San Remo: Olive oil & beautiful blooms

If there was ever a storybook seaside town, San Remo is it. Some 50kms from Monaco, its an ideal hub for day cruises in the region, and is fast becoming a coveted yachting destination.

Due to its reliable, steady climate, glass flower houses pepper the landscape and earns its nickname Città dei Fiori (the City of Flowers). The magnificently decorated streets pay homage, with striking floral displays at every turn.

A popular summer haunt among the British aristocracy for decades, Sanremo draws a cultured crowd, and every summer since 1951, the Ariston Theatre has hosted Italy’s popular Sanremo Music Festival.

At the seafront, chic boutiques, belle époque hotels, grandiose villas and fine restaurants line the promenade. Here, sensational seafood and scenic views are par for the course.

Wander the labyrinthine streets of the medieval town La Pigna, which remains virtually unchanged besides a smattering of great cafés. From Pigna hill there are fabulous views the awe-inspiring Saint Cyrus Cathedral.

The Art Nouveau building of the Municipal Casino, built in 1905, is quite a draw. Leave time for a friendly flutter after supper.

Of course, Sanremo boasts a handful of regional specialities: take home fine olive oils, whose regional designation of origin is protected.


When to go:

April – end of October

High season:

July – August

Highlights

1

Time your visit to see the end of the fiercely competitive one-day cycling event, the 298km Milan–San Remo classic.

2

Marvel at the artistry and workmanship at the Basilica Concattedrale Di San Siro

3

Get the kids sailing on their own at San Remo yacht club, which holds regular regattas and courses for children

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