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Noli, Province of SAVONA.
Made rich by commerce, it became a Republic and made an alliance with Genoa in 1202. In 1239 it became a city and diocese and this independence lasted until 1797, the year of Napoleon's invasion. In the mediaeval old town centre there are some very interesting buildings: Palazzo Viale Salvarezza, Casa Pagliano, the tower of the Canto and the town hall (among the few survivors of Noli's original seventy-two towers), parts of the town wall and Monte Ursino castle (twelfth century), which is traditionally said to have inspired Dante's description of Purgatory. The cathedral of San Paragorio, an emblem of Ligurian Romanesque style, dates from the twelfth century: outside there are mediaeval tombs and Islamic majolica works. Among the works of major interest in the interior of the church are a wood copy of the Volto Santo at Lucca, a bishop's chair (thirteenth century) and fourteenth-century frescoes. The relics of Sant'Eugenio, the town's patron saint, are kept in the thirteenth-century cathedral of San Pietro (refurbished in the seventeenth century) together with the cathedral treasure. Besides tourism, fishing has remained one of the main activities in Noli, while the production of wine and oil is on the fall. The typical local specialities are fish dishes to be accompanied by the wines of the Noli hillside vineyards: stuffed grilled cuttlefish and whitebait fritters. From 1576 to 1578, Giordano Bruno taught geometry and cosmography in Noli, the birthplace of Antoniotto Usodimare (1415-1461), the navigator who discovered the Cape Verde islands.
Note: The above is an extracts taken from the official web-site of the Regione Ligure, Agriculture and tourism department - Tourist section.
Travel Hint: Travelling along the Italian Riviera to visit Liguria's coastal towns and cities is recommended by train - they are frequent, comfortable and generally on time. They also take you into the resort centres and give you an additional perspective and 'flavour' of Italian life. The car by contrast is not quite as practical and ideal as first appears. There are basically two roads along the Riviera, the 'autostrada' and the 'Aurelia'. Italian 'autostrada' can be fairly stressed environments and the coastal road (via Aurelia) is pretty in parts but very slow, passing through every little seaside town. Additionally, parking in most Ligurian coastal towns is not in abundance and can take much longer to find a space than ever imagined - during most of the year, not just in summer. With car-hire, petrol, motorway tolls and parking charges, the car soon becomes an expensive and less than ideal way of getting around - and more often than not, slower overall than the journey by train.
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