A village perched on a sun-drenched hillside, which takes its name from the Italian word aprico, meaning exposed to the sun. A medieval village in Val Nervia, every summer Apricale’s spectacular square, with its surrounding narrow alleyways, becomes the natural setting for touring shows performed by the Teatro della Tosse theatre company. Towering above the village is the Castello della Lucertola, a 10th-century castle which now houses a museum. Apricale is adored by artists: the house facades flaunt murals and contemporary works of art are dotted all around the village. Treat the palate with traditional desserts such as bugie (rectangular pieces of fried dough covered with sugar) and zabaglione (cream made with egg yolks, sugar, and a sweet wine).

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