Let’s think about Sanremo, but not in the usual way. Let’s think of Sanremo and of its historical centre, rich with artistic and monumental treasure. One can head from the flat to Pigna along a number of routes; all help you get to know this fascinating quarter where the original inhabitants of Sanremo settled near the ancient Roman structures and the college of San Siro. Traces of medieval life, the defences against the Barbary pirates, popular devotion in the small churches, the cultivation of fruit and olives: for all of these activities space  is set aside within the living area of Pigna which so fascinated Italo Calvino. We can first visit the ancient parish area. San Siro, a religious site which has late medieval origins: a square with four churches. Today there is no longer the oratory of San Germano, a Baroque jewel which was demolished following the Second World War. The Immacolata Concezione does remain with its rich interior direction as do the Battistero and the recently restored medieval Case Canoniche. And San Siro. A large church, which retains its 12th century appearance following the removal of the Baroque decorations which dated from the 19th and 20th centuries. Beware, however: the historic entrance is false and was commissioned by the restorer of the church, Eng. Antonio Capponi. The medieval wall still stands and was the work of the “magistri antelami” originally from Lombardia. Something does remain of the Baroque period and it is the large crucifix on the altar, a work by Anton Maria Maragliano. We can sense a rare spirituality which filters through the bare stones and the humble decorations.