The village of Prela Castello

Prelá Castello (Prelà Castellu in ligure) is part of the municipality of Vasia, it is an idyllic, protected place; It is home to the ruins of a XII-century castle in the midst of extensive olive groves. The village has a solid eventful history. In the Middle Ages, the rulers who controlled the whole valley Prino lived in Prelà castle. The village houses are part of the same period of the castle itself, or were built with stones taken from it.

The Renaissance church with its baroque facade reflects the glory of the past and the richness of the place. Today, only 15 people still live in Prelà, kind and helpful people.

The only road through the village is rarely used and results in a sunny square. Here, once or twice a year, it is organizing a festival called "Ribotta in Ciassa". On this occasion the inhabitants cook and eat all night with friends, relatives and guests.



Things to see

Castle of Pietralata

Castle of Pietralata

Built on a hill overlooking the valley of the Prino stream, the castle Petralata versa today in rather negative terms; the structure is realized fairly massive, with a turreted tower above the town, surrounded by a circle of walls resting on a mighty rocky outcrop. Unfortunately, the entire body of the building is so eroded by the collapse suffered centuries of neglect to make difficult an analytical reading of the original form of the whole. The downstream side of the walls is adjacent to homes, while upstream the walls are literally drowned in a sea of olive trees, as to be almost unapproachable.

  • Prela Castello