Colla Micheri Medieval Village

Colla Micheri Medieval Village, Laigueglia: Address, Colla Micheri Medieval Village Reviews: 4.5/5

Colla Micheri Medieval Village

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grahamthemagseller
Northwich, UK79 contributions
go back several centuries
Sep. 2018 • Couples
Was it worth the long and often steep climb to get here? Oh yes it was.
Although the houses are now occupied, it did not diminish the sense of history we got
from walking around. The Osteria opened just a few minutes after we arrived and the cold beer was very welcome. Apart from the bar itself, the interior is very much the same as it would have been, all those years ago. Sat by the millstone, there really was a sense of being transported back in time.
The other properties, although clearly having had some attention, were still totally in keeping with the location, only the new doors giving away.the modern-day inhabitants.
Sit down for a minute in the square, close your eyes and you are transported back in time..
Going back to the ascent, we were fortunate to start talking with an Italian family, children, parents and grandparents from Milan or Turin, I can't remember now and
we encouraged each other all the way up the ascent. ( if you happen to be reading this, we would love to get in touch ). The next time we visit, we'll seriously consider a taxi to get us there and definitely a taxi to take us down. Ladies do not wear open toed sandals as it'll kill your feet on the way down.
In summary, a wonderful experience and one that will get you searching the internet for more info when you get home.
Written 11 October 2018
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Stephen D
Liverpool, UK274 contributions
Great Views
May 2018 • Couples
We were staying in Laigueglia and decided to walk up to Colla Micheri. It is quite a steep walk along quiet roads mainly. It look us about 30 minutes. There is some signposting although there are gaps. Keep going up around a series of bends and you will come to a signpost after a steep section near some villas with a pictorial representation of a donkey cart pointed to the village. The views over the coast are stunning and the restored village worth exploring.
Written 4 June 2018
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Lúcia A
16 contributions
Amazinig
May 2018 • Friends
This is a very beautiful place to stroll if you are visiting Laigueglia. if you are walking are a 20 minute walk inclined, but it is worth it when you arrive and the view is beautiful.
Written 28 May 2018
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DRS69
Colorado199 contributions
Stunning village with views to match
Nov. 2017 • Solo
Lovingly restored by Thor Heyerdahl and family over a sixty year period, Colla Micheri is a hidden gem. Walk in this tiny village and get an idea of Italian life in the middle ages. Hike to the top of the hill, and explore a Roman watch tower! The view from here is amazing in all directions. Well worth a visit. There is a seasonal restaurant in the village.
Written 12 November 2017
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anvas
Switzerland822 contributions
A must to visit
Mar. 2016 • Solo
Fantastic place. Beautiful old village with a most striking twin tower cathedral. Beautiful sand beach.
Written 29 March 2016
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Stephane R
12 contributions
Lovely village with great views
Aug. 2015 • Family
We come to laigueglia for many years and every year we make the climb on foot to colla michieri. It is quite a steep walk but I think it is worth it every time. We have a drink in the bar and relax for a moment. If the church isnopen we visit this as well. There are many routes to climb the mountain. You can do it with small children on food or by bike using the main road or over one of the many small trails leading up.
Written 21 August 2015
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Travellingisagift
Oslo, Norway1,783 contributions
Get ready for an adventurous uphill walk to Colla Micheri
Mar. 2015 • Couples
With the reviews of others, I have included this little village in our itinerary while we were staying for a few days in Alassio. The reason which attracted me is that Thor Heyerdahl lived here and found this place peaceful and beautiful. As big fans of his and his wonderful achievements in life, it was a must for us to visit this place.

From what I checked on google map, we walked along the promenade from Laugeglia til we saw the sign Punta Tacuara on the other side of the street. From the sign post Punta Tacuara, we walked up the hill. There was a sign showing where Colla Micheri which gave us hope that we are on the right path. However after we saw the map showing we just reached nr. 3 of the 5 landmarks leading to Colli Micheri, there were no more signs. We saw a dirt road but we were skeptic to go that direction. We were lost. There were no people to ask for directions. Apartments were uninhabited. Fortunately, a police car was patrolling the area and I stopped them to ask for the way to Colla Micheri. The police told us that we have to go back to the town and look for Hotel Tritone. The road at the corner of Hotel Tritone is the road that would lead us to Colla Micheri. So we went down the hill and I almost jogged on the way down as my toes were pushed to the edge of my rubber shoes and was hurting from the downhill. That is how hilly it was but not as difficult as the walk we did between Vernazza and Monterosso.

Anyway after much walking, we did find Hotel Tritone at last. From the promenade, there would be 2 roads, one going to the left and one going further on along the promenade. Choose the left road as that is the continuartion of via Aurelia. You will see a garage on your right, walk further till you see the sign of Hotel Tritone which is at the corner of via Monaco. We walked on via Monaco and around the bend, there were 2 roads to choose from. Choose the one on your left, that is via Monaco. Go up the hill on via Monaco. Be prepared. Wear your most comfortable shoes. We finally reached Colla Micheri. We only met 4 people in the village. The bar at the entrance of the village was closed at this time of the year (Easter time). We walked a little bit up in the forest til we saw a tower which I think is the water reservoir on this village. Beautiful scenery on the other side from the village standpoint. It points towards the mountain. The village itself was beautiful but found it a bit eerie. We met a lady who told us that it is the big yellow house where Thor Heyerdahl once lived. Upon his last will, he wished to be buried here.

Beautiful view of Laigueglia, Alassio and the Gallinara island on the way up to Colla Micheri. We were exhausted on our way back to town. We did two walks up the hill but we were really determined to visit Colla Micheri which we find interesting enough since Thor Heyerdahl even decided to live here. It was our own expedition although I think Thor Heyerdahl would find it hilarious to be called an expedition. There is a narrow road there that we had to pressed our bodies on the bushes when an ordinary sized van drove to deliver something in the village. I would not recommend walking up here in the night unless you wear a reflector so cars could see you.
Written 6 April 2015
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marija z
32 contributions
Nice walk, nice little village
Jul. 2014 • Family
I was looking for something to do in Laigueglia that was not lying on the beach. Thanks to this post on tripadvisor I find out that all around Laigueglia (and Andorra...Alassio) there are many hiking and mountain biking trails in the hills so I went exploring.

The walking route to Colla Micheri is short, simple and panoramic. The village is charming and paceful, definitly worth the trip. There is a single bar/restaurant.
Written 16 July 2014
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Bruce B
6 contributions
Incredible
Jun. 2013 • Couples
Colla Micheri is one of the most charming places I have visited along the Cote d'Azure. It has a tiny square with a tiny church, and little walkable pathways. The original structures are very, very old, but everything has been mindfully retrofitted, to make for a very comfortable stay. There are several paths leading to nearby villages, and it is a very short distance from the beaches of Laigueglia.
Written 31 May 2014
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Paul W
St Albans, UK16 contributions
An idyllic village
Jun. 2013 • Family
This unspoilt hamlet boasts a small church, a bar, and idyllic alleyways amid stone-built houses, home of the famous explorer Thor Heyerdahl who did much to preserve it from ruin.
Written 30 July 2013
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