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The town of Imperia, born in 1923, (sister city: Newport, USA and Rosario, Argentina) is the result of the union between the towns of Oneglia and Porto Maurizio and other little towns in the inland. It's the provincial capital of the Province and it is located in the heart of the Riviera dei Fiori, on the Ligurian sea, 40 km from the border with France and 100 km from Genoa. The population is about 40.000 and its territory is extended for 33 square miles. Due to its location, the commercial exchanges with the near Piemonte and France has been an advantage through the years. It's very easy to arrive to Imperia from the two exits of the Autostrada dei Fiori (motorway A 10).
The very mild climate is ideal for growing olive trees in the immediate inland, from these trees come the very well known olive oil which has made Imperia famous all over the world. In fact the olive oil is Imperia's principal product together with pasta and beautiful flowers cultivated in warm houses (such as roses, carnations etc.). The town of Imperia has also a modern harbour for tourists which can host about 600 boats, near by there is also a parking lot for campers.
Imperia has many boroughs, some of them are very colourful and fascinating. The one that is located highest is called Parasio, from where you can admire San Maurizio Basilica (which is the most extended church in Liguria) and the Santa Chiara Loggias, beside a very fascinating panorama. Other boroughs face the sea and still conserve the charm of the antique marine sites such as: la Marina, il Prino, la Foce and i Peri.
Imperia is a very quiet and peaceful town, the ideal place to spend a holiday in relax.