Named Reale (Royal) to illustrate the relationship of territory in Savoy. It is one of seven hamlets of Borgomaro, in the province of Imperia, and lies at the mouth of the valley of Maro, where the creek Reale flows into the stream Impero. It was the crossroad of several mule tracks, that climb the ridges and trace the valley, which connect with Piedmont and communicate with San Lazzaro and the other neighbouring cities. Over the stream Impero, a well-preserved Romanesque bridge with two archways creates an evocative panoramic corner and it is the source of a mule track that connects the village to Lucinasco; well maintained is also the Parish Church which dates back to the XVI century. The village's economy is based on agriculture, especially oil production and is famous for its gastronomic specialties: eels.
San Lazzaro Reale shared the same historical events of the other towns of the valley of the river Maro: in the XVI century it belonged to the Savoy who took advantage of the strategic location at the junction on the roads of communication between the valley. At first it was inserted in the Kingdom of Sardinia and later in the Kingdom of Italy.
Not to miss:
The old Romanesque bridge over the river Impero. Dating from the XV century, is formed by two arches, and is still in good condition.
The Parish Church of XVII, which preserves inside a triptych depicting the Madonna and Child of the artist Guido da Ranzo.