The Val di Vara is the largest and least populated territory of the Cinque Terre area, and its historical background. Its strategic importance is evident for the over time spreading of artisanal and craftmanship activities. A real landmark in northern Italy.
With a low density of human settlement and large spots of unspoilt nature, today the Vara Valley winds along the Vara River, on the banks of which stand ancient castles and villages, in a territory which in the Middle Ages was often disputed between Genoan wealthy families and Florence and Tuscany feuds for the control of important routes and trading centers.
Brugnato is a very ancient village of the Vara Valley, once an important religious and economical center, founded by the monks coming down from Emilia to the sea. The birth of Brugnato is therefore linked to the foundation of its abbey which, like other Ligurian and northern Italian monastic sites, depended on the benedictine abbey of San Colombano in Bobbio.
The growing importance of the religious site, and consequently of the community of Brugnato, were "protected" and "recognized" also by the imperial power with quotations in the diplomas of Charles the Great, Ottone the third.
The territory of Calice al Cornoviglio is totally mountainous, crossed by narrow valleys and streams transversal to the Val di Vara. Calice town stands on a hill about 400 m above sea level and overlooks the whole Valley.
In its municipal territory, which is part of the Regional Natural Park of Montemarcello-Magra-Vara, there are the peaks of Mount Cornoviglio (1,162 m) and of Mount Coppigliolo.
The oldest information regarding the village of Calice al Cornoviglio dates back to the beginning of the 11th century when the complex was owned by the bishops of Luni and then the Malaspina, as attested by a document dated 1033. The town and its fortress were contended by the feudal dominations that alternatively dominated the area.
Pignone is one of the most important towns in the Vara Valley, especially for its bio coltures of vegetables and breeding.
Visit its ancient villages to know more about history and art of the whole Cinque Terre area.
Brugnato is the Capital of the first european Bio District, for the sustainable management of local resources.
Chees, ham, honey, bread, sausages, potatoes jams, are just some of the local delicacies.
There are a few perct spots along the River for a refreshing
Walk the “Bardelloni”, the ancient sggestivemule tracks from the mountains to the sea.
If you like shopping, enjoy the great designers shops and offers of the Cinque Terre Outlet Mall in Brugnato.
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