With this article, we want to invite you to get to know our town so you can spend your holiday in the real Liguria by diving into the relaxed, slow typical life of a small village where everyone knows each other.
Immersed in the greenery and tranquillity of the western Ligurian hinterland, Borgomaro is a delightful medieval village located in the centre of the Maro Valley and a few kilometres from the Ligurian Sea.
Inhabited by just over 800 residents, our town has a unique urban layout that is not found in any other nearby village: its structure consists of a precise orthogonal grid, with houses arranged in a checkerboard pattern.
That’s why today, walking through its narrow streets, you can still breathe a typical medieval atmosphere.
What to see in Borgomaro?
Inside the town, there are several noteworthy buildings, some of which are little known but no less interesting and undoubtedly deserve to be discovered: the heart of Borgomaro is Piazza Felice Cascione, overlooked by the parish church dedicated to Sant’Antonio Abate.
The current Baroque appearance is due to a seventeenth century reconstruction while the naoclassical facade dates back to the nineteenth century. Inside the church, you can admire valuable works of art, including the eighteenth century painting of the Madonna with Child and the Saints Joseph, Antonio da Padova, Carlo Borromeo and Francesco Saverio.
Also not to be missed is the Pieve (a medieval rural church) dei Santi Nazario e Celso, of early Christian origin but completely rebuilt at the end of the fifteenth century.
The building features a portal carved in black stone and houses various works of art including the Polyptych of the Encounter with Veronica by Raffaello De Rossi, one of the most important masterpieces in Liguria.
In town, there are numerous other religious buildings, among which the Oratory of Sant’Anna of clear Baroque inspiration, the Oratory of the Madonna del Ponte and that of San Giuseppe are noteworthy from a historical and architectural point of view.
As examples of civil architecture, several buildings still testify to the wealth of the past, including the Palazzo Cassio Amelio, built in the nineteenth century and today the seat of the Municipality, inside which there are statues by the sculptor Luigi Guacci and frescoes by Vittorio Piccardi; the marvellous Palazzo Doria, dating back to the sixteenth century; Palazzo De Mora, with its elegant mullioned windows and beautiful black stone portal; and the Palazzo Guglieri, dating back to the seventeenth century.
Also of considerable interest is the Casa del Cavaliere Giacomo Amey, an ancient residence recently restored, whose original layout, probably dating back to the fifteenth century, is an example of Genoese Renaissance canons.
As for the military architecture, in Borgomaro is possible to admire the ruins of the Castello del Maro, which was destroyed in battle, and the Castello di Conio, located in the highest part of the hamlet with the same name, where exhibitions and events are hosted.
These are just some of the things to see because in Borgomaro there is something magical to discover around every corner.
Now you just need to pack your bags and set off to discover Borgomaro: we at Relais del Maro will be here, ready to welcome you and make you feel at home during your magnificent stay!