They say the Romans built a little village on the shores of the creek Nervia, and called it Dulcius. Or maybe the village was built by the Celts, and for the same reason was called Dussaga. What is certain is that this town is steeped in history, so much so that you can feel it in the air, wherever you look and wherever you wander.
The Ponte Vecchio, or Old Bridge, is a Roman 14th century bridge. Highly arched, it was made of just one slab of rock, in the shape of a donkey’s back, and emerges over 33 m over the calm and placid waters of Nervia. It is a uniquely beautiful yet fragile, so much so that the painter Claude Monet described it as a “light jewel” and made it the subject of 4 paintings.
The castle of Doria, built in the 12th century, was little more than a tower and looms over the village high on the mountain of Rebuffao. No matter where you are, look up and there it is, standing out almost unconquerable in all of the Nervia Valley. To reach it, one must traverse narrow passageways or caruggi, as we call them in Liguria, which, with every step, will bring you closer to the Middle Ages.
This village is known to the world as Dolceacqua, but to the Ligurians it is known as Dôsaiga. To those of us who have lived in Dolceacqua for generations, it is Dussaiga. Here, in Dussaiga at our vacations homes, in our rooms, we are certain that you will find the perfect vacation.