The olive groves dominate the “Dock of olive”, the Valle Impero, the largest of the West Liguria. Raising from Grande Mountain, the Impero stream, that draws its profile, runs out into the sea of Imperia. Perched villages, breathtaking views and the silver of the olive characterize the high part, where CHIUSANICO, CARAVONICA, LUCINASCO, known for the Church of St. Stephan and the lake, stand out. Down in the valley, the closest towns to the commercial development of the county town: AURIGO, CESIO, PONTEDASSIO, BORGOMARO AND CHIUSAVECCHIA. Since the Middle Ages, the olive is the featuring element of the valley: the Benedictine monks living in Chiusanico would have spread its cultivation in all the area. Climbing to the heights, Conio is known for its prestigious beans, Slow Food product. The State road 28, which is adjacent to art of the Valley, goes on to Col di Nava, passage of the Ligurian Alps that connect Valle Arroscia and Val Tanaro. Mountainous tourist center, Nava is famous for the lavender and the forts, remains of the Savoy and Napoleonic era.
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