An old village where it is impossible to get bored, among cliffs, feasts and a long and fascinating series of underground caves

Surrounding walls, towers and old medieval houses amid strips of olive trees and vines, prehistoric caves and beautiful rock cliffs. The place is particularly well known for its caves, an underground series 1300 metres long that will allow you to know prehistoric men close up through the prints of hands and feet engraved on the walls.

To extra virgin olive oil is dedicated one of the sincerest feasts in the Western Riviera: the feast of gumbi, which are crushers in the local dialect. It brings families from all over Italy for an ideal twinning among the different lands of Italian oil. During the feast people gather in the wine cellars and in the crushers and share mutton stew, focaccia, vegetable ravioli and apple fritters, drinking a glass of Vermentino or Pigato.

The structure of the village is medieval: Toracco, the old district, is a succession of high houses, alleys and small shops. Then there is the arcaded portico of the old parish church, next to the seventeenth-century San Martino church and the 14th-century bell tower, the only extant tower of the surrounding walls, and a beautiful 12th-century stone bridge that crosses the stream. Well worth a visit is the Val Varatella Ethnographic Museum that keeps alive the memory of old activities and the men and women that practised them.

Toirano is an ideal base for those who love outdoor activities and want to take advantage of the many offers of Val Varatella, first of all the beautiful cliffs and the numerous rock towers where you can practise free climbing.