The Italian region of Liguria is very interesting in particular the hinterland, rich in medieval villages almost forgotten.
With a friend of mine we therefore decided to make a nice excursion discovering some, the first of these is Taggia.
The weather was not the best but at least it did not rain.
Once in Taggia we lost ourselves in the maze of tiny streets in large part covered by houses themselves following a continuous succession of small arches among the houses.
A truly unique architecture that is repeated in several of these medieval villages of Liguria.
Already in the pre-Roman era there are signs of settlements here, the oldest evidence of the place dates from the tenth century b.C., thanks to the discovery of ancient tombs in the area called the Grange.
During the Roman Empire, Taggia became a military base and an important commercial port.
The ancient village of Taggia was destroyed mostly during the barbarian invasions, but what caused the downfall and disappearance of the site was a landslide dated 690 A.D.
The inhabitants took refuge in the then new settlement of Taggia, built years before, and very well defended.
But the walls and fortifications, however, did not prevent the devastation of the pirates Saracen in Taggia in 889 A.D.
In 1153 the city was rebuilt under the feudal rule of Clavesana, then transferred to the Republic of Genoa.
In 1273 he became a local and independent city, an ally of Genoa, in 1381 also created its own charter by giving powers to the local mayor.
The ‘Podesta’ (the local mayor) was suppressed in 1797 by Napoleon Bonaparte who formed the Ligurian Republic.
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