The city of Imperia was formed in 1923 from the union of eleven towns; the main two were Oneglia and Porto Maurizio.
Oneglia is the biggest and most important part of the city, overall from the industrial point of view. The visit of this zone starts from the Pieve di Santa Maria Maggiore, last token of the ancient nucleus of the village. In the historical center there is the Church of San Giovanni Battista, built in 1742. In the residential area there are different prestigious constructions.
Porto Maurizio is situated on a cape; it has a more touristic vocation.
It is tangled and colourful, with many "caruggi" ( the small historical roads) and beautiful palaces. The visit of Porto Maurizio starts from the medieval quarter, called Parasio, that has buildings of different ages: Pagliari palace, Lavagna Palace, the church of San Leonardo.
Noteworthy are also the porch of the convent of Santa Chiara (1365), from where an evocative panorama can be enjoyed. The Cathedral of San Maurizio, built in 1781 is the largest church of the region.
In the two towns that composes the city, we still find the signs of a past that has seen two independent localities: two civic palaces, two main churches, two ports, two stations and three patrons!
Worthy of a visit, in Oneglia, is the Museo dell'Olivo (Museum of Olive tree), an unique museum, that gathers objects, tools and documents, that testify the importance of this economy in Liguria.