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Cervo, Liguria

Coordinates: 43°55′N 8°07′E / 43.917°N 8.117°E / 43.917; 8.117
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O Çervo
Comune di Cervo
The village of Cervo
The village of Cervo
Location of Cervo
Cervo is located in Italy
Location of Cervo in Italy
Cervo is located in Liguria
Cervo (Liguria)
Coordinates: 43°55′N 8°07′E / 43.917°N 8.117°E / 43.917; 8.117
ProvinceProvince of Imperia (IM)
 • Total3.39 km2 (1.31 sq mi)
66 m (217 ft)
 (31 May 2007)[2]
 • Total1,157
 • Density340/km2 (880/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0183
Patron saintSaint John the Baptist
Saint day24 June
WebsiteOfficial website

Cervo (Ligurian: O Çervo) is a small, ancient town and comune, built on top of a hill along the Italian Riviera in the province of Imperia. It has approximately 1,200 inhabitants. It is one of I Borghi più belli d'Italia ("The most beautiful villages of Italy").[3]


Inside the Ethnographic Museum of Western Liguria

The settlement began as a Roman 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 still protect 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 contain 18th-century frescoes.[4] The medieval Clavesana stronghold hosts the Ethnographic Museum of Western Liguria and the Palazzo Viale-Citati.

Inhabitants used to earn a living from coral fishing in the Corsican and Sardinian seas, in addition to growing olives and seafaring, but the modern economy of Cervo is 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 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[edit]

Cervo is twinned with:

In popular culture[edit]

Part of the 1993 German film Stalingrad was filmed in Cervo.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  3. ^ "Liguria" (in Italian). Retrieved 31 July 2023.
  4. ^ Whitehouse, Rosie (2016). Liguria (2nd ed.). Chalfont St Peter, UK: Bradt Travel Guides. p. 223. ISBN 978-1784770105.
  5. ^ "Stalingrad". Films American. Retrieved 13 December 2016. Errors in geography: At the beginning of the movie "Porto Cervo" is indicated as the location where the German army is located. But the city is clearly Cervo, in Liguria. Porto Cervo is in Sardinia.[permanent dead link]

External links[edit]

Media related to Cervo (Italy) at Wikimedia Commons