To get here, leave the A10 motorway at Borghetto S.Spirito (next exit east of Albenga) and follow the signs for Toirano (3 km).

Toirano is a village with a small but interesting centro storico in which there is a well kept museum that is worth a visit. Nearby there are some grottos that are a popular attraction.

Rosa dei Venti (via G.Polla 42) Tel 0182-98574
(7) This is near the car park at the south end of the town. There is a tiny room inside that accommodates about 20 diners, and a sunny terrace outside for use in the summer. There is a restricted but interesting menu of meat and fish dishes, and a more extensive pizza menu. The service is very warm and the dishes, though appearing simple, are excellently prepared and presented. The home made desserts are also very good – try the 'seadas'. A good experience at a reasonable price. <tooc, November 2008>