Liguria

Liguria is a narrow strip of land along the Mediterranean Sea in Northern Italy. We have 3 places to go today.

LA CERVARA

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This Abbey was founded in 1361 by Benedictine Monks and built in 1364. This is the entry courtyard. It is now under private ownership and is used for weddings, conferences and as a hotel.

The views from La Cervara are amazing. From the yachts floating out in the Mediterranean Sea to the pots filled with Geraniums the views are spectacular.

The climbing roses are at their height of bloom now.

The 300 year old Wisteria was not in bloom but they had a large photo of it when it was. Views of the lawns and clipped box hedges. What an amazing garden!

HOSTARIA VECCHIA RAPALLO RESTAURANT

We went to the town called Rapallo for a cooking demonstration and class and then lunch.

Steps to making stuffed vegetables.

After finishing baking. This is what we had for lunch.

This is what good pesto sauce is supposed to look like.

VILLA BRICHERASIO BOTANICAL GARDEN

Outside the little town of Saluzzo this 4 acre garden is maintained by the owner by himself.

The lawns and pools are a perfect setting for the beautiful flowers.

It is hard to believe that one man who is 82 years old (He says he will be 83 next month) can take care of all of this.

Interesting Plants:

Lamb’s Ears (Stachys byzantina)

Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis fruticosa)

Peony

Beauty Bush (Kolkwitzia amabilis)

Russell Lupine (Lupinus)

Split-leaf Red Elderberry (Sambucus nigra ‘Laciniata’ cv. )

Golden Curls Willow (Salix ‘Golden Curls’)

Cobweb Houseleek (Sempervivum arachnoideum)

Gladiolus sp.

Wedding Cake Dogwood (Cornus controversa Variegata’)

Snow-in-Summer (Cerastium tomentosum)

Next: Turin

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