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Italian Riviera between Genoa and Monaco-anything to see?

Italian Riviera between Genoa and Monaco-anything to see?

Apr 3rd, 2009, 05:35 AM
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Italian Riviera between Genoa and Monaco-anything to see?

Hi, My friends and are I planning two weeks at the end of June on the Italian and French Rivieras with a potential ferry ride to Corsica. Is there anything worth seeing in Italy between Genoa and Monaco either along the water or North a bit? Thanks.
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Apr 3rd, 2009, 06:37 AM
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Yes, you will see the inside of 110 tunnels on that road. However, we do like Menton just as you cross the border--best micro-climate on that coast.
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Apr 3rd, 2009, 06:46 AM
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Not much, except for the tunnels bob mentions. There's Ventimiglia - uck - and San Remo (down-at-the-heels town but good seafood), but mostly it's a reminder that Italy isn't as posh as France.
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Apr 3rd, 2009, 09:30 AM
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Hi MK - There are several pleasant stops IMO - Alassio, Finale Ligure, Noli ... I also find the old part of Albenga interesting.

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Apr 3rd, 2009, 09:38 AM
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It is not as posh or beautiful as the French coast.
San Remo is o.k. Bussana Vecchia was interesting, Imperia
was as far as we went( a nice place).
The difference between lovely Menton and Ventimiglia (across the border )is startling.
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Apr 3rd, 2009, 11:20 AM
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Hi; Actually there are at least three medieval towns you could visit. When you reach Ventimiglia, you go north and you will find Dolceacqua, Apricale and Pigna. If you enjoy medieval towns, these towns are definately worth a visit. Pigna is the furthest town, perhaps 13 or 14 miles north. Dolceacqua is the closest, perhaps 5 or 6 miles north of the main road [S1] passing thru Ventimiglia, leading to Menton. You would find the route going north before reaching the center of the city. So, we were on the S1 when we found the route to these towns, so you would probably have to get off the A10 somewhere after San Remo. iris1745/dick
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Apr 3rd, 2009, 11:38 AM
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I am surprised that people are saying that there is nothing to see in that region!

I have not passed through there is years, but what about medieval Taggia,, for example?


What about Cervo?


http://www.cervo.com/main.php?lng=en&l_id=1
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Apr 3rd, 2009, 11:51 AM
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Hi ekscrunchy; I forgot about Taggia, a walled medieval town. Very steep walking, but so interesting. You would find this town after passing Imperia, probably off the S1. iris1745/dick
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Apr 3rd, 2009, 12:18 PM
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Always nice places to see in that region, just not as nice as the places at either end--such as Eze or Camogli.
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Apr 3rd, 2009, 12:20 PM
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Thank you, Iris! I did a lot of reading before my Ligurian trip last fall and there were many places that sounded very interesting!

In Ventimiglia, the Hanbury Gardens:

http://www.amicihanbury.com/menu_english.html


The "ghost town" of Bussana Vecchia, now an "international artist's colony"

Albenga...

And, of course, Genoa itself..
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Apr 3rd, 2009, 01:41 PM
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Hi Bob; The comparisons are altogether different. We love Camogli and have stayed at the Hotel Cenobio Dei Dogi three times. Plenty of tourists and we love tourists. We have been to Eze a few times and stayed at the Chateau Eza. But these towns are different. You walk into/up to say Apricale and no one is there but the residents. It's like it was hundreds of years ago. Down below, near the old bridge, there are tourists, but not many. So I think going to these towns is an appreciation of exacty how the towns were hundreds of years ago. Very interestion. But remember, the question was 'are there any interesting places to visit between Genoa and Menton.' Yes there are. I don't think they were asking anyone to make comparisons. Respectfully iris1745/dick
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When you go up north around Savona you find two very beautiful areas of South Piedmont: Alto Monferrato and Langhe.
It's the home of famous wines such as Barolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Barbaresco and the landscapes which take the form of vines and rolling hills are breathtaking.
Charming towns are Acqui Terme (my favorite), Alba and Asti, and then there are hundreds of medieval and roman hilltop villages with castles and towers.
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