San Remo, the capital of the Italian Riviera of Flowers, the city of eternal spring
The well-known San Remo Music and Flower Festival is a leitmotif of postcards from San Remo.
We took a local bus to the capital of the Riviera of Flowers, the city of eternal spring, San Remo, doing a little sightseeing along the way.
The bus driver convinced us that San Remo is indeed the city of rallies. But, despite this wild ride we managed to admire the picturesque scenery surrounding us: lovely Diano Marina and charming Imperia with beautiful villas, promenades and a marina which leaves a magnificent impression.
The well-known San Remo Music and Flower Festival is a leitmotif of postcards from San Remo. Owing to its geographic location between the Ligurian Sea and the Maritime Alps and its mild climate, this city is the largest flower production and trade center in entire Italy so it is deservedly named the city of flowers and eternal spring.
According to certain documents and testimonies, when the Russian aristocracy discovered this city in a large cove between the Black and the Green Cape, it soon transformed from a fishing port into a world known tourist destination.
Gone are the days when Tchaikovsky and the Russian Empress Maria Alexandrovna, Elizabeth of Austria, the Russian Emperor Nikolai II, Alfred Nobel and the famous writer Italo Calvino walked the streets of San Remo.
Charm and luxury
Charm and luxury are nowadays present in few grand hotels, as well as in a casino, elegant villas (Nobel, Ormond), beautiful Mediterranean gardens.
If you want to be noticed in San Remo, take a walk along the main promenade named Giacomo Matteotti Promenade, where you can see many bronze plates of the music festival winners, luxurious hotels, restaurants, shops, the City Museum where personal items belonging Giuseppe Garibaldi are kept.
At the end or at beginning of the promenade there is a festival hall Teatro Ariston where the Music Festival is held as of 1977 (prior to this it used to be organized in San Remo Casino).
The notable Russian Church of St Nikolai
The notable Russian Church of St Nikolai arouses deep emotions. This is the place where the exiled Montenegrin king Nikola I Petrović and queen Milena were buried; their daughter Jelena Savojska was the Italian queen and the wife of the last Italian king Victor Emmanuel III. When we visited San Remo this beautiful church was closed due to reconstruction.
At sunset, the medieval part of the city surrounding San Siro Square, and stretching towards La Pina quarter looks wonderful: arched, winding streets, ending in small squares with churches, decorated with flower stands, with sunrays and shadows of stone walls giving this part of town an oriental vibe.
The city is, as expected, full of flowers, greenery and magnificent parks which lead to France, and in Ventimiglia (near the border), in the botanical garden of Hanbury Villa, 5,800 tropical plants are grown.
The railway station leaves a special impression due to its unusual architecture.
If you ask me, charming San Remo stays in the shadow of Cervo. You can read more about Cervo in the following article: http://pslanguagecafe.com/romanticni-cervo-zvanicno-jedno-od-najlepsih-sela-italije/
Author: Rada Sević
Translation: Marija Đurđević