Love me in Liguria: Alassio, the city of Lovers

Love me in Liguria: Alassio, the city of Lovers

The famous town on the Ligurian Riviera of Ponente offers many opportunities for a weekend getaway or a family vacation. The tourist attractions to see are many, starting from the “Budello”, the narrow street that crosses the center or the beach, from the bottom. Also, it is not possible to visit the Muretto di Alassio, a symbol of the City of Lovers, the Villa del Pergola Park and the former Anglican church, which has become an event space. Finally, you can not leave Alassio without having tasted its famous Kisses, irresistible sweets typical of the place.

«We reach Alassio when the fatigue of the day weighs down on our ankles, so we slow our pace, while your fingers trace the veins of my wrist. The houses greet us silently, the shop windows full of the famous “Baci” (chocolate sweets) that you have spoken to me about so many times. We diligently follow the winding of the ancient Via Iulia Augusta to the arch of Capo di Santa Croce, where the view opens to the sea on the horizon. A blue expanse of water which, immobile, takes out breath away: hard not to believe the words of those who called this vision “The Gate to Paradise”. We walk back to the centre, in front of the ancient Caffè Roma, where the famous Muretto diAlassio (Wall of Alassio) captures your curious gaze. Coloured tile after coloured tile, Alassio tells its story, an album of love stories for the most sensitive hearts. I almost feel it in the air, this memory of every written phrase, of every dedication. So while you’re busy looking for Hemingway’s autograph – “He was the very first to autograph
a tile!” you whisper – I take out the lunch receipt from my trouser pocket and on the back I write
to you the dedication of love that you deserve, the one that says how beautiful it is to know by heart your smile and how much I really hope to never know it enough. We leave with the image of Hemingway’s signature as the screensaver on your mobile phone and my words at the bottom of the post-box of love letters on the Wall, forever part of the City of Lovers.»