|Comune di Cervo|
The village of Cervo
|Province / Metropolitan city||Province of Imperia (IM)|
|• Total||3.39 km2 (1.31 sq mi)|
|Elevation||66 m (217 ft)|
|Population (31 May 2007)|
|• Density||340/km2 (880/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||Saint John the Baptist|
|Saint day||24 June|
Originally, it was, in Roman times, a mansion along the Via Julia Augusta. Slowly expanding, it became, in medieval times, a fief of the Clavesana marquis, who was a subject of the Republic of Genoa, to which Cervo had always been faithful. The present character of Cervo dates from these times: 16th-century towers and ramparts are still protecting the village.
One of its main attractions is the fine baroque church of St. John the Baptist, overlooking the sea. The Romanesque "Oratorio di Santa Caterina" contains semi-perished 16th century frescoes. The medieval Clavesana stronghold hosts the remarkable Ethnographic Museum of Western Liguria and the Palazzo Viale-Citati.
People used to earn their living as coral fishermen in the Corsican and Sardinian seas, in addition to being olive growers and seafarers. But the economy of Cervo is nowadays based on tourism and agriculture.
Cervo's connections with classical music date from to 1964, when the International Chamber Music Festival of Cervo was established by the famous Hungarian violinist Sandor Vegh. The event has been held every summer ever since. Music master classes - Accademia di Cervo - are held in September, and a guitar academy is held in June.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Cervo is twinned with:
- Cervo, Lugo, Spain (2008)
In popular culture
The 1993 German film Stalingrad partly takes place in Cervo.
- All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
Media related to Cervo at Wikimedia Commons