Noli is a small and charming medieval village in Liguria, located about 50 km from Genoa.
The picturesque town, beside numerous private beach and a free beach, has many interesting things to visit, such as the remains of ancient towers, a castle and Romanesque churches.
I was born in October and in June I was already swimming in this sea, I learned to swim in Noli first and then learned to walk. I spent holidays on these beaches with my grandparents until I was fourteen years old, so I have great memories and images of this place in my mind.
During a weekend I happily discovered once again this beautiful place and luckily I was ready with my new Canon to take pictures.
It was just after a storm, the light and colors of the pictures are amazing. But in addition to the photographs I’m going to tell you now something about Noli.
Photo gallery: Noli and its colors
In the sixth and seventh century the town was residence of an important religious community evidenced by a baptistery in the area of the church of San Paragorio.
Noli in 1097 A.D. took part in the first crusade that made gain political advantage and trade. In 1192 A.D. the town reached full municipal autonomy as “Republic of Noli” that maintained until 1797.
The expansion of the “Republic of Noli” lasted until the end of the fourteenth century when the small harbor, which offered shelter and stability throughout the Middle Ages, it turned out inadequate for the important trades of the time, leading to an isolation Noli, sailors soon turned into simple fishermen. Throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries Noli and his small “Republic” knew political difficulties, internal and external. The Napoleonic war of 1797, finally put an end to Noli’s sovereignty.
With the French domination the territory of Noli turned from 2 December 1797 in the “Department of Letimbro” with capital Savona, incorporating the former “Republic of Noli” in the “Ligurian Republic”.
In 1815 Noli was incorporated into the Kingdom of Sardinia, as established the Congress of Vienna in 1814; and later in the Kingdom of Italy.
Today Noli is a fishing village on the Ligurian Sea, a charming town that attracts tourists and travelers.