Craftsmanship and joys for the palate: a Ligurian “village” in the green oasis of Valle Stura

In 1884, a craftsman, Antonio Oliveri, opened a workshop for processing filigree in his native Campo Ligure. His example was followed by other artisans and very soon the workshops numbered no fewer than thirty-three. To relive the history and the secrets of this art of Arabic origin, you have to visit the Pietro Carlo Bosio Filigree Museum, where around two hundred pieces are displayed. The objects in the museum are set out and grouped according to their geographical provenance: Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. The collection thus makes it possible to identify the differences between the various craft schools with particular attention to those of Italian filigree artists (whose protagonists are cities like Genoa, Venice and Florence), and Russian, Nepalese, Indian and Chinese ones.

If the shops and the museum are worth a visit, also have a look around. Campo Ligure is a well-kept rural village, surmounted by a big Castle in whose park in summer concerts are held. It is at the centre of Valle Stura, which not by chance is called the Valley of Milk: cows and horses grazing, and clean and efficient farms, welcome holidaymakers and gourmets. For those who want to make controlled-origin-denomination purchases we recommend the Consortium of the Valley Cooperative, a true showcase of natural products. In this way you can organize a sumptuous picnic. Starting from Campo Ligure and precisely from the cooperative Paviglione pasture: a velvety green mantle that looks out on Valle Stura from a height of 800 metres. From Rossiglione there is a double-ring itinerary that goes through the Berlino and Gargassa valleys.