The Dante walk is one of the countless paths that you can find in Il Golfo dell'Isola.
Today we will tell you the story of Dante's walk and the most beautiful viewpoints that you can find along the way.
Where does the name come from?
In 1306 Dante Alighieri, an exile on his way to France, traveled the mule track that winds on the heights of the Gulf of the Island and was able to see on the coast the inhabited area of what, in those times, was a powerful maritime republic.
At that time Noli bordered to the East with the Municipality of Savona and to the West with the Marquisate of Finale.
Dante mentions Noli in the fourth canto of Purgatory: "Vassi in San Leo and descended in Noli".
And this is where Dante's promenade gets its name from.
Below we will show you some of the most strategic points that you will find along the way:
- the Hermitage of the Captain of Albertis
- the Grotta dei Falsari
- the Tower of the Witches
- the Bric dei Crovi
The Hermitage of the Captain of Albertis
A place of wild solitude, born to be the summer paradise of Captain Enrico Alberto d'Albertis. Captain D'Albertis was a tireless sailor, explorer, philanthropist, speleologist, writer, and photographer.
He wanted to create a small wooden and stone chalet on the heights of Capo Noli, whose interior was to recall the interior of his boats. Outside, however, in front of the house, he created a large botanical garden with exotic plants from his travels around the world.
The cave of the counterfeiters
A window on the sea carved into the rock. It is said that it was the headquarters of the smugglers who in the past kept their goods there. We are sure it will leave you breathless!
The Tower of the Witches
The Torre delle Streghe was erected in 1582 as a watchtower to stem the encroachments of Varigotti, belonging to the Marquisate of Finale, in the territories of Noli, faithful to Genoa. From here you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the coast and on the panoramic road of Capo Noli.
The Bric dei Crovi
Following the path you will arrive on the crest of the Bric dei Crovi. Climbing to the top, at an altitude of 384 m, you will have an extensive panorama of the Ligurian coast.