On the southern slopes of the Rocca Barbena (1142 metres), from which it takes its name, there lies this old medieval village in the valley of the Neva, dating back to the 11th century. Recognized to be one of the Most beautiful Villages in Italy, it was also given the “Orange Flag” for the good conservation of the old village. An important fee of the marquises of Clavesana, it lost importance when it came under the jurisdiction of Zuccarello. In 1623 it was purchased by the Savoys, and then was besieged and conquered by Genoa (1672). The Assunta parish church, with a bell tower with little arch decorations over it, is a seventeenth-century reconstruction of a previous building. The village has charming medieval aspects, meticulously respected by the recent restructurings, with fortified houses, traditional residences with dome roofs, terraces above and little walls to collect rainwater, and shops selling typical local products. Going along the narrow caruggi, you can see the little old arches in stone that connected homes.

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