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In earliest times, the Gulf of Diana was covered by a sacred wood, dedicated to God Borman (Lucus Bormani) and then to Diana the hunter. Today, the aspect of the territory has completely changed. The climax of the vegetation (climax is the natural developing of the vegetation, when left free to grow and evolve), would be forests of durmasts,  (quercus ilex). Man strongly changed the natural growth of the vegetation (holm-oaks, durmast, quercus petrae and quercus pubescens). Wild olive trees were only few. Pinewoods, could be found only close to the seacoast (pinus halepensis).

Today the panorama is featured by a vast area of olive terraces, mixed with man made pinewoods and implantations of oaks, together with lawns (as a residual of the rough grazing).

Geologically, the land of the Dianese is featured by the so called “flysch” with helmintoids, a soil which is typical of western Liguria and easy to see driving along the coast roads between Diano Marina, Imperia, and the valleys. In Diano Castello and Pairola we find Pliocene rocks, especially marlstones, which creates a fertile land for the production of Vermentino vineyards. The marlstones are in Ligurian dialect known as “tufi”, and this is the origin of the name “Tovo”, a hamlet in the municipality of Villa Faraldi.

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