Alassio is a very popular seaside resort. It is situated in a real nice bay between two hills and has a 3-4 kilometer long beach that slowly declines into the sea. During the season it is quite busy but there are plenty of shops, hotels and restaurants to cater for all the tourists. It is more quiet during the low season; you can then take a leisurely stroll through the old part of the city.
Nice restaurants are Mezzaluna (every evening live music), Il Barrante, Osteria d’Anghi and Clapsy.
Alassio is also very nice to visit for a bit more nightlife. Liquid is a nice cocktailbar, Il Barrante has very good and many beers and Le Vele is a nightclub open till early in the morning.
The roman church Santa Croce from the 11th century.
“Il Muretto”: an unusual but well known meeting place that is always very busy in the summer evenings because celebrities leave their signature on a wall tile at this spot.
Car: ± 20 minutes, ± 12 kilometer.
The Romans conquered Albenga in the second century before Christ. They gave it the name Albingaunum, which means the city of Ingauni (the original inhabitants). The Romans shipped, oil, wine, and grain from Albenga. The harbor has disappeared because the river Centa changed its course in the 13th century. During the economically bad years of the Middle Ages, buildings were not changed or developed as housing was sufficient. Nowadays this is a great advantage, Albenga has the most beautiful preserved Middle Age center of all cities on the Italian Riviéra.
Albenga is well known for its cultivation of flowers and vegetables, like artichokes. Most of these products are cultivated in glasshouses and exported on a daily basis to the markets in Europe from the airport of Villanova.
Nice restaurants in Albenga are Il Candidato, La Dolce Vita and Signola on a walking distance from the campsite. Mood is a very nice bar to drink something.
Market: every Wednesday on the Via Dalmazia and its side streets.
The cathedral S. Michele on the Piazza S. Michele built in 400 after Christ, and since then rebuilt many times to make it bigger
The museum Civico Ingauno: The museum is housed in the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio. This museum also is the entrance to the baptism chapel from the 5th century.
The episcopal palace which is situated next to the baptism chapel and the Palazzo Vecchio del Comune
The olive museum on the Via Mamlis.
Car: ± 10 minutes, ± 5 kilometer.
Bicycle: ± 20 minutes.
By car it is about 90 kilometers on the autostrada to Genova. If you don’t want problems finding a parking spot we recommend taking the
train. There is a direct connection from Albengato to Genova that follows the coastline. From a sight-seeing point of view it is well worth taking.
Genova is the capital of the province Liguria and is also the most important harbor of Italy. The historical center is hardly touched and has kept her own character. Discovering Genova on foot is recommended . Visiting Genova is very special. It is a beautiful city with a lot of impressive buildings. Of course Italy is known for cities as Rome, Florence and Venice but Genova should not be underestimated.
Piazza Dei Ferrari: this square dates from the 19th century.
Cattedrale di San Lorenzo: the cathedral was built in the 12th century.
Piazza San Matteo: hardy changed since 1278.
Chiesa di San Matteo: this church on the San Matteo square was built in 1125.
Staglieno: one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe with numerous impressive graves.
Acquario di Genova: The biggest sea aquarium of Europe with over one million visitors annually.
Car: ±1 hour, ±80 km.
Train: Travel time by train is between 1 and 2 hours depending on the type of train.
The capital Imperia did not get its name until 1932, when the villages Porto Maurizio and Oneglia were joined together as one municipal. The river Imperio then gave it it’s final name.
Dom San Maurizio: the largest church in Liguria, built at the end of the 18th century.
Museo dell’Olivo on Via Garessio 13: the museum provides an impression of the history of olive trees and olive oil.
Market: every Monday and Thursday on the church square of Porto Maurizio.
Car: ± 35 minutes, ± 35 kilometers.
Monaco lies about 15 kilometers from the Italian border. It is worth while visiting. Monaco was founded as a colony of Genova in 1228. Nowadays Monaco is a city of the rich and famous. Expensive boats populate it’s harbor. Rolls Royces and Ferrairi are a dime a dozen. Monaco is not part of the European Union but for financial transactions the Euro is used.
Monte Carlo: the central quarter of Monaco is called Monte Carlo. Often both Monaco and Monte Carlo are used to identify this small state.
Monaco Ville: the ancient fortified part with the royal palace and cathedral of Monaco.
Musée Océanographique de Monaco:the famous oceanographic museum of Monaco.
Fontevieille: the quarter where Stade Louis II, the famous football stadium of AS Monaco is located.
Car: ± 1 hour en 10 minutes, ± 100 kilometers.
Train: ± 2 hours.
Portofino is a small city in the province of Genua. It is known for it’s harbor which is considered to be one of the most beautiful harbors of the Mediterranean. The city was founded by the Romans and named “Portus Delphini” (City of the dolphins). Portofino is a regional nature park and is situated on a mountainous peninsula. The “Monte di Portofino”, 612 meters above sea level, is the highest mountain.
Castello Brown: a fort that was built to defend the city against pirates.
San Giorgio: a church built in 1154 and renovated in 1950. In this church relics from the Crusades can be seen.
Car: ± 1 hour en 50 minutes, ± 120 kilometers.
San Remo is a diverse city. The old city quarter of Pigna looks a bit like a”kashba” from the East; it’s center is very busy and modern with many shops, boutiques and bars. It is a city with an holiday atmosphere. The city is also known as the finishing place of the annual cycling classic “Milan – San Remo. For those who love a crowd San Remo is certainly worthwhile visiting.
Forte di Santa Tecla: the fort located in the harbor built in 1755.
San Basilio: Largo Nuvolini a Russian orthodox church.
San Siro: Piazza San Siro. A cathedral built in the 13th century.
Pigna-quarter: the oldest part of San Remo, situated on top of a hill above the newer part of the town.
Santa Maria degli Angeli: Piazza Colombo. This church has a magnificent interior.
Villa Zirio: Corso Cavallotti 51. One of the many buildings from the heyday of the San Remo-tourism.
Villa Nobel: Corso Cavallotti 116. Alfred Nobel, the Swedish scientist lived here from 1891 until his death in 1896.
Car: ± 45 minutes, ± 60 kilometers.
Train: ± 1 hour.
Savona is a medium sized city with a number of historical and architectural aspects. Because of it’s strategic location it is also one the more important harbors of Italy. Savona is a point of departure for many cruise ships. A ferry connects the island of Corsica with the mainland.
Duomo: the church located near the harbor with many pieces of art.
Cappella Sistina: an annex to the duomo, built between 1480 and 1483, as a mausoleum for the parents of pope Sixtis IV.
Priamar: a fort built in 1542 an in later years used as a prison and military base.
Palazzo della Roverce: originally a palace and now a museum built by Guilio della Rovere.
Car: ± 40 minutes, ± 40 kilometers. Train: ± 45 minutes.
Ventimiglia lies on the border of France and Italy and at the estuary of the river Roya. The western part of the town is situated on a hill and is known for it’s historical buildings and small streets. A modern city center full of bustling life lies east of the river. Italy’s biggest market takes place in Ventimiglia every Friday.
Cathedral Santa Maria Assunta built between the 11th and 13th century.
Baptisterium: a Roman baptistery built in the 11th century and located next to the cathedral.
San Michele: A family chapel built around 1100 located near the old city above the Roya valley.
Roman theater: located on the Corso Genova.
Hanbury gardens: Viale Hanbury, the most beautiful botanic garden of Italy, created in 1867.
Car: ± 1 hour, ± 80 kilometers. Train: ± 1/ 1,5 hours.