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Comune di Dolcedo
Historical centre
Historical centre
Coat of arms of Dolcedo
Coat of arms
Dolcedo is located in Italy
Location of Dolcedo in Italy
Coordinates: 43°54′N 7°57′E / 43.900°N 7.950°E / 43.900; 7.950Coordinates: 43°54′N 7°57′E / 43.900°N 7.950°E / 43.900; 7.950
Country Italy
Region Liguria
Province Imperia (IM)
Frazioni Bellissimi, Castellazzo, Costa Carnara, Isolalunga, Lecchiore, Magliani, Monte Faudo, Ripalta, Santa Brigida, Trincheri
 • Mayor Marco Ascheri
 • Total 19.32 km2 (7.46 sq mi)
Elevation 75 m (246 ft)
Population (Dec. 2004)[1]
 • Total 1,246
 • Density 64/km2 (170/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Dolcedesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 18100
Dialing code 0183
Patron saint St. Thomas the Apostle
Saint day December 21
Website Official website

Dolcedo (Ligurian: Dôçeo, locally U Dusseu[2]) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Imperia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 100 kilometres (62 mi) southwest of Genoa and about 7 kilometres (4 mi) northwest of Imperia.

The communal seat, Piazza, is located in the lower valley of the Prino stream. The other main centers are Isolalunga, Costa Carnara, Bellissimi and Lecchiore. Dolcedo borders the following municipalities: Badalucco, Civezza, Imperia, Montalto Ligure, Pietrabruna, Prelà, Taggia, and Vasia.


The boroughs of Dolcedo appeared in the early Middle Ages, populated by refugees from the Ligurian coast. Later it was a fief of the Clavesana family. In the 12th century cultivation of olive became a mainstay of the area. In 1228 the Clavesana ceded their lands to the commune of Genoa.

Main sights

  • Parish church of St. Thomas, in Baroque style (1613).
  • Medieval church of Santa Maria di Castellazzo.
  • Sanctuary of Acquasanta.
  • Oratory of St. Lawrence, with two small bell towers.
  • Chapel of St. Brigida (15th century).

Demographic evolution

See also


  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. ^ Frisoni, Gaetano (1910–2002). Dizionario Genovese-Italiano e Italiano-Genovese (in Italian). Genova: Nuova Editrice Genovese. 

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