Massimino Travel Guide

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A village in the upper valley of the Tanaro, it is the smallest commune in Liguria, but one with a long history behind it as it was mentioned in a diploma of Otto I (967). It was transferred from the marchesi di Ceva to the Del Carretto of Finale after 1260. It came under Spanish rule in 1598 and in 1713 was acquired by Genoa owing to its strategic position controlling the Via dei Giovetti. On the hill of San Giuseppe stand the ruins of the castle and chapel of San Giuseppe, built in the fifteenth-century and subsequently converted into a theater. The main feature of the territory is its fine chestnut woods, the area’s principal economic resource in the past. The people of Massimino traditionally set great store by hospitality and this is celebrated with a festival staged in August.
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