San Remo Travel Guide

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San Remo Things to Do

  • AROUND SANREMO

    Hi!I suggest you two places.BUSSANA VECCHIA an artists village very close to SanremoYou can get here by bus then walk inland for about 20 minutes.Information about the village:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bussana_Vecchia,_LiguriaTimetable:http://www.rivieratrasporti.it/OrarioTasc_Sanremo-Taggia.pdfDOLCEACQUA a true medieval hamlet.Information about...

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  • la Chiesa di San Siro

    The cathedral church of Sanremo, San Siro, is also the city's oldest church. Although it is thought that the first church on this site was built in 811 AD, the actual structure dates to the early 12th century. It was built in a Romanesque style but was heavily modified into a rich Baroque church in the 17th century, similar in style to Santa Maria...

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  • la Chiesa di Santo Stefano

    Located just below la Pigna, the oldest part of Sanremo, la Chiesa di Santo Stefano dominates Piazza Cassini. It was built in mediaeval times, but was remodelled in the 17th century into the Baroque church it is today. It has been a Jesuits church since 1624.

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  • il Casinò di Sanremo

    Inaugurated in 1905, this grand Belle Époque building was initially conceived as a theatre. It was designed by the Parisian architect Eugène Ferret, clearly drawing inspiration from French architecture. Some gambling took place within the structure in the early years, but it was until 1928 that the theatre was officially converted into il Casinò di...

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  • Oratorio dell'Immacolata Concezione

    Located on Piazza San Siro, facing the cathedral, l'Oratorio dell'Immaculata Concezione is a 16th century chapel. Its façade is more Neoclassical, but the interior is a full blown rich Baroque design.

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  • Torre della Ciapela

    This mediaeval cylindrical tower lies out of place amid more modern buildings on Piazza del Mercato. It is known as Torre della Ciapela and was once a watchtower within the defensive walls around Sanremo.

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  • Palazzo Borea d'Olmo (Museo Civico)

    Considered one of the most important Baroque edifices in Liguria west of Genoa, il Palazzo Borea d'Olmo took on its rich Baroque form during 17th-18th century renovation. The actual structure, though, dates from Mediaeval times. Above the entrance is a 16th century sculpture of the Madonna & Child, while the exaggerated sculptures around the...

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  • la Pigna

    La Città Vecchia (the old city) of Sanremo, known as "la Pigna," is a small quarter made up of winding alleys that follow the contours of a small hill. It is accessed through numerous narrow passageways built in mediaeval times as a way to protect the citizens from unexpected attacks, particularly by the Saracens who then menaced the entire...

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  • Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli

    Possibly Sanremo's most beautiful Baroque church, Santa Maria degli Angeli is located in the commercial centre on Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi. The façade is richly decorated with floral motifs and curves.

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  • Chiesa dei Cappuccini

    This church is occupied by the Capuchins (hence the name). Although their presence in the city of Sanremo dates back to the 17th century, their church seems to have been built, or renovated, in the 19th century. It has a Neoclassical façade and is located next to the Casinò di Sanremo.

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  • Chiesa Russa Ortodossa

    Completed in 1913, this impressive Russian Orthodox church is dedicated to the Saviour and Saint Catherine. It was modelled after Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, complete with polychrome onion domes. It was built during the time when the Russian bourgeoisie flocked to Sanremo to escape harsh winters in their homeland. Sanremo was promoted to the...

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  • Go to the Harbor

    San Remo also has a very nice harbor with all kinds of boats. I did not have the opportunity to do so myself; but I heard you can rent a boat there for a brief excursion into the Ligurian Sea.

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  • Go to the Beach

    San Remo has very nice beaches overlooking the cool blue waters of the Ligurian Sea. They are great places to just lay back and relax or take a walk and meet some of the people. There is a nice walkway along part of the beach.

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  • Attend the Italian Song Festival

    Depending on your thoughts or tolerances for music; you may want to attend the Italian Song Festival held for a week in February or March. I have heard it compared to "American Idol". It is held in the Ariston Theatre. The theatre looks kind of trashy on the outside (it used to be a movie theater); but is nicer on the inside. It also looks better...

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  • The medieval warren La Pigna (The...

