The beautiful town of Toirano is located in the hinterland of the Ligurian Riviera and is rich in monuments and churches. The structure of the historic center is typically medieval and includes the central street from which narrow alleys branch off. In the main street of the village you can admire the typical Ligurian houses and the characteristic old-fashioned shops. In the ancient part of the town, traces of the defensive walls and towers are visible, as well as medieval houses and loggias. Very impressive is also the bridge, with three squared stone arches, of the fourteenth century that crosses the Varatella.
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A precious attraction of the place is the Ethnographic Museum of Val Varatella, an unmissable event for anyone visiting Toirano. The property is located in the Palazzo dei conti D’Aste. Inside there are numerous sections where you can admire many objects and artifacts related to the ancient activities practiced in the area. Here you can find tools related to agriculture and crafts from western Liguria, as well as everyday objects dating back to the period from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century. This museum allows the visitor to relive the history of the Ligurian hinterland community in a fascinating journey through time. Within the municipal area there are also some places of an architectural and religious nature of considerable historical and artistic interest. An example is the rock sanctuary of Santa Lucia, located in the cave of the same name, or the Abbey of San Pietro in Varatella, closely linked to the territory. A visit to the spectacular Toirano Caves is a must, of course, characterized by a complex of karst cavities of considerable importance. The caves are located a short distance from the town center and have the cave of Santa Lucia and the one called the Bàsura cave (or “witch” in Italian). The latter is renowned for its extraordinary beauty, given the massive presence of visible concretions. The caves have numerous varieties of stalactites and stalagmites and are known for the discovery of traces of “Homo Sapiens Sapiens”. The caves are a real prehistoric settlement, as well as the largest cave bear cemetery in Europe.