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The Orchid Paradise
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This itinerary takes the visitor around the Municipality of Cervo, through many aspects of the Mediterranean vegetation, and it ends in Piazza Castello, in Cervo, where you can start with the visit of a charming medieval village. This itinerary was developed by the Pro Loco of Cervo, together with the Municipality, and the Elementary School. It is marked by the number 1, in a red circle, and by metal nameplates on the walls. In Cervo, by the newsagents, you can find the complete maps of the itineraries. The pathway begins at the feet of Cervo, where the ancient houses of the medieval part meet the modern street Via Aurelia.

By the bakery, a steep stone stairway leads to the centre of the village, then turns right. It still maintains the original features of the 19th century, with its central section for the passage of donkeys and mules, and its steepness indicates that the shortest way should be followed. Walking for a short distance along an asphalted street, you will cross Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, a square used once upon a time for the game “Pallone Elastico”, the traditional Ligurian team game, played with an elastic ball. On the left, the watch tower built in the 15th century as a defence against the invasions of Barbareschi pirates. On the right side, we see the beautiful beaches of Cervo: Pilone, Marina delle Reti, and Porteghetto. At the end of the descent, a street on the left will lead you to the inner part of the village.

The street where we are, is the ancient Roman way, a connection through Western Liguria, to France. After 100 meters, the street suddenly turns into a mule track, on your left.  The vegetation is composed of wide olive terraces and Mediterranean bushes. The far that you walk from the pathway, the more you will find spontaneous flowers, “d’Aleppo”  pinewoods and yellow brooms. This vegetation - along the decades - has colonized again the olive tree cultivations. The mule track passes close to a beautiful carob (Ceratonia Siliqua) and winds along thick vegetation, to the park of “Ciapà”, a green space of the Municipality of Cervo.


Walking on the right side, you will enter the pine’s park, come to a dirt patch, in the direction of the mountains. Keeping to the right side, the pathway runs through the south side of the promontory; you are now on the division line between Cervo and Andora.

The sea view is wonderful. Continue for about half a mile, then you turn left along a mule track. Now you are on the Castellareto hill. Some historical experts identify this area as the earliest settlement of the inhabitants of Cervo, before the colonization made by the Roman Empire.

 The street turns again into a pathway, and goes south, inside bushes damaged by the fire. Burned trunks are still visible. Walking south, the olive terraces appear again, until a site of ruins, where you will recognize the remains of the ancient chapel of St. Giuseppe.

At this point, you leave the pathway n. 1 and, turning left, you enter the pathway n. 21, which leads to Via Solitario delle Alpi.

You cross the road and you will notice, beyond a little bridge on the Rio Bondai, a pathway towards the olive terraces that will lead you to the Castle Square, where the itinerary ends.

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