“Partito: il primo di verde, a cinque bande ondate d’argento, caricato di un castello al naturale, torricellato di uno, chiuso e finestrato di tre; il secondo d’azzurro, ad un ramo di rovo posto in palo, fiorito di cinque; il tutto abbassato al capo d’argento, ad una croce di rosso, caricata dell’iscrizione in caratteri d’oro Libertas. Ornamenti esteriori da Comune” (Descrizione araldica dello stemma)
As if untouched by the passage of time, Sesta Godano recalls, like many other villages, the splendours and hardship of pilgrims on their way to Genoa. Godano originated from the union of the two toponyms (Sesta and Godano). It is well known by the inhabitants of Ligurian Levante for its quality of piedmont agricultural area uniting Lunigiana, the Tuscan part of it, with Emilia. Another case of browning in full sunlight on the right bank of the Gottero stream, namesake of the mountain. Neighbouring villages of Sesta Godano are Airola, Antessio, Bergassana, Chiusola, Cornice, Groppo, Mangia, Oradoro, Orneto, Pignona, Rio, Santa Maria, Scogna and Vizzà. Nearby is Rio, a fortified village, characterised by massive vaults, tower houses and tall buildings forming a continuous wall structure.
Events and Place of Interest
The rural centres of Sesta Godano, with the value of a flowery bouquet of fortress villages, as well as being the seat of the “Comunità della Cipolla Dolce” (Community of the Sweet Onion), cherish their historical heritage. In this sense, the Church of Sesta, formerly the ancient parish church of Santa Maria Assunta, the Romanesque bridge over the Gottero stream, and the Via Vecchia, adorned with sandstone porticoes, are emblematic.
Accessible to the public are also the remains of the Godano Fortress, which between 1200 and 1300 fell, amidst fights and other vicissitudes, first under the authority of the Fieschi and then into the hands of the Malaspina. You can organise a visit to what was once the highest part of the fortress, housing the walls, with various internal structures, and a remnant of the tower.
“Sagra del Raviolo” (Raviolo Festival) in July. Featuring the Pro Loco of Sesta Godano and unforgettable moments between binges, ballroom dances and digestifs. What better place than the parks dedicated to Sandro Pertini for the Raduno Nazionale Fiume Vara (National Meeting of the Vara River) on the last weekend of October: it’s an event that finally brings together the “cream” of sporting activities, preferably water sports, and the passionate canoeists of the Val di Vara Valley.
“Sesta Godano Cavalli”, in September, with country music and horse races, fair and San Martino markets in November.