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  • roy b
    Cannes, France143 contributions
    You don't have to be togged out in all the latest veloware to appreciate the Ligurian cycle path. Westward, it starts in Ospedaletti, going through San Remo and on to San Lorenzo with a new extension to Imperia. A total of just over 31 ks of relative flatness with fine views over the Med and stop-off points to replenish your not-too-tired limbs with various liquid refreshments, nibbles and, why not, meals. Of course it's 31 ks back to where you parked your car, but you'll survive. The two big towns you'll pass by are San Remo and Imperia, very different from each other. The former being the Cannes of the Italian Riviera and the latter being not. Between the two, the several ports of call will enable you to indulge yourself without feeling guilty about it. San Stefano and San Lorenzo offer some insertion into la dolcé vita. of Ligurian lifestyle. Winter sunsets can be spectacular. Enjoy.and pedal free.
    Written 22 January 2023
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  • TopExplorer
    London, UK43 contributions
    Excellent to spend a couple of hours exploring and taking pictures, it seems surreal in some parts. Only a few bars and restaurants but a nice place to visit.
    Written 24 October 2021
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  • StephenHeverlee
    Leuven, Belgium217 contributions
    Surprisingly old town, lovely walking through the narrow streets. Not so many tourists. Combine it with a visit to madonna del costa.
    Written 21 August 2021
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  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland25,640 contributions
    Near Sanremo's Casino one will see the Russian Orthodox Church of Christ the Saviour, which with its five onion-shaped domes reminds one a lot of the famous St.Basil Cathedral in Moscow. Definitely an attractive building, worth also to just see from the outside, when closed.

    At the end of the 19th century Russian nobility and affluent bourgeoisie loved to spend winters at the Côte d'Azur and nearby Sanremo in Italy, where one could find up to thousand Russians at a time. Still attached to their traditions, they had several Russian Orthodox Churches built. First in Nice, followed by Menton and Cannes and finally - in 1913 - in Sanremo. Just a year ago I had been to a Russian church in German Baden-Baden, another favourite haunt of this society.

    In the garden in front of the church one is surprised to find busts of the catholic Italian King Vittorio Emanuele III and his wife Elena. A nearby plaque is dedicated to the parents of Queen Elena, who had been buried here at her request: King Nicholas I of Montenegro in 1921 and his wife Milena in 1923, both of the orthodox faith and whose remains had been brought from Montpellier ( now though at Cetinje in Montenegro). Of him there is a monument at the Giardini Ormond-Nobel in the Eastern part of Sanremo. Queen Elena, who also passed away in Montpellier, just as her parents, is now buried at the Santuario de Vicoforte near Turin, together with her husband, who died 6 years earlier in Alexandria, Egypt.
    Written 21 November 2020
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  • 321carolynn
    Ottawa, Canada36 contributions
    I was very impressed. I stayed for mass which was amazing despite my not being a theist. The homily was about wealth distribution, and the value of love. This was poignant as it was election day, and life for refugees already difficult will likely get tougher under a Meloni coalition. So that was the moral view and the physical view from the church is amazing too.
    Written 1 October 2022
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  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland25,640 contributions
    One of the most pleasant activities is to go for a stroll on the about 1km long 'Corso dell'Imperatrice' in the western part of the town, with great views over the Tyrrhenian Sea. The pedestrian only walkway had been created in the 19th century. Its floor consists of a regular pattern of red, black and white flagstones, while on the side are two kind of palmtrees: 'Canary Palms', from its branches recognizable as members of the family of the date palms. The other, usually higher palm, but with a smaller crown is a 'Mexican Fan Palm' (Washingtonia robusta).

    The money to buy the palms was offered by the Tsarina Maria Alexandrovna (born Marie of Hesse), who stayed in Sanremo for about 3 months in the winter 1874/75 and apparently enjoyed her time here. The Corso was then named in her honour.

    The Empress, suffering from tuberculosis, had come from Nice, to where she often went for health reasons, escaping the harsh Russian winters. Her husband, Tsar Alexander II, called 'The Liberator', stayed back in St.Petersburg, having several affairs and more children besides the eight by his wife, the Tsarina.