    The district of La Pigna dates back to the 11th Century - a teeming maze of cramped houses, tunnels and narrow passages, from which you emerge at the highest point of the city, on the crowning peak of the Sanctuary.

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  • Hall Ariston

    San Remo is city of the music. This hall is place where adhere very famous festival of cancones. Every other day this is simple building which you probably don´t peer.The first edition of the San Remo Song Festival was held in 1951, a few years after the end of World War II. The festival was broadcast on the radio and there were only three singers....

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  • the russian church

    This has been the most unexpected surprise I came upon in San Remo, and it's definitely my most favourite sight. For over a century San Remo has been the winter paradise for many noble Russian families, be it for health and fashion reasons. In 1912 the tsar Nicholas II decided tht a Russian church was imperative in San Remo and he started a...

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  • Climb the famous "Poggio di San Remo"

    If you've had one too many 4 cheeses pizzas, a great walk is the climb up the Poggio.The view is great and you can get an espresso up the top.

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San Remo Restaurants

  • seafood snacks and creative ice-coffees

    Nice place... it's smaller than it looks, though - it's the huge mirror that makes it seem large. However the place is cosy and the staff really nice. It's a good place to go for breakfast, snacks, lunch - or else even just an ice-cream. I had a swordfish baguette (yum) and my friend had swordfish "carpaccio". He claims it was delicious. There's...

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  • Caffé in the palazzo

    Located in Palazzo Borea d'Olmo with a separate entrance, il Caffè Ducale has an interior with a hint of its palatial past, with vaulted ceilings and chandeliers. It is part enoteca, part café and part restaurant. Its location in the heart of the shopping district of San Remo makes it an ideal stopping place at any point during the day. Although it...

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San Remo Transportation

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    by ForestqueenNYC Updated Mar 13, 2005

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    If you are driving to San Remo from France, you will notice the difference as soon as you cross the border. Finally, in San Remo, my brother-in-law lost it and rolled down the window and yelled to the Italian driver in the car next to us, "pasta fasoul". We later learned that that means bean soup.

    The bottom line is that, driving in Italy is an experience unlike any in the U.S. Good luck.

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San Remo Local Customs

  • russian footprints

    It was 1876, and the Russian empress the Tsaress Maria Alexandrovnacame to San Remo for three months to spend the winter in a milder climate. Apparently she enjoyed her stay and it soon became a fashion for rich and aristocratic Russian people to come spend their winters here. There is even 2 proofs of this: proof 1 is the Russian church that still...

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  • flower power

    San Remo is supposed to be Italy's flower capital - I think it's because of the particular climate that lets flowers bloom all year round. It's emblem is a flower, and there are many festivals connected with flowers. One of them is the peculiar february carnival: dozen of special carriages decorated with flowers. Don't be surprized, then, to see...

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San Remo Tourist Traps

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    by call_me_rhia Written Jun 13, 2003

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    Every yeaar we're tortured by the boring song festival of San Remo on Italian television. It's broadcasted from the ariston theatre and, well, since I happened to be in town, I figured I would want to see this infamous torture room

    Unique Suggestions: A torture room it is: the theatre in nothing else but a movie theatre - the ugliest of all, to be fair.. even worse than the boring festival itself

    Fun Alternatives: Watch the festival on TV: they only show the nside of the building, and it looks nearly nice

    tacky ariston theatre

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San Remo Off The Beaten Path

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    by amyhouston Written Feb 23, 2005

    We drove to San Remo from Nice, France. We left a bit late because we stopped by Monte Carlo on the way but by the time we got to San Remo around 2PM, all the restaurants were closed expect for McDonalds so we ate there took some pictures around the harbor and drove back.

    San Remo Harbor

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  • Ariston

    The Ariston is the theatre houses the italian music festival in february or march. On the stage of Ariston for a week there are the most important italian and foreign singer.

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  • Authentic bulidings

    You get to see authentic buildings along the streets and loads of souvenir shops. The souvenirs varies from antique Coke figures, to scarfs, magnets, key chains...and of course the memory itself is a perfect souvenir!Like mentioned, there are loads of gardens around and there are a few monuments around the town which recognises the different...

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