Pieve di Teco
This town has typical medieval stone houses surrounded by olive groves and vineyards
Take a stroll through the tiny little lanes in the village or hike through the olive groves and vineyards and enjoy the mountain vegetation
The Salvini theatre in Pieve di Teco is the smallest and, probably due its small size, most beautiful and most charming theatre in Italy. With an area of 43m2 and a capacity for 90 visitors on the main floor and more 16 people on the wooden gallery, this theatre which is located in the hinterland of Imperia is a must to see.
The area around Pieve di Teco has hiking and cycling tracks along which every tourist can go on a discovery tour of Liguria`s natural vegetation. One can experience the diverse nature of Liguria`s vegetation along an 8 km stretch of hiking track to Rezzo via Lavina. This region is particularly well known for its green olive groves and mountainous landscape, which is a source of great fun even for mountain bikers. After approximately 35 km by car from Pieve di Teco, you will be in Imperia and therefore also at Liguria`s coast. Imperia offers numerous shopping opportunities and has a surprise for its visitors in the form of numerous leisure activities. Besides, you can also find beautiful gravel and sandy beaches there, as well as lively promenades.
You can witness typical Italian life being leisurely played out in the main street of the old town district, with a few shops and merry-making inhabitants. No where else are businesses and shops more ethnic than in Pieve di Teco.You can get all the typical specialties there, ranging from wine via cheese to olive oil. The area around Pieve di Teco is famous for its particularly good cheese varieties which are partly also only sold over the shop counter.
As a tourist, one can find everything one needs for daily use within the locality: restaurants (like Pizzeria ristorante il Maniscalco), bars, bakeries, confectionaries, fuel stations and even a small hardware store. There is a weekly market every Tuesday and those looking for a good bargain will get it at the antique market which takes place every last Sunday of the month.
The name of this town, which is situated at the confluence of the Giara di Rezzo and Arroscia rivers, is composed of "Plebs" (community, church on which other rural churches depend) and "Theicos" (an ancient Celtic deity). Founded at the junction of many "salt roads" between Liguria and Piemont, the parish became the centre of the feudal organisation of the valley and, after passing into the hands of the Genoese in 1385, it was an outpost for defence against the Savoys.
The castle and the town, which has preserved its slate portals and Gothic porticoes along the old market street, date back to 1232. The fifteenth-century church of Santa Maria della Ripa, with a Gothic bell tower and portal, was once the parish church, while the grandiose collegiate church of San Giovanni Battista, which was planned by Gaetano Canone and built in the early nineteenth century, preserves some precious works, including sculptures from the Maragliano school and paintings by Giulio Benso and Domenico Piola. Two works by Maragliano are also to be seen in the oratory of Santi Giovanni Battista e Sebastiano (1234).
Above the monastery of San Francesco (seventeenth century), which overlooks the town, you will find the large stretch of woodland called the Bosco dei Cappuccini, where you can see some centuries-old trees. The former Augustinian monastery is situated at the beginning of the road to Colle di Nava.
The old castle was destroyed in 1625 in the conflict between Genoa and the Savoys. Its place is now taken by the Augustinian monastery complex, now used as a civic theatre. All that remains of the manor house is a sixteenth-century black stone bas-relief. The town is the departure-point for numerous excursions along the ancient roads through the mountain passes towards the nearby Pennavaira and Tanara Valleys and towards the higher pasture lands. The main local products are superior-quality olive oil and Ormeasco wine. The traditional handicraft shoe-making trade is now dying out.
Pieve di Teco is one of the villages in the province of Imperia which lies in the Liguria region. There are several other villages near Pieve di Teco, for example: Vessalico (4.5 km), Cenova (8.6 km) and Rezzo (8.1 km). Follow the highway exit to Imperia Est and turn right to the SS28. Drive past Chiusanico and Cesio and thereafter you will reach Pieve di Teco.