Taggia, the fourth town of the province for population with 13,919 inhabitants. It includes the historic centre, the hamlets of Arma di Taggia and Levà which together double the population of that of the chief town. Its urban area extending to the nearby villages of Badalucco, Riva Ligure and Castellaro brings the population to 25,000 making it the fourth most populated area of the province of Imperia and the fifteenth of the region. It is about 16 km from the chief town of the province, Imperia.
The town is divided into two parts: Taggia, the historic centre, situated in the nearby hinterland in the Argentina valley, and Arma, a seaside resort. The two parts of the town are linked by the area called Levà( from the roman language meaning higher ground).
The township territory is vast, because it overlaps with the low valley where the Argentina stream meets that of the Oxentina and then down to the sea. This spacious area of hinterland is characterized by intensive farming -above all olive groves-on the hill belts and in the extended woods in the mountain area going up to Monte Faudo, the highest peak of the district with its 1149 metres.
In Arma di Taggia there is the museum of the convent of San Domenico
Also noteworthy is the Shrine of the Madonna of Miracles or the Basilica of Saints Giacomo and Filippo, 1675-1681,in the historic centre. The Temple rises from the site of the ancient late middle ages church of the XV century, from which several works of art were moved to the new Basilica in 1675. The relics of their fellow citizen, Saint Benedetto, are held inside the interior which is furnished by fourteen side chapels. Other important works of art by Luca e Giovanni Cambiasio, Francesco Brea, Bartolomeo Pincellotti, Giuseppe Massa, Domenico Guidobono are also preserved here. In 1855 a Mariana statue by the sculpture Salvatore Revelli and dedicated to Mary the Immaculate Heart is said to have moved its eyes: after regular proceedings of the matter a miracle was declared by the catholic church.
There are really many different sport structures ; have a look on the town hall website
There are many itineraries proposed by enthusiasts:
The Feast of San Benedetto Revelli: I Furgari, the second Saturday of February, large bonfires, firework displays and music and wine all liven up the squares and alleys. The first edition of this Feast was 12 February 1626: the tablesi (people from Taggia) of the historic centre celebrated Benedetto Revelli who they had trusted to save the town during the 30 years war. In the last week of February there is a great historic commemoration(with a procession and plays), among the most evocative of Liguria, which tells about the origin of the feast and some moments of life in the seventeenth-century
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