Places of Interest
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Monaco & Monte-Carlo
is an ancient principality which has been ruled by the Grimaldi dynasty for more than 700 years. The principality covers barely a square mile, yet there are some fascinating museums including the Museum of Anthropology and the Oceanographic Museum, restaurants and a spectacular marina with fabulous yachts, which is a great place to spot the rich and famous! Monte-Carlo is the home of the famous casino with its astonishing gold and marble atrium, sculptures and magnificent gardens.
is the ‘capital of the French Riviera’, with an attractive port and fabulous shops! It is also a culturally rich city, with a wide range of museums and galleries, monuments and churches. Beach lovers have a choice of twenty public beaches located along the sweeping Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels), which is considered to be one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world.
Genoa was once one of the most powerful political forces in Europe and today is a thriving commercial centre. Visit the magnificent Cathedral of St Lorenzo, which began construction in 1099, or the 19th century Castle Mackenzie in the surrounding hills. Acquario di Genova, which stands beside the port, is the largest marine park in Europe and reproduces a coastal atmosphere in 48 basins, four of which are oceanic and have two viewing levels. There are plenty of good shops and restaurants and some pleasant gardens.
Originally a small fishing village shaded by eucalyptus and olive trees, Portofino has become a sunny and relaxing paradise on the Ligurian Riviera. Take a boat trip to nearby San Fruttuoso on a calm day and attempt to spot the bronze statue of Christ, immersed 15 metres below the surface in memory of divers who have lost their lives. From the summit of Monte Portofino above the town, are stunning panoramic views across the Mediterranean to the mountains of Corsica.
is the capital of the ‘Riviera of Flowers’ and boasts a superb climate and captivating landscape. The medieval old town is a maze of covered alleys and ancient squares, whilst the new town is a bustling modern tourist resort with a world famous casino.
is a charming medieval village set in the heart of the beautiful Nervia Valley, in the Ligurian hillside inland from Ventimiglia. One of its most notable features is its hilltop castle which was founded in the 12th century. The village is also well known for its hand produced extra virgin olive oil and its extensive flower growing industry.
is a ruggedly beautiful stretch of coastline inset with five tiny villages, each clinging to the rocky coastline. Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore – which together form one of Italy’s hidden treasures and evoke an aura of times gone by, where local wine growers still use monorail mechanisms to ferry themselves up and the grapes down the steep terraces and in some cases harvest by boat. Amongst the wealth of attractions is The Parish House of Saint Mary in Vernazza, the Old Castle of Monterosso and the fascinating promenade, dug into the rock in the early 20th century at Riomaggiore.
once a fishing village, has flourished into one of the most elegant resorts on the Ligurian Riviera. Encircled by natural beauty, the resort is famous for its ‘Baci’ chocolate, a local speciality and also its 4km of beaches of the finest quartz sand. Alassio’s rich history dates back to Roman times, however, most of its buildings date from the 15th century onwards, such as the parish church of Sant’Ambrogio and the Church of Madonna delle Grazie. An interesting feature of the town is its imposing Muretto wall, a series of around 550 ceramic tiles bearing the signatures of various notable figures.