Visitors to the Liguria region of northern Italy are often spoilt for choice, and sometimes may not be able to decide what kind of holiday they wish to take. Are they looking for a beach holiday with sun, sea and sand? Or perhaps a city break, with bustling nightlife and delicious cuisine? However many visitors prefer somewhere close to the country, with invigorating treks through the fresh air, passed medieval villages and into the woods, or historic locations with museums, cathedrals and ruins to explore. Imperia offers all these things. This iconic Italian city is a popular summer destination with travellers, and it’s very easy to see why. Nestled close to the French border and Nice, this coastal city just barely in the Italian Riviera offers a range of sights, flavours and experiences to delight tourists of any description. The local dialect of the Liguria region is in fact a mixture of French and Italian.
Renowned for flower and olive growing, this pretty town is alive with the pinks and dusty yellows of its buildings and spires, with the greenery of the hillside behind it making for a stunning and quintessentially Italian scene. A typically Mediterranean climate means that days are long and hot, and the winters in Imperia are mild and wet.
Holiday in Imperia
Imperia is a relaxing and beautiful place to find oneself. The old town (Parasio) is a great place to look for a café or restaurant for a pleasant and mouth-watering lunch beneath the sky.
When wandering the town’s ancient streets and exploring each hidden niche; look around you. You may spot any of a host of religious structures dating back centuries such as cathedrals, convents and shrines. The San Maurizio cathedral is the largest church in Liguria, and its stunning whitewashed pillars and spires cut a striking and maybe slightly daunting figure across the Italian skyline.
If you are looking for a more guided tour through the area’s history, perhaps visit the naval museum or the olive museum, enlightening travellers about the two main industries that have kept Imperia fed and clothed for over a thousand years.
Renting holiday accommodation in Imperia
Like many of the coastal towns of Italy and Europe, the best way to absorb as much from the experience as possible is to stay in a holiday rental. This allows you the freedom to go where you please, when you please; while experiencing a slice of local life. Go down to the local food market and buy some freshly caught fish – Imperia is renowned for the quality of its seafood – and garden vegetables then retire to your very own kitchen and prepare the simple delights of antipasti, grilled swordfish Ligurian-style and fresh roasted Mediterranean vegetables.