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San Remo

City of Flowers and Songs

Perhaps the most well-known resort on the Riviera di Ponente (the Western half of the Italian Riviera) San Remo is famous for its intensive cultivation of flowers, the Festivale della canzone Italiana di San Remo (Italian Song Festival) and not least because it has been a tourist haven since the nineteenth century when the English and Russian aristocracies used to spend the winter here.

Located 18km/11m east of Ventimiglia and founded in Roman times, when it was called Matutia or Villa Matutiana, it expanded during the Middle Ages when the local lords built a castle and a walled town which they called La Pigna.

The 12th Century Cathedral of San Siro

San Remo's three districts

San Remo breaks down into three main districts: The shopping area round the Corso Matteotti; La Pigna the old town; and the once very fashionable and still glamorous West End with its splendid Belle Epoque Casino and onion domed Russian Orthodox church built for a sizeable Russian Community.

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Côte d'Azur In-A-Day

From Nice to Italy on the French Riviera

A drive from Nice to Italy

Beaches, casinos, luxury yachts , gardens and movie stars

Text © Paul Shawcross

Images by Paul Shawcross, Paul Shjawcross