THE SUBURB OF RIVA TRIGOSO

The old town centre does not complete the list of interesting places and monuments that you can find in Sestri Levante. Let's think, first of all, about the hamlet of Riva Trigoso, which, like many other Ligurian settlements, is twofold with an ancient inland part (Trigoso) and a more recent part built by the sea (Riva). In Trigoso an interesting monument is the fine church of Santa Sabina, already mentioned in documents starting from the 12th century and today showing 17th-century restyling; inside is an interesting series of wooden sculptures made between the 16th and the 18th centuries; on the outside stands out the beautiful riseu, the characteristic parvis made with a mosaic cobbles decoration, remade in 1998 by the parish community on the basis of 19th century pictures of the original parvis. Not far from the church we find Villa Fieschi, built in 1270 by Ottobono Fieschi, later Pope Hadrian V, and today heavily restyled. The villa represented one of the main and most antique signs of the presence of the Fieschi family in the Tigullio area, together with the basilica of Sant'Adriano, now destroyed, which was next to it and was completed even before the famous and still visible basilica of San Salvatore in Cogorno. The Fieschi family is only one of the Genoese aristocratic families present, with their sumptuous villas, in Sestri Levante. They settled in this town both as a resort, as shown by the numerous palaces that still today face the promenade by the sea, and to establish agricultural settlements, still echoed by the names of the inland hamlets. Some villas, mainly privately owned and therefore not visitable, still bear witness to the splendour of those times. The village, or better, the two villages of Riva, located respectively on the western and eastern side of the mouth of the river Petronio, still have the appearance of the traditional Ligurian village, with series of colourful low houses facing the wide beach, one of the few deep and wide beaches in this part of the Ligurian coast. The sea of Riva Brigoso has in store for us two enchanting sites: in the eastern part, called Renà, the characteristic rock known as Asseu; in the sea not far from the beach on the western part of Riva Ponente, at a depth of 11,5 mt. stands the Dolphin's Nativity, a group of sculptures made by Pietro Luigi Ravecca and placed here in 2002, on the initiative of the community of the parish church of Santa Sabina.