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Sanremo Travel Guide

What to See and Do in Sanremo, Italy

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Casino Sanremo at Dusk, Sanremo, Liguria, Italy.
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Sanremo Italy Travel Guide

Sanremo, also spelled San Remo, is a popular resort town on the west coast of Italy. Sanremo is known for its casino, but there's much more to see.

Sanremo Highlights

  • La Pigna, the pedestrian-only medieval center
  • The stunning Madonna della Costa Sanctuary above La Pigna
  • A picturesque harbor lined with cafes and seafood restaurants
  • Gardens
  • The Casino

Sanremo Location

Sanremo is on the Italian Riviera between Genoa and the French border in the part known as the Riviera dei Fiori, or riviera of flowers. It's in the province of Liguria - see Liguria Map for location.

Sanremo Transportation

Sanremo can be reached by train or bus from other towns along the coast. Its on the coastal rail line that connects France with Genoa and other points along Italy's west coast. The train station is in town, above the harbor and the bus station is near the center of town. By car, it's about 5 km off the A10 autostrada (toll road) that runs along the coast. Car rentals are available in Sanremo from Auto Europe (book direct).

The closest airports are Nice, France, about 65 km away and Genoa airport (see Italy airports map), about 150km away.

Sanremo Hotels

The Best Western Hotel Nazionale is a good hotel with a prime location next to the Casino on Sanremo's main shopping street, an easy walk to the harbor and old town center. Here are more Sanremo Hotels on Venere (book direct).

Sanremo Festivals and Events

Sanremo is famous for its Italian Song Festival held in late February. There's also a European music festival in June, Rock festival in July, and Jazz in August. Shows and concerts are held throughout summer. From October through May, the Opera Theater at the Casino holds performances by the Symphonic Orchestra. New Year's Eve is celebrated with music and a big fireworks display by the sea at Porto Vecchio, the old port. The Sanremo Flowers parade is held at the end of January. Many sports events, including water sports, are held throughout the year, too.

When to Visit Sanremo

Sanremo is a good year-round destination. The Riviera dei Fiori has milder temperatures than many places in Italy and since it's a fairly large town, most hotels and restaurants stay open even in winter. Summer can be very crowded and hotel prices may be higher than the rest of the year.

Sanremo Tourist Information Office

Tourist information is available at the Palafiori off Corso Garibaldi near the bus station and on Corso Imperatrice near Piazzale Carlo Daporto parking area just west of the Casino.

What to See in Sanremo

Take a virtual tour with Europe Travel's Sanremo Pictures. Here's more about the top sights in Sanremo:
  • La Pigna, the Pinecone, is the oldest part of the city. La Pigna's tiny street and covered alleyways wind up the hill to the gardens and sanctuary at the top. Some of the historic buildings, churches, and squares have been restored and there are signs posted telling about them on the tourist itinerary.
  • Madonna della Costa Sanctuary, on the hilltop above la Pigna, can be seen from most places in Sanremo and is a symbol of the city. A beautiful cobblestone mosaic, dating from 1651 leads the way to the sanctuary. The sanctuary dates from the seventeenth century and the dome was erected between 1770 and 1775. Inside are an ornate altar and organ and beautiful paintings and statues from the 17th to 19th centuries.
  • Russian Orthodox Church was finished in 1913, when Sanremo was a popular winter destination of Russians. It's similar to the church of San Basilio in Moscow.
  • Gardens are found in several places. The Gardens of Queen Elena are on top of the hill above La Pigna. The gardens of Villa Zirio, Villa Ormond, Villa Nobeland Palazzo Bellevue are on the east side of town, close to the Porto Sole.
  • Sports: There are several tennis clubs, bicycling, two harbors, a public swimming pool and beaches for swimming.

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