Why Noli Should Be on Your Bucket List
If you're looking for a charming seaside village that offers delicious seafood, stunning views, and a rich history, look no further than Noli. Just a little over an hour away from Vigna Rocchetta, this picturesque town is the perfect destination for a day trip or a weekend getaway.
Located along the Ligurian coast, Noli is the perfect hub for exploring the region's many wonderful cities. Here are just a few of the nearby destinations you won't want to miss:
Spotorno: Just a five-minute drive from Noli, this quaint seaside town boasts a beautiful beach and a charming historic center.
Finale Ligure: This medieval town is just 15 minutes away and is famous for its beaches, hiking trails, and world-class rock climbing.
Savona: A 20-minute drive from Noli, Savona is a historic port city with a beautiful old town and a lively cultural scene.
Varigotti: This charming fishing village is just 10 minutes away and is famous for its picturesque bay and stunning sea views.
Albenga: A 30-minute drive from Noli, Albenga is a medieval town with a rich history, beautiful architecture, and excellent restaurants.
Ca de Tobia is a charming holiday home that is perfectly located for a stay in Noli if you decide to spend the night. The property is situated on the beach walk, just steps away from the sea, which means that guests can enjoy stunning views of the Mediterranean and the sound of the waves crashing on the shore.
What sets Ca de Tobia apart is its unique style and furnishings. The owners have taken great care to create a space that is both comfortable and stylish, and the result is a chic and cozy interior that feels both modern and timeless.
Guests at Ca de Tobia can expect to find comfortable beds, high-quality linens, and all the amenities they need for a relaxing stay. The property also boasts a lovely terrace where guests can enjoy a delicious Mediterranean breakfast while taking in the stunning sea views. And of course, the hospitality of the host, Sergio, is second to none, making Ca de Tobia the perfect spot for a stay in Noli.
While there's plenty to see and do in the surrounding area, Noli itself is a destination worth savoring. Here are just a few highlights:
Castello di Monte Ursino:
A nice hike up to the castle is a must. From the top, you'll enjoy breathtaking views of the sea and the surrounding coastline. The castle dates back to the 12th century and was originally built as a watchtower to defend against pirates and other invaders. Legend has it that the castle is haunted by the ghost of a young girl who fell to her death from one of the castle towers. Visitors have reported feeling a sense of unease in certain areas of the castle, and some have even claimed to have seen the ghostly apparition of the girl.
Old town of Noli:
The town of Noli has a rich history that dates back to Roman times, and the old town is full of beautiful medieval architecture and narrow, winding streets.
Take a stroll through the winding streets of the old town and discover its hidden corners, ancient walls, and beautiful churches. Don't miss the chance to try some of the local cuisine at one of the many family-run restaurants.
One of the most iconic landmarks in the old town is the 13th-century Romanesque church of San Paragorio, which features beautiful frescoes and a unique two-story bell tower.
The town also has a strong seafaring tradition, and many of the old buildings in the town center were once the homes of fishermen and sailors. Today, the town is still known for its excellent seafood restaurants and its lively port.
Orange trees, lemon trees, and olive trees:
Noli is also known for its abundance of orange trees, lemon trees, and Taggiasca olives. These small, dark brown olives are a specialty of the Ligurian region, with a rich and fruity flavor that is perfect for snacking, adding to salads, or using in pasta dishes.
In fact, you'll find Taggiasca olives on the menu of many of the local restaurants.
Waterfront, beach : The beach at Noli is a must-visit destination for anyone staying in the area. While it's true that the beach is for the most part covered in stones rather than sand, the stunningly clear waters and the breathtaking scenery more than make up for it.
In fact, the beach at Noli has been recognized as one of the best in Italy, and has received several awards, including the "Blue Flag" award for its cleanliness and environmental sustainability.
Whether you're looking to swim, sunbathe, or simply take in the sights and sounds of the Mediterranean, the beach at Noli is the perfect place to do it, with plenty of amenities such as sunbeds for rent and delicious seafood restaurants along the waterfront avenue.
Wining and dining
No trip to Noli would be complete without sampling some of the local cuisine. Fortunately, the town is home to a variety of excellent restaurants and bars, each serving up their own unique takes on classic Ligurian dishes. Some of the must-try dishes from the region include:
Pesto alla Genovese: A classic sauce made from basil, garlic, pine nuts, and Parmesan cheese, served over fresh pasta or bread.
Focaccia: A delicious, savory flatbread that's perfect for snacking on throughout the day.
Farinata: A crispy, savory pancake made from chickpea flour and olive oil, served hot and fresh out of the oven.
Acciughe al verde: Fresh anchovies marinated in parsley, garlic, and lemon juice, a local specialty that's sure to delight seafood lovers.
Whether you're looking for a quick snack or a full meal, you're sure to find something to love in the restaurants of Noli.
Including Noli in your stay at Vigna Rocchetta is the perfect opportunity to explore this wonderful corner of the Ligurian coast. Whether you have a day to spare or want to make it a one-night stayover, you'll discover the beauty and charm of this seaside village. So why not add Noli to your itinerary and experience everything it has to offer?