ABBEY OF PIONA AND THE "GOCCE IMPERIALI" LIQUOR
An oratory devoted to Saint Justina was built on the peninsula of Piona in 610 A.D and was consecrated in 1138. Next to it there are the ruins of another Romanesque building, of which only the apse remains standing today. In the 1960s it became an Abbey.
The trussed nave has marble lions and frescoes dating back to the 12th and 13th century.
It is also possible to enter the stunning cloister (1252-57) surrounded by refined columns and decorated with paintings from different periods including a rare calendar fresco.
The Gocce Imperiali liquor is the most famous product of the abbey of Piona. This liquor has an high percentual of alcohol and a yellow colour of saffron. The ingredients are: alcohol, water, herbs and saffron.