There’s a small village inland that takes about 50 minutes by train that is worth exploring – It’s called Campo Ligure. I recently learned about this little gem while visiting the food fair in Porto Antico, Genova. There were also many booths selling local products such as soap, oil and jewelry.
The jeweler was a young guy specializing in a local art form called “Filigrana”. I’d seen this type of stuff before but never knew much about it. It turns out that this is a local art of Campo Ligure and there is even a museum (Museo della Filigrana) filled with interesting pieces from all over the world.
What I like about filigrana is that it is intricate, unique, traditional and handmade. Unfortunately it seems that like many hand-made goods, the art form is no longer appreciated as it should be and the tradition is slowly fading into a distant memory of the past.
I decided to go to the family shop and also explore Campo Ligure. At 10 a.m. my friend and I arrived by train to the crisp, cool morning air. The forecast was 30 but it was only 13 when we stepped onto the train platform. But a brisk 5 minute walk and we were already sipping cappuccino and chatting with locals in the main piazza.
We bought more filigrana and explored the museum. As we planned our next move we were approached by a local named Giuseppe who offered us a tour of the village castle and also a secret garden. The garden was so unique it warrants a separate post because we also met the artist, so stay tuned for a more detailed post of this Campo Ligure discovery.
It was Sunday and we ate lunch at the local restaurant “Vigo’s” (perhaps the only one open) and the food was delicious. We even got a bit giddy from the local wine. All in all, this was an adventurous day as we continued on our way aboard another train towards Rossiglione for the Chestnut Fair. Stay tuned for further posts and pics on this great Sunday adventure…