Lingueglietta (known as 'Vingöia' in the local dialect) is a hamlet belonging to the municipality of Cipressa and is one of the most charming and characteristic villages in the western Ligurian countryside.
Its name may refer to the characteristic elongated shape of the first urban settlement or to the abundance of vines, which emerge amidst the undulating expanses of olive trees and the scents of the Mediterranean scrub. Listed as one of the "most beautiful villages in Italy", Lingueglietta is home to a number of contemporary works of art, including the 'Tra i Mondi' bronze sculptures.
Cosa vedere a Lingueglietta
Parish Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary:
The Parish Church is a real artistic and devotional treasure trove, including Baroque canvases, stuccoes and frescoes, and should not be missed (visits by appointment, for information contact the Cipressa Town Council).
Fortress-Church of St Peter
Situated at the far edge of the medieval districts of Terruzzo and Villa, close to an ancient mule track that led down the valley to the friendly village of western San Lorenzo, the St Peter's Church is a little gem of 13th-century architecture in western Liguria (it can be visited by appointment, for information contact the Cipressa Town Council).
Oratory of the Brotherhood of the Holy Annunciation
The present Oratory dates back to the mid-seventeenth century and contains an interesting collection of liturgical vestments, marbles and eighteenth-century stuccoes, recalling the splendour of the Brotherhood that used to live there (open by appointment, for information contact the Cipressa Town Council).
Suburban Oratory of San Rocco
With its simple design, this Oratory was built at the end of the 16th century or, at the latest, the beginning of the 17th century (it can be visited by appointment, for information contact the Cipressa Town Council).
Lengueglia Castle Ruins
At the top of the small rocky promontory overlooking the Parish Church and the adjacent Brotherhood Oratory, you can still see some small remnants of the foundations of what was, throughout the Middle Ages and the modern age, the Domini di Linguilia (or Vinguilia) castle.
The 'Tra i Mondi' Contemporary Art and Sculpture Park
This is a magnificent theme park made up of enormous bronze sculptures and contemporary art created and expanded by the famous German artist, Carin Grudda, since 2001.
Like a small island set amidst the ancient Ligurian terraces, the space designed by Carin Grudda, the "Lady of games and thresholds", lies on the boundary between two worlds that meet and interact (visits by appointment, for info call 0183 91242).