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In these pages we will try to introduce you to the Green Giara Valley and all the activities that you can do here. For sure if you want to get out of the daily routine, or relax in a quiet place and in close contact with nature, you are in the right place!
Where we are
Rezzo is a small village in the Ligurian inland, located in the province of Imperia, where about 300 people live, halfway between the sea and the mountains.
A place immersed in greenery, unique, in close contact with nature, rich in history and traditions.
The municipality is made up of the capital and three hamlets: Cenova, Lavina and San Bernardo.
The villages are located about 500 m above sea level in the Giara Valley, which takes its name from the river of the same name that crosses it in its entirety.
Since 1929 the municipality of Rezzo also includes the territory of Cenova and Lavina. This union completed the political aggregation of the valley, already begun by the Ligurian Republic in 1797. Previously, the relations between the capital and its two current hamlets were very tense. Rezzo, a fief of the Clavesana and Genoese domination, was opposed to Cenova and Lavina, villages that belonged first to the Lascaris and then to the Savoy.
The articulated village of Rezzo was designed around the castles; the medieval one first and the seventeenth century one later.
Rezzo had a relative well-being because of the mountain pastures and the woods. The purchase of the Oneglia Valley by Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, who wanted to join a convenient Via Torino to the sea, forced the mule drivers to circumvent the Genoese Pieve di Teco and therefore the transit of goods from the Oneglia Valley through San Bernardo del Conio, Lavina and Cenova. For two centuries this road was used commercially, providing economic advantages for Cenova and Lavina. From these villages comes a long tradition of “piccapietre” (Stoneworkers), masons and artists, participants in an extensive cultural movement that developed in the late Middle Ages between Liguria, Monregalese and Provence.
The thousand-year-old Marenca road follows the western ridge of the Rezzo valley. This road led from the Monregalese valleys to the Ligurian coast. Along the way, between the Passo del Pizzo and the Passo della Mezzaluna, there is a large depression called, from the same name of chapel now reduced to ruins, Sotta di San Lorenzo: it is an amphitheater at 1600 meters above sea level, in a beautiful natural environment.
The Sotta di San Lorenzo is dominated by the pass that leads to Drego, a settlement already frequented in prehistoric times. Along this road, on the ridge, there is a stone set in the ground, by some referred to as menhirs. The Municipality of Rezzo, today, has just over 300 inhabitants, which however double during the summer. In recent years, new economic realities have arisen aimed at the production of excellent products such as dairy, oil, honey and wine, all strictly organic. The municipal administration has the objective of promoting the territory through cultural, food and wine and sports initiatives.