MUNICIPALITY OF SEBORGA
mt. 517 a.s.l.
Town hall, Via della Zecca 2 – Ph. 0184 223622
Tourist office, Via Maccario 2, – Ph. 0184 223859
The current name Seborga derives from the ancient name castrum de sepulchro meaning sepulchres’ area.
Resting in the shade, under an olive tree, or among the mimosas, heather and wild brooms that bloom in the hills of the west of Liguria: this is what you can do in Seborga, a Borgo which – for a short period in the seventeenth century – minted silver coins and had as its motto Sub umbra seat, meaning “to rest in the shade”. The monks of Lerins who were masters of Seborga invented this motto: perhaps in a pause between prayer and work, when from the top of the borgo their gaze was sweeping over the Maritime Alps, the Ligurian coast and the Côte d’ Azur up to the promontory of Esterel.
There are three religious monuments to see in Seborga. The first, at the entrance, is the small oratory of the XIII century dedicated to St. Bernard of Clairvaux, maybe connected with the Templar knights.
In piazza San Martino, the heart of the Borgo, there is the 17th century parish church of San Martino, with a Baroque façade with light colors (restored in 2006). Inside you can admire artworks about San Martino, the archangel Michael, Saint John the Baptist and a wooden statue of the Madonna with Child. Near the church there is the ancient residence of the monks called “the palace “, today it is a private dwelling but it still houses some remains of the ancient mint (XVII century).
The small street on the right will lead you to the prison built by the monks and to Piazza del Parlamento where judges decided their verdicts.
The Borgo preserves a medieval urban structure, characterized by narrow connected streets, two medieval gates, and three towers (part of the ancient fortress).
Seborga is famous for its flowers, especially broom and mimosa, but also for its excellent extra virgin olive oil, wine, and for its peculiar black tomatos.
Coniglio alla Seborghina (rabbit with aromatic spices) is the local traditional dish.