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SEBORGA (Italy)


Location - Western Europe; Capital - Seborga - Seborga; Italy - Rome; Population - Seborga - 360; Italy - 60 million; Currency - Luigino & the Euro ENCLAVES

From Lugano in Switzerland it was a train ride via Milan and Genoa followed by a midnight taxi from coastal Bordighera along a steep, winding road inland to the Principality of Seborga - April 2014.

Seborga's claims to independence stem from Giorgio Carbone's assertion (head of the local flower-growers cooperative) that the town wasn't mentioned in the Italian 1861 Act of Unification. The principality's website proclaims 'never annexed nor annexable by Italy'. In 1963 Giorgio was elected as the principality's first head of state, Prince Giorgio I. Following his death in 2009, Marcello Menegatto was elected Prince Marcello I in 2010 and, with his wife Nina, continue to assert independence. The 4.87km² principality has an armed force (of one?!), the Corpo della Guardia, and consular representation across the globe.

 

seborgamoney1The Luigino (SPL, only coins issued) is fixed to the dollar with a value of 1SPL = US$6.
Left to right are the
new 2.5SPL coin (displaying San Bernardo Chapel), the new 2SPL, the old 2SPL and new 1SPL coins. The latter three all display Seborga's coat of arms.

 

 

 

seborgamoney2On the reverse side are the coat of arms; Prince Giorgio I with Marcello I; Prince Giorgio I; and lastly Prince Marcello I

 

 

 

 

 

euroBut in reality everyone uses the Euro, the Luigino being more a tourist souvenir for suckers like me. And of course I lapped them up!
Stamps are also available but must be used with Italian ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seborga6The principality of Seborga, 10km inland from the Italian coastal resort of Bordighera

 

seborga3Also visible is Monaco and a great view of the French city of Nice on the Cote d'Azur - Seborga

 

seborga163The 'border', complete with sentry box and Seborgan flag - Seborga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seborga167The Seborgan flag is painted on the road - Seborga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seborga168Welcome to the Principality of Seborga!

 

seborga178From the border the steep winding road brings you to the hamlet of Fascia Piana - Seborga

 

seborga180There's also a walking trail up to the old town - Seborga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seborga157The path leading to the old town, with the spire of San Martino Church on the right - Seborga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seborga150On the left is the former home of the first prince of Seborga, Giorgio Carbone, who died in 2009 - Seborga

 

seborga17At the main entrance to the principality is the 13th century San Bernardo Chapel, dedicated to the co-patron saint of Seborga

 

seborga39San Martino Church and, right, the Monks' Palace in Piazza San Martino - Seborga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seborga45The brightly coloured frescoes on San Martino Church - Seborga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seborga40Piazza San Martino - Seborga

 

seborga44The Monks' Palace (Palazzo dei Monaci) on Piazza San Martino - Seborga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seborga43The Templar Cross in the centre of Piazza San Martino - Seborga.
In the 12th century the first Knights Templar (a Christian military order) were ordained. Seborga then became the first Sovereign State of the Cistercians

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seborga55Templar Knights add to the atmosphere in my room at the welcoming Antico Castello - Seborga

 

seborga57The narrow lanes of the historic centre - Seborga

 

seborga59Steps to Antico Castello B&B - Seborga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seborga105This is the outside view of Antico Castello. I don't know if it was in fact an ancient castle, as the name suggests, but it has that look about it - Seborga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seborga62The flag of Seborga in the old town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seborga63More Seborgan flags draped outside the historic buidlings in Seborga

 

seborga67There's several Templar Knights on show around the principality, this one being outside Marcellino's Restaurant - Seborga

 

seborga68I love these colours on Via Matteotti - Seborga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seborga70A Templar Knight stands guard in the old town - Seborga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seborga74The Town Hall of the Principality of Seborga

 

 

seborga77The old town is popular with day trippers from the region - Seborga

 

seborga78 The Musical Instrument Museum contains a wealth of antique gramaphones, record players, trumpets etc - Seborga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seborga82Seborga's coat of arms on a road sign - Seborga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seborga84A decorative entrance to a home in Seborga

 

seborga87There's a couple of grottoes in the old town - Seborga

 

seborga88Madonna di Alvenia grotto - Seborga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seborga96On the left is one of the original gateways to the old town - Seborga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seborga121Piazza della Liberta is the heart of the old town - Seborga

 

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On the Piazza is the official Seborga souvenir shop where you can buy postcards, tourist passports, flags, posters, the Luigini [but only the new coins not the Prince Giorgio I mint, which are sold by a 'rival'(?!) shop] - Seborga

 

seborga131And who should walk into the shop to chat with me but Princess Nina herself! Not just a princess but the Minister of Foreign Affairs no less.
Before I could ask for a photo she was off entertaining her guests. She's to the right of the fountain in the blue cardigan - Seborga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seborga127A colourful painting outside a Piazza shop - Seborga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seborga124Piazza della Liberta on Easter Sunday - Seborga

 

seborga92On the right is the Prince's Palace, though the Prince and Princess don't reside here any more (I think they live above Marcellino's Restaurant) - Seborga

 

seborga98The entrance to the old prison - Seborga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seborga109The outdoor dining area of Osteria del Coniglio - Seborga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seborga114The historic centre is very small and easy to wander around in a couple of hours - Seborga

 

seborga118Another gateway to the old town - Seborga

 

seborga119More images of the Templar Knights in the historic centre - Seborga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seborga28Umberto I, King of Italy in the late 19th century - Seborga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seborga34Il Principe Pizzeria on Piazza Martiri Patrioti. It's quite impressive that a village of 360 can support four restaurants. The lane on the left leads to the old town - Seborga

 

seborga37Trattoria San Bernardo is also decorated with Templar Knights - Seborga

 

seborga35aEnjoying local cocktail Bicycletta (Campari and sparkling wine) as created by Trattoria San Bernardo - Seborga

 

seborga31There's a second sentry box on the edge of Piazza Martiri Patrioti - Seborga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seborga30A 1954 monument to the former mayor of Seborga, Bernardo Leone - Seborga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On the left is a monument to Seborgans who died in World Wars I and II. On the right is a dedication to the WWII fallen on the Russian front - Seborga

 

seborga136Il Principe Pizzeria (left) overlooks a valley to the north - Seborga

 

seborga138Straight ahead on the coast is the Italian coastal resort of Bordighera - Seborga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seborga139Looking towards Nice and the Cote d'Azur - Seborga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seborga140The lights of the Italian town of Vallebona along with Ventimiglia, Menton, Monaco, Nice and the Cote d'Azur - Seborga

 

seborga141It's not just the Templar Knights standing guard - Seborga

 

seborga146One last look at the lanes of the old town - Seborga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seborga175The view on the road down to Bordighera, with Nice in the distance. In the foreground is Vallebona - Seborga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LINKS

www.bbanticocastello.it - Antico Castello bed & breakfast

http://en.wikipedia.org - Wikipedia entry

www.oraribus.com - buses to Seborga

http://micronations.wikia.com - Guide to micronations

http://principalityofseborga.org

www.principatodiseborga.com

http://seborgatimes.blogspot.co.uk

http://terry-uniqueplaces.blogspot.co.uk - unique places

 

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