The village of Allerona lies nestled between beech, holm oak and juniper trees, rising on the top of a mountain that was used to survey the territory in centuries past so as to defend the land from possible enemy invasions. In this village, history is the star of this pretty little piece of urban poetry. The ruins of Lerona Feudal Castle, of which only the walls remain, Porta del Sole (the eastern gate) and Porta della Luna (western gate) all merit a visit. The oldest buildings look out over Piazza Santa Maria, the highest point of the town, where the castle used to stand and, on foot, we arrive to the little churches, the Church of Santa Maria della Stella and the Church of Madonna dell'Acqua, built on a pre-existing chapel close to a spring that was said to work miracles. And then there is the exquisite and charming landscape that guards the village. Here a visit to Villa Cahen is a must, with its Italian garden and Villalba Park, which is home to a wide array of biodiversity.