WalksThe Orchid ParadiseA short walk around Diano CastelloLet's take a look at Diano MarinaThree ancient villagesThe Savoia roadA look at a few churchesWhere the Olive Tree is kingAlong the crests
At the beginning, San Bartolomeo al Mare arose not on the coast, as today, but in the countryside, around the Parish church and the Oratory of St. Michele. The modern town developed along the coast during the years of the “economic boom” in Italy, from 1950 onwards; the result, is a pleasant mix of houses and green spaces.The church, re-built after the earthquake in 1887, still has some medieval parts: the bell tower, a slate portal of 1606 and a polyptych with St. Bartholomew (1562), of the painters De’ Rossi.San Bartolomeo al Mare has only 900 meters of beach, but its sea promenade is one of the most pleasant in the Riviera of Flowers. Far from the traffic, this promenade is a good place to relax and walk, with many play areas for children.
The panoramic point is represented by the pinewood “Quaglia”. Upon the hills, nearby, in the hamlet of Poiolo, we find the little Church of St. Anna. Another important religious jewel, is the Sanctuary of Nostra Signora della Rovere, in the quarter called “Rovere” (durmast), ancient place of devotion for the pilgrims, in the heart of what was once upon a time a luxuriant durmast wood (the “Lucus Bormani").
San Bartolomeo al Mare has the biggest olive cultivation area of the whole Gulf. Its economy is based upon tourism, flowers and vegetable cultivations and greenhouses. Example, the juicy big tomato “cuore di bue” (ox heart).
Award “Rovere d’Oro”: this International Instrumental and Vocal Competition for young artists, has reached its 18th season. In 2002, the 500 plus competitors, coming from 22 different nations, were divided into “Young Talents” and “Premio Rovere d’Oro”, that means the Golden Rovere Award. Every year, in July, young music students are awarded scholarships during the gala concert evenings, on the evocative churchyard of Church Madonna della Rovere.Concerts “Rovere d’Oro”: in august, together with young talents, the public enjoys the exhibition of international fame artists, on the evocative churchyard of Church Madonna della Rovere.Festival M&T; Music and Theatre: in the heart of summer, a successful meeting of theatre experiments, singer-songwriters, popular culture and ethnic echoes, for a festival conceived to be an exchange among different people and traditions, not to miss the common roots of the human being. Several events are located throughout the San Bartolomeo district.Arti e Sapori della Rovere: art and taste at the Rovere, a tradition since more than one century; originally born as Fiera della Candelora, it is a unique occasion to taste food specialties from all over Italy. Nearby the Sanctuary, is held - as every year - the traditional Fair.
Saggi e Assaggi: learn and taste; Western Liguria cooking lessons, is the under title of this event; famous Italian cooks reunite to show their personal idea of the most important regional recipes. Festa del Vento: wind festival, the first week-end in September, a meeting for all the children, with laboratories to build kites, do flight experiments, and enjoy everything that can fly in the sky.