“Inquartato: al primo di Genova, che è di argento alla croce di rosso; al secondo e terzo d’argento, alla torre di azzurro, merlata alla guelfa di quattro pezzi, fondata sulla pianura di verde declinante a sbarra; al quarto d’oro, all’aquila in nero, rivoltata. Lo scudo sarà cimato da un cerchio di muro d’oro, sormontato da otto merli uniti da muriccioli, il tutto d’argento.” (Descrizione araldica dello stemma)
We reach Carro, another typically medieval village, an ideal place for campers. Attracted by the scent of embers, we discover the tastiness of a cuisine based on pasture breeding – herbs, chanterelles and porcini are guaranteed all year round. Woods and mountain cottages surround the satellite villages of Castello, Ponte Santa Margherita and Ziona, the municipality is further divided into four historic hamlets, Agnola, Cerreta, Pavareto and Pera.
Events and Place of Interest
The main religious building in Carro is the Church of San Lorenzo, in Baroque style and right in the middle of an equally royal historic centre. It dates back to around the 15th century and was built on an old chapel dedicated to St. Catherine. Inside, it houses the so-called Madonna del Carmine, a painting attributed to Domenico Piola, and a canvas of San Lorenzo by Flemish painter Giuseppe Dorffmeister.
A few kilometres further on, a quick stop in Cerreta di Carro for a picnic at the homonymous sanctuary. Unmissable visits are the “Museo Mineralogico”, which houses a multitude of finds discovered in the countryside, and the house of Giovanni Battista Paganini, paternal grandfather of the famous violinist Nicolò Paganini.
The San Lorenzo Fair, with its stalls of handicrafts and organic products, takes place in August. In Ziona, around July, the “Sagra dei Testaroli” (Testaroli Festival), with side dishes consisting of local culinary specialities that can be defined as guilty pleasures.