PIAZZA MOTTINO AND THE PISAN VILLAGE
This little square was named after a family of men of letters, prelates and admirals in charge of the papal fleet. Back in those days, the sea came up to this point, and recently the area was filled with diggings from the “Tagliata”, the road leading to Maralunga, a place on the hills of Lerici. One corner of the square leads to the so-called “Pisan village” – the oldest part of the town. This name was given by the Pisans in 1241. What remains of this ancient village is a tower with a gate leading to the “carobio d’en fondo” (from the Latin “quadrivium”, “carobio” is a typical little Ligurian road). In order to conquer Lerici, Genoa had to destroy part of the walls, which were rebuilt afterwards – this is the reason why Lerici was known as “the village of the seven towers”.
In this square springals and cannons were casted and then loaded onto brigs sailing to Corsica. The Germans destroyed part of this village and in 1944 they built another square along the wharf.
Just departing from Piazza Mottino, it is possible to lose yourself, pleasantly, in the alleys of the most medieval Lerici: from there you can climb and reach the summit of the promontory and, therefore, the Castle of Lerici.
One of these road is “via del Ghetto”, so calles because in past it entertained the Jewish ghetto, contained among two railings disappeared today. A headstone to the entry of the slope remembers the history of it, tied up to the transfer of Jewish sefarditi that reached Lerici in the XVI century to be employed in activity as the founding, the workmanship of the fabrics and the trades. Numerous last names still testify today a Jewish origin, although has happened, during the centuries, a progressive integration with the local population. After the recovery of a Torah, placed in the walls of the house to the civic n. 1 of the street, are hypothesized that here the synagogue was found.