In the autumn of 1943 the Ligurian coast town of Recco suffers a series of devastating bombardments during World War II. Twenty-seven years before, always in Autumn, another touristic locality had suffered the same fate: Ponte di Legno, shelled by Austro-Hungarian cannons.
The two towns, one on the sea and the other deep in the mountains, recognize each other in the grief caused by the war’s destruction and the strength of will with which they strived to rebuild their houses. And so for more than fifty years (although the official sanctioning came only in 2003) every Winter the people of Ponte di Legno send a Christmas tree to display on the main square of Recco, while every Palm Sunday the townsfolk of Recco reply sending to Ponte di Legno the traditional woven palms of the Ligurian coast.
A little-known fact: the twinning influenced also the culinary arts, so much so that the typical cheese focaccia of Recco is now widespread among Ponte di Legno’s bakeries during the Eastern time.