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to (12 M.) Spotorno we obtain a flne *Retrospect of the Riviera as far
as Genoa. Opposite lies the rocky islet of Bergeggi (210 ft.), with a
ruined Román tower; it was once the seat of a celebrated monastery.
__34 M. Spotorno (Alb. dellaPace), with an excellent bathing beach.
36 M. Noli (Ristorante d'Italia, R. 2fr., Ristor. Almagen, with
bedrooms, both well spoken of), a little flshing town, charmingly
ensconced in a sheltered situation, once a free town under the pro-
tection of Genoa, has several ancient towers, the remains of the
town-walls, and a good beach. The small Romanesque basílica of
San Paragonio, near the' station, dates from the 13th century. —
Beautiful *View from the Capo di Noli, 3 M. to the S., on which
are a signal-station (Semáforo) and the Romanesque church oí Santa
Margherita, finely situated on the edge of the cliff.
The picturesque road from Noli viá Varigotti (see below) to (5]/2 M.)
Finale Marina intersects the limestone cliffs of the Capo di Noli by means
of a tunnel, 130 yds. in length (near the cave of Gurbusso, inhabited in
the middle ages, and some quarries).
387.2M. Varigotti (inn); path to the Semáforo (V/ihi.), see above.
41 M. Finale Marina (Albergo Garibaldi, R. 2 fr., very fair; Alb.
del Giardino) is a prettily situated little town, with large orange-
gardens and two sea-bathing establishments. The elabórate bar-
oque Church is by Bernini. The oíd Castle, above the Villa De Ray-
mondi, is now a prison. To the N., above Finale Pia, lies the village
of Verzi, with a Román bridge. To the W., beyond the mouth of
the Porra, is the precipitous promontory of Caprazoppa, which the
road pierces by a tunnel; and farther on are sand-dunes and large
43 M. Borgo Verezzi (Pens. Villa des Caroubiers, 472-6 fr.,
well spoken of). — 4572 M. Pietra Ligure has an interesting church
and a Tuined castle on an isolated rock.
47 M. Loano (Hót. Bellevue). To the right of the line is the
suppressed monastery of Monte Carmelo, erected by the Dorias in
1609. — 48 M. Borghetto Santo Spirito is the station for the village
of Toirano (omn. 4 times daily), 2 M. to the W., with the pilgrim-
age-chapel of Santa Lucia (fine stalactite caverns in the neigh-
bourhood). — Beyond (49 M.) Ceriále , with its market-gardens,
the mountains recede.
52 M. Albenga (Rail. Restaurant; Albergo Vittorio, d'Italia,
both Italian, and others; omn. to Alassio, see p. 98), the Albin-
gaunum of the Romans, in a wide plain on the Cenia, is the quaint-
est oíd town in the Riviera (4300 inhab.) and an episcopal see.
The oíd harbour has disappeared with the Tecession of the coast-
line. The oíd Town Walls are preserved, besides numerous Brick
Towers oí cháteaux of the oíd noblesse, including the leaning Torre
dei Griff. and the tower of the present Sottoprefettura, connected
by an arch with the campanile (Í38 ft. high) of the Gothic Cathe¬
dral. Behind the last is an early-Christian Baptistery (5th cent.).
Other interesting structures are the early Romanesque chapel of
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