For example, there are the four oratories which host the city's confraternities (distinguished by colour: the Reds, the Blues, the Greens and the Blacks). During the Jubilee Year, these veritable social and religious institutions will house an exhibition of ancient furnishings and clothing. The seventeenth-century parish church of Saints Peter and Paul holds a poliptych dating from 1526 by an unknown author; the wooden choir and the organ are by Lorenzo Paoli.
The church of the Santo Spirito dates from the twelfth-thirteenth centuries but was completed in the sixteenth century: worth mentioning are its sculpted portals. The church of Sant'Andrea, which may have been built on the site of a former pagan temple, holds a fifteenth-century wooden crucifix. The seventeenth-century Palazzo dei Conti Roverizio has some curious stone Baroque masks on the portico pillars.
Ceriana is a hamlet in the province of Imperia which lies in the Liguria region. There are several other villages near Ceriana, for instance, Verezzo (12.9 km), Baiardo (8.7 km) and San Romolo (18.5 km). From the highway exit to Arma di Taggia, follow Via Beglini until you come to the SP 55 on the right-hand side. Follow this up to Ceriana.