The chief of the Italian riviera, an elegant and once regal town of art neuvou architecture with its bustling harbour filled with excellent restaurants and cafes
Not far from the French border, lies the glamorous resort town of San Remo, Italy's answer to Monto Carlo. Here you will find a casino, elegant villas and tru Italian Riviera style grandeur. Behind the glamorous façade lies a charming Medieval old town, town fort and winding atmospheric lanes. The town is fondly known as 'the city of flowers' being home to several large botanical gardens, one of Europe's largest flower markets as well as hosting an annual flower festival in the last Sunday of March.
What to do
A must see for many visitors to the area, is san Remo's impressive casino and theatre. One of only four in Italy and dating from 1905 it offers a slice of yesteryear glamour. Inside you will find over 400 slot machines as well as black jack and roulette. It is also home to an impressive theatre, home of the San Remo symphony orchestra, from where they perform over 100 shows per year.
Set back from the promenade, next to the casino lies the striking Russian Orthodox Church (San Basilio) This impressive building, built in 1906 for the wife of the tsar Alexander II, offers onion domed spires and a heavenly interior.
Head out of the main town to San Remo's atmospheric old town, La Pigna. Climbing up to the hilltop you will find a maze of winding cobbled lanes leading to a shady terrace offering fine views over town. Discover local history in the Museo Civico. Housed in a 15th century palazzo, this interesting museum displays local prehistoric and Roman archaeological finds as well as paintings and temporary exhibitions.
Where to eat
For relaxed elegant dining Glam Restaurant SanRemo Villa Noseda must not be missed. Situated beside the casino and orthodox church, overlooking the sea, the view is a treat, as well as the food being served. Enjoy exceptional seafood, a delicious and adventurous tasting menu and a good wine list. Request a table on the terrace to take in the views.
For great value traditional fare head to A Cuvea. A cosy little restaurant lined with candlelit bottles and overflowing with locals tucking into delicious homemade pasta and fish dishes. Choose from the set menu, with three courses with wine and coffee offering great value.
For lunch on the go head to the highly rated Il Panino Quotidiano. They offer huge, generously filled sandwiches with imaginative fillings. Great service and great value. Extremely popular so during the lunchtime rush, be prepared to wait.
For one of the oldest restaurants on the Italian Riviera head to La Pignese. Run by the same family since opening in 1919, they serve traditional Ligurian fare using recipes passed down from generation to generation. Breads and pastas are all homemade, and delicious. Friendly service and reasonable prices ensure this restaurants popularity with locals and tourists alike.
How to get there
The nearest airports are located at Nice (50km) Genoa (108km) and Turin (153km). Sitting on the coastal rail line that runs between France and Genoa, it is easy to reach from other towns along the coast. There are direct trains from Nice (1hr 17 mins) and Genoa (1hr 42mins). If arriving by car the town is conveniently situated just 5km off the A10 highway connecting northern Italy with France.
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