The Italian Riviera
|Land of fascination and meeting place of trade and tourism, the Italian Riviera, a stone's throw from Menton, welcomes you with rustic countryside, flowering hillsides, historical treasures and remnants of a civilisation going back thousands of years. Pleasurable pursuits such as the Vintimiglia market, the Battle of the Flowers and the Sanremo Italian Song Festival will plunge you into a culture and atmosphere that is typically Italian.|
Visit Italy, while still enjoying the comfort and quality offered by a French hotel.
|(55 000 inhabitants, 11 km from the Quality Hotel Méditerranée Menton)|
Vintimiglia is the first Italian town after the French border, it's the entry point to Italy and the start of the Riviera dei Fiori, the town is famous for its history and its market, which attracts tourists from around the world.
Vintimiglia has a rich history. Start at the Balzi Rossi caves, where one can admire some of the most important archeological remains in Italy, visit the old town to admire the historical centre and the San Michele Cathedral, dating from the 12th century and end the tour at the Roman Amphitheatre.
NOT TO BE MISSED!
You cannot talk about Vintimiglia without mentioning the famous Friday market, which every week attracts tourists from around the world. The Vintimiglia market, which takes place on the sea front, is an unforgettable occasion which will leave you with rich, wonderful memories.
You can find all kinds of articles, clothes, shoes, bags "inspired by", food items, leather gloves, without forgetting the end of collection clothes from the large international boutiques, a chance to find top class brands at incredible prices!
Vintimiglia market: Every Friday (even in bad weather) from 7am to 5pm, along the seafront; to get there:
- by train : 10 minutes journey, it's the easiest, quickest and most practical way to go to Vinitmiglia market; for train times, check the SNCF site: www.sncf.fr
- by bus : with bus no 905; departure from Menton bus station, arriving in the town centre 20 minutes later; for the bus times got to the link: www.cg06.fr
|(2 000 inhabitants, distance from Quality Hotel Méditerranée Menton: 20 km) |
PRESENTATION OF DOLDEACQUA
Dolceacqua is a medieval village in the Nervia Valley, stretched along the torrent of the same name. The oldest part, dominated by the Doria Castle, is known as Terra and sits at the foot of the Mount Rebuffao. The most modern part, le Borgo, stretches along the opposite bank on both sides of the road which climbs up the valley.
THE TRADITIONAL FESTIVALS OF DOLCEACQUA
Italian tourist village, Dolceacqua is packed full of restaurants where you can savour Italian specialties. The banks of the Nervia upstream of the village are the ideal place for walks, taking a dip in the natural swimming pools and enjoying the spectacular waterfalls.
On the last Sunday of each month, an organic market is held in the square in front of the church.
- Impossible to leave Dolceacqua without trying the famous "Michetta" a typical local brioche which is celebrated every year on August 16.
- The region is also famous for producing the Rossese di Dolceacqua, a ruby red wine with a registered designation of origin, sweet, aromatic and smooth.
|(10 300 inhabitants, distance from Quality Hotel Méditerranée Menton: 16 km) |
PRESENTATION OF BORDIGHERA
Bordighera is known above all as a tranquil spa town. Bordighera was a luxury destination for the English tourists in the Belle Epoque, which left the town with luxury buildings and villas, which can still be admired the length of the Via Romana. Thanks to the number of British residents, the first tennis club of Italy was founded in 1888.
HISTORY OF BORDIGHERA
Bordighera, known as the "Town of Palm Trees" was a town of considerable historical interest, home to notable figures such as Claude Monet, who produced paintings dedicated to the town in 1884, Clarence Bicknell, one of the most influential figures in the British community of Bordighera and Charles Garnier, the famous French architect, whose majestic villa, Villa Garnier, can still be admired.
THE OLD TOWN – BORDIGHERA ALTA
The old town of Bordighera Alta is also worth a visit. The ancient town with its huge doors, round road, the arcades in Popolo square and the 16th century clock tower, makes an interesting tour.
Many typical restaurants will give you the chance to taste traditional regional delicacies, washed down with local wines with delicate and perfumed bouquets.
|(57 000 inhabitants, distance from Quality Hotel Méditerranée Menton: 36 km)|
SanRemo is known above all for:
- Its flower production, which was for many years the backbone of the local economy,
- Its Casino (Casino di Sanremo) with traditional games: roulette, 30/40, the American games, slot machines, horse racing and video poker.
- The Festival of Italian Songs (Festival della Canzone italiana), which takes place every year in February, is one of the main events of Italian television,
- The Sanremo Rally (in September),
- The finishing line for the Milano-Sanremo bike race (in March).
From a historical viewpoint, Sanremo gives sumptuous examples of architecture of every style from baroque, Art Nouveau, Romanesque and Neoclassical:
WHAT TO SEE IN SAN REMO
- The Pigna: The ancient heart of Sanremo, Pigna has a succession of fascinating areas and astounding views.
- The Russian Orthodox Church,
- San Siro Church(Chiesa di San Siro, Piazza San Siro),
- The sanctuary of Madonna della Costa (Our lady of the Coast).
- The Flower Parade (Corso Fiorito), major event in the town, created in 1904, and takes place every year in March. The procession of floats is always followed by numerous spectators from across Europe.