A village famous for its "Bean festival"
Medieval lanes of Conio will lead you to Ligurian culinary delights
Conio borders directly with the Maritime Alps nature conservation region which stretches up to Monte Grande. There is a variety of rarely seen flora and fauna to admire in this area, and hiking and mountain-bike tours in such a place is doubly exciting. Due to the location of the village, it is possible to take on more challenging paths.
Several festivals are celebrated in Conio all year round. The “Bean festival”, which is celebrated every year on the weekend of 21st September or there about, is the most important of them all. As the name suggests, the most delicious beans in Conio, for which the village is famous across the region are celebrated that day. The “Mercau di Orti” takes place on one of the Sundays in October. Local culinary specialties are sold on that day and one can even eat a whole menu by “hiking from one place to the next”. Different specialties are offered in different places in the village, and these can be enjoyed on the spot. In that way, one will have tasted a whole menu of local specialities by the end of the day.
One can also admire various attractions while taking a walk through the village. As such many houses which have been restored still have the appearance of the Middle Ages. Furthermore, there is a hidden underground path which runs along the church from beneath it, and ends on the church forecourt. If you love adventure, you should check this out. A historical wash-fountain in the village square is also still well-maintained. The same applies to the castle which has been partially renovated and is open for the public to visit. It now contains rooms for exhibitions and offers space for organized events. The view over the valley is breathtaking from up there.
You can let yourself be pampered with local dishes in the small agro- tourism restaurant right there in Conio, or you can go and taste the pizza baked in the pizza oven in “U Rugiu” restaurant. We really recommend this pizza and the topping can be constituted according to your wish. There are other excellent restaurants in the neighbouring village of Borgomare, where you can also buy some foodstuffs for daily consumption though the pricing in those restaurants is a bit higher. Along the way from Imperia to Conio, lies the attractive “Bennet” shopping centre which offers everything you need for the perfect holiday.
During the Middle Ages, Conio was the place where the castle belonging to Ventimiglia Lascaris stood, and that castle still stands there even today. Having undergone some oppression during the Napoleonic wars, the village was integrated into the Italian kingdom in 1859. It then became autonomous in 1928, after having been suppressed by other communities for many years. 1928 saw the incorporation of Conio into the region of Borgomaro. Parts of the town, among them the historical castle, were partly destroyed during the 2nd world war, however the castle was partially restored through elaborate restoration works.
Conio is one of the villages in the province of Imperia which lies in the Liguria region. There are several other villages near Conio, and they include: San Bernado di Conio (4 km), Poggialto (4.9 km), and Ville San Pietro (5.4 km). You can reach Conio by taking the highway exit to Imperia Est and then turning right into the SS28 towards Torino. Drive past Pontedassio and then change to the SP30 when you are near Sarola. When you get to Lucinasco hill, change onto the SP24 and then to SP25 at Ville San Pietro which will lead you to Conio.