One of the four offices of the Regional Enoteca of Liguria is located in Ortovero , where you can taste and buy local wines (the whites Pigato and Vermentino and the reds Rossese and Ormeasco) and also the other wines produced in other areas of Liguria, both from east and west. Other fruits that this fortunate territory offers are peaches and fruit and vegetables , extra virgin olive oil and the magnificent flowers and plants grown outdoors and in greenhouses. The main village of Strà reveals its most original and suggestive character in the oldest part of the town, the one that rises right next to the Arroscia course, where you can fully breathe the atmosphere of the typical Ligurian villages characterized by narrow streets and houses leaning against each other.
Going up the valley, after only two kilometers, you reach Pogli , the most important hamlet of Ortovero, a fortified village founded by the city of Albenga in 1288 for defensive purposes, as an outpost blocking the entrance to the Arroscia Valley. Two towers are still clearly recognizable, while little remains of the ancient walls. Pogli gave birth in 1900 to Frate Ave Maria , Hermit of Divine Providence who was blinded by an accident as a boy, recognized by the church as Venerable. His birthplace is visible in Pogli, in the center of the village. During Holy Week, important rituals are concentrated that have entered the religious and folkloristic tradition of Ortovero, such as the blessing and distribution of bread on Holy Thursday and the Balzo Procession on Friday morning, followed in the evening by the procession with the dead Christ and the characteristic crucifixes. artistic. As already mentioned, Ortovero stands on particular sandy and clayey soils, rich in fossils dating back to the Pliocene, which take the name of Argille di Ortovero, and which can be admired above all in Rio Marassano, just beyond the Pozzo hamlet: from trails and paths, suitable for both trekking and mountain biking, it also sees the presence of a marsh turtle endemic to the area.