Imperia is a fairly small city and, like many cities in Liguria, it is linked to the sea and the mountains in the background of the city.
Imperia is very close to the borders with France and it is very pleasant to walk on foot. The perfect time to visit the city is the beginning of the summer when you can go to the beach.
In this article, you will find a guide with all the best places to visit and what to eat typically in the Imperia area.
The city is totally immersed in an atmosphere of beach town but still, you will be able to see the mountains in the background.
The port of the city is with no doubt one of the main places to hang out and you definitely want to stop by a restaurant and eat good food there for sure.
Imperia What To Do
The historic center of Imperia is formed by the union of two coastal municipalities Oneglia and Porto Maurizio. Porto Maurizio was built on a peninsula west of the river Impero, and it’s here where we can start our tour.
We can begin our tour of imperia from Porto Maurizio where you can find the largest church in Liguria, the Duomo-Basilica of San Maurizio.
Also, the Loggia di Santa Chiara with its columns facing the sea that will give you a fantastic panorama is located in Porto Maurizio.
Oneglia was a village based on the maritime lifestyle. The historic center is perfectly intact and the maritime atmosphere is breathed under the arcades of Via Bonfante and Piazza Dante. The center of the nightlife of Imperia is the port area.
The Parasio is the oldest district of Porto Maurizio that was once protected by the walls and it is still almost completely a pedestrian spot to walk along the streets and the alleys.
Villa Grock is a huge villa that belonged to Grock, a world-famous clown who personally designed the art deco style villa.
Today it is the Clown Museum, it is owned by the Province of Imperia and can be visited and it is definitely a kind of museum that you will not find anywhere else.
The Olive Museum is an interesting museum as well that will tell you a lot about the olive oil and the history of the olive trees in Liguria.
You will be able to find a great restaurant inside the museums and taste several awesome dishes cooked with the best olive oil.
Some other monuments and museum worth a visit are:
Museo Navale di Imperia,
Parco la Rabina,
Loggiato Di Santa Chiara,
Santuario di Santa Croce,
Santuario Di Monte Grazie.
Food In Imperia
When you are in the region Liguria and in Imperia, your mission needs to be to get tired of fish, but it will be impossible because it’s too good.
One of the most interesting dishes of this city is the Branzino al Verde which is a kind of fish marinated in a green sauce.
Sometimes people add green tea also in the mixture and oranges so that the dish becomes more exotic and tasty.
La Sardenaira is focaccia stuffed with tomatoes, sardines, olives and garlic, a typical dish of ancient origins, around the year 1300 and it is a delicious snack, suitable for any time of day.
the green cake is prepared with a few ingredients: eggs, cheese, rice, beet and zucchini trumpets from Albenga.
Il Brandacujùn is an appetizer based on stockfish with potatoes, olive oil, garlic, pine nuts, parsley all mixes together.