It is difficult now to imagine that the small village of Noli once rivalled Genoa, Pisa, Amalfi and Venice, but it’s true

You have to imagine you are in a distant epoch when on the shore great vessels arrived with white sails waving, appearing from behind the cliffs of Capo Noli.
From that deep and blue Ligurian sea rich in fish, knights, sailors, monks and pilgrims disembarked on a gulf protected from the wind and, after a long trip, walked on the beach of white pebbles.

Through the Porta di Piazza gate they entered a village looking out on the sea like a lady, with seventy towers, loggias, a castle and the buildings of the authorities. This medieval atmosphere is evoked every year in September with the Regata dei Rioni, which celebrates the conquest of independence by the Maritime Republic.