A beautiful town with medieval origins and numerous old walls

The ruins of the old castle with the defense tower are worth seeing

This northern Italian village lies only about 20 km from the provincial capital Imperia. The location is therefore perfectly suitable for vacation in a holiday house in the beautiful Ligurian village, and at the same time you can visit other lively coastal towns.

Visit the churches of San Pietro and the Assunta which were built on the ruins of the feudal castle. The church of San Pietro in Vincoli was built between 1619 and 1634 and preserves a number of works of art: the main altar and the marble tabernacle are the work of the celebrated Genoese sculptor Gaggini; of the eight minor altars, those dedicated to Sant'Antonio Abate, San Paolo Eremita and San Crocifisso are particularly beautiful. The church also has some fine stuccoes and a wooden crucifix that is said to have miraculous powers. The wooden statue of the Madonna Assunta in the oratory of the same name is the work of Maragliano.

Religious services are held in the ancient oratory during the festival of the Madonna del Carmine. Of unknown origins, the building preserves candelabra and sacred objects dating from 1650 and a painting showing Sant'Eligio catching a horse.

The magnificent castle with the twin lateral towers dominating Piazza Ruffini in the heart of the town bears the name of Monsignor Arnaldi, the archbishop of Spoleto. Castellaro hosts bicycle races and motocross competitions. This is also where you can taste "fugazzun", a marrow and vegetable pie.

In the same way you can undertake mountain bike and hiking tours through the beautiful landscape or drive to the coast with its many beautiful beaches for a swim. Water sport enthusiasts will also get all their money’s worth in this place. Castellaro is also particularly well- known among golf enthusiasts. The big golf course lies wonderfully among the natural hills and offers a good view over the picturesque surrounding region.

Whoever spends his holiday or a few days in Castellaro should also visit Osteria della Braia. The latter is located directly on the Piazza Matteoti and you can have a delicious meal there as well try out some good wines. The Lampedusa restaurant is definitely also worth a visit. The local specialities offered there will leave you feeling pampered as you enjoy the beautiful view over the valley and the mountains overlooking the valley.

The name of this ancient town derives from "castellari", the strategic places that were given fortifications by the ancient Ligurians. One of these was transformed into a castle by the De Quadraginta family, and the town grew up around it in the eleventh century. Conceded to the Spinola family in 1472, it later passed into the hands of the Gentili family in the seventeenth century. They were the feudal owners of the place until feudal privileges were abolished.

Castellaro is a village in the province of Imperia which lies in Liguria region. There are many other villages near Castellaro and they include: Taggia (8.4 km), Pompeiana (3.5 km) and Boscomare (18.7 km).You can reach Castellaro by taking the highway exit to Arma di Taggia and then driving along Via Beglini before changing over to the SS1 towards Genoa, and then turning left onto the SP51 and following it up to Castellaro.

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