Italy
Apricale

Apricale is a captivating medieval village where time seemingly stands still. Its terracotta roofs and ancient stone walls gleam under the Italian sun, inviting travelers into a world of history, charm, and Italian authenticity. Read more

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Apricale, recognized as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, is a maze of narrow alleys, arches, and squares clinging to the side of a mountain. This medieval gem has preserved its timeless allure, with stone-built houses, panoramic terraces, and age-old frescoes. The village’s rich history is evident in every corner, and it's not uncommon to find artists getting inspired by its picturesque vistas. Its theatrical tradition, particularly the summer performances in the open-air square, adds to its cultural vibrancy. Amidst this ancient ambiance, Apricale remains lively and dynamic, blending past and present in harmony.
A visit to Apricale is more than just a trip to a historic village; it's an immersion into a world where traditions are cherished, history is relived daily, and the charm of old-world Italy is celebrated in every nook and cranny.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Apricale

Castello della Lucertola

Overlooking the village, this castle turned museum offers a glimpse into Apricale's storied past and provides breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

Piazza Vittorio Veneto

The heart of the village, this open-air square is surrounded by historic buildings and is the stage for various cultural events and theatrical performances.

Church of the Purification of the Virgin Mary

A testament to the village's spiritual heritage, this church boasts beautiful frescoes and a serene ambiance.

Merelli's Mill

A restored ancient olive mill that showcases the traditional method of producing olive oil, offering an insight into the region's agricultural legacy.

The Murals

Apricale is adorned with various murals that depict scenes from daily life and legends, turning the village itself into an open-air canvas.

The Bronze Cats

Scattered throughout the village are bronze sculptures of cats, adding a whimsical touch to the historical surroundings.

Oratorio di San Bartolomeo

An ancient religious edifice that stands as a reflection of the village's deep-rooted faith and traditions.

Local Gastronomy

Relish Ligurian specialties in the village’s charming trattorias, where local dishes like "pansarole" and "rabbit apricalese" tantalize the palate.

Guided Walking Tours

Engage with local guides who can unveil the hidden tales and legends of Apricale, offering a deeper understanding of its heritage.

Nearby Hiking Trails

Venture outside the village to explore the verdant hills and valleys of Liguria through well-marked hiking trails that offer panoramic views.

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