    At the beginning of the Corso, coming from the town, is a symbol of Sanremo, the white marble statue of 'Primavera' (spring) by sculptor Vincenzo Pasquali.
    Written 23 November 2020
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  • Brun066
    Florence, Italy11,510 contributions
    To the contemporary visitor Corso Matteotti today appears unequivocally the main street of the city, both for its centrality, for its general layout, and for the fact that (since 2013) it has been completely pedestrianized.
    And certainly the visitor's feeling is correct. But what must be remembered, and that today's visitor can only assume, is that on the one hand the street was conceived as a central place of the city not recently, but since almost two centuries (the design of it dates back to 1840, and it has gradually replaced the most important pre-existing street of the lower city, namely Via Palazzo); on the other hand, it has undergone a radical evolution, especially after WWII, moreover common to many central streets. In other words, it has gone from being typical of the "modern" city to being typical of the "postmodern" city. As illustrated by the best connoisseur of the street, the graphic designer Renzo Antonelli (who published an unfortunately very limited edition volume, "Sanremo, la via Vittorio": this is the former name of the street) "since the 1970s grocery stores, bakeries, pastry shops, wine shops, toy showcases, bookstores, foreign pharmacies, artisan shops and art galleries, gradually disappeared, leaving way to a mass offer". So fashion shops (including global brands), bistrots, mobile phone shops, etc.
    Then, of course, it should be mentioned that especially in this street there are evidences that Sanremo has been the capital of popular song in Italy since 1951, due to the “Festival of the Italian song”. The Corso Matteotti is overlooked by the Ariston Theater, where the Festival takes place in February of every year since 1977 (and at the west end of the street there is the Municipal Casino, where the editions of the Festival were previously held ); at the east end of the street there is the local "Walk of Fame", a series of metal plates set in the pavement with the names of the winners of the Festival since the first year until today.
    Overall, this street is therefore an unavoidable element to capture the current personality of Sanremo.
    Written 13 July 2022
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  • barraib
    London, UK28 contributions
    This area is easily accessed via Nice airport and a hire car. You can take the train to Taggia and pick up the bus which climbs up the mountains to Triora. This area wonderfully wild yet so close to the Italian and French Riviera. There are many picturesque villages to visit and can be combined with beach days. The beaches are better than the French Riviera but it's only short motorway drive away. The fauna is a combination of Mediterranean and Alpine and the area is famous for its olives. The locals are more likely to speak French than English but they are very welcoming and proud of their beautiful region. The Valle Argentina is cooler than the coast which great is a great escape from the intense summer heat. I discovered this area by chance and have been enchanted by its beauty and ruggedness. Many people come to cycle or walk through the well signed routes and are tempted by the lovely beaches without crowds of the French Riviera. I see this area as an extension of Provence although in Italy. In the winter you get lovely sunny days that are crisp in the mornings and comfortable in the afternoons. Head a short distance to the coast and it's warmer due to the shelter of the mountains and the sea affect. The fauna on the coats is very subtropical with cactus and palms. My last visit was in February 2019 and the weather was 18 degrees on the coast and sunny. The Valle was about 15 degrees.
    Written 31 March 2019
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  • Yallands
    Wiltshire, UK17 contributions
    We have visited Sanremo many times over the years, but this is the first time we made time to pay a visit to Villa Nobel. We are so glad that we did as it was an extremely interesting and informative visit.

    The friendly receptionist gave us an introduction to our visit in impeccable English. Current charges are €7 for adults and €5 for over 65s and children. Audio guides were withdrawn due to Covid and have not been reintroduced. However, all information is now displayed in English as well as in Italian.

    The ground floor is notable for the superb decorated ceiling in the principle room. The basement museum does a very good job of placing Alfred Nobel’s work in the context of the countless technological developments of the 19th century.

    The upper two floors contain much original furniture and furnishings from Nobel’s time as well as a comprehensive display of information on his work with dynamite and the resulting triumphs and tragedies, together with an insight into his personal and family life. There is also a section devoted to Nobel’s will and the bequest which led to the establishment of the Nobel Prizes.

    Lastly, the gardens afford good views of the exterior of the splendid villa.
    Written 13 September 2022
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  • Jane D
    Leamington Spa, UK266 contributions
    We walked from the centre to Tre Ponti along the cycle path which is very pleasant, just don’t step out into the cycle lane without looking as you will get hit! There are many cyclists and they go fast. It took about 35mins.
    Most of the beaches in Sanremo you have to pay to enter. Tourist information had told us there was a free sandy beach at the far end of Tre Ponti. It is a small area which was fine to find a spot in June but I can imagine July and Aug will be v packed.
    It was very windy on the day we went so it felt like your body was getting a full exfoliation and there was a lot of seaweed going into the sea, however I’m sure on calmer days it’s a beautiful beach to chill out on.
    Written 24 June 2018
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  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland25,640 contributions
    Liguria, protected from the north by the Alps, is known for its mild climate and proof of it is the subtropical and tropical vegetation in its gardens. The most famous are no doubt the Hanbury Gardens in Ventimiglia, close to the French border. But Sanremo doesn't lack gardens either and probably the best to visit here are the Giardini Ormond by the villa of that name.

    Originally part of the property of Swiss tobacco merchant Michel Louis Ormond the park later was split in two by the Corso Cavallotti with the lower part now often being called 'Giardini Nobel', since Alfred Nobel had his villa just next to it. There is a separate entry at Tripadvisor for the 'Giardini Nobel'.

    To get to the Giardini Ormond north of the Corso one passes the little 'Flori Caffé'. The Villa Ormond, now like the gardens belonging to the municipality of Sanremo, can be seen further up. To wander through the park makes for a pleasant and relaxing break with all the exotic plants, especially many kind of palm trees. Some plants and trees are labeled like a Nandina, also called a Sacred Bamboo, although it is from the Barberry family. An impressive tree is the Australian Moreton Fig Bay (Ficus macrophylla).

    In the middle is a small pond with turtles in it. With their yellow cheeks they are discernible as Yellow-bellied Sliders from the US southeast, a popular pet. There are also information boards on gardeners that have contributed to the Giardini like Ludwig Winter from Heidelberg, the designer of the Hanbury Gardens. Another information board is for Hermann Stern from Basel, a gardener, who spent most of his life in Sanremo.

    Visitors, who have seen the 'Primavera' statue at the Corso della Imperatrice in the western part of town will be surprised to find here a quite similar marble statue, representing Dea Flora, the goddess of the flowers, also a work by Tuscan sculptor Vincenzo Pasquali.
    Written 11 November 2020
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  • Aleksandar
    Belgrade, Serbia8,213 contributions
    Lovely and cute little square, great to have a gelato or a drink and enjoy some people watching while relaxing.
    Written 8 December 2018
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  • E. E
    80 contributions
    Another beautiful church with art work worth viewing. Passed by after a mixed race wedding - surprising and refreshing to see - love prevails - rose petals and rice ......
    Written 4 September 2018
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  • Alessandro F
    Milan, Italy25,865 contributions
    Bronze statue dedicated to a famous television entertainer, Mike Bongiorno (1924-2009) famous in Italy for entering the scene shouting cheer.
    The bronze statue is here in Saremo because he presented for eleven times the Festival della canzone italiana here in Sanremo
    Written 11 June 2022
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