Cristoforo Colombo (GOA) airport in Genoa – served by Ryanair, Alitalia, Volotea, Lufthansa, etc. – is 109 km from Imperia, one and a quarter hours by car, and 140 km from Sanremo (about 2 hours by car).
The Genoa-Ventimiglia line serves the following railway stations: Diano Marina – Imperia – San Lorenzo al Mare – Santo Stefano Riva – Taggia Arma – Sanremo – Ospedaletti Ligure – Bordighera – Vallecrosia – Ventimiglia.
From La Spezia, Genoa and Savona the Riviera dei Fiori can be reached via the SS1, via Aurelia, in a western direction, or alternatively the A12 Genoa-Leghorn (Livorno) motorway as far as Savona. Then take the Genoa-Ventimiglia Autostrada dei Fiori (Flower Motorway). From Turin take the A6, Turin-Savona, and from Savona take the Autostrada dei Fiori.
Riviera Trasporti offers connections among the various towns of the Riviera. Autolinee Volpi links Sanremo to Genoa, Nice airport, Valle d’Aosta and Piedmont.
The Riviera dei Fiori’s cycle and pedestrian path follows the 24 km of the railway line closed in 2001, crossing 8 municipalities of the province of Imperia. It starts out from the municipality of San Lorenzo al Mare and ends at Sanremo. With two wide lanes and good signposting and rest areas, it can be accessed from any of the localities crossed. Every 350 metres the path can be left temporarily in order to visit a village or go down to the beach.
As an alternative to this more ecological trip, a car can be rented to travel to different towns on the Riviera.
Can there be a better place for a spring holiday than Riviera dei Fiori? Thanks to its particularly mild climate and its close ties with flower production, the Riviera is the ideal destination for nature lovers and for those who like cultural tours in very beautiful towns and villages on the coast and inland.
In the summer months travellers are most attracted to the seaside, with long sandy beaches and many activities for sports enthusiasts, from sailing and surfing to snorkelling and canoeing. Mundane pleasures and the Sanremo Casino will not disappoint those out looking for fun.
Clothing should be suitable for sea trips. Even in the spring the mild climate allows you to relax on the beach, so: swimming costume, flip-flops, suntan lotion and a hat. Comfortable shoes and casual clothes when travelling to discover fascinating towns on the Riviera. A few elegant items for special evening events, and leave some room for goods bought shopping in the elegant boutiques of Sanremo.
In Sanremo the average cost of staying in a 3-star hotel is €107 per night, the figure rises to €405 for a 5-star hotel. Sleeping in Imperia in a 3-star hotel costs €95 on average per night.
A meal in a trattoria or pub costs €20-30. If you go for a more elegant restaurant the cost will be €40 and upwards.
As many as four restaurants have been awarded a Michelin star in the province of Imperia: Paolo e Barbara in Sanremo, La Conchiglia in Arma di Taggia, Agrodolce and Sarri in Imperia.
Travelling by train from Imperia to Sanremo costs €3.60; from Imperia to Ventimiglia €4.20.
Ravioli with stockfish: a delicious filling of capers, oregano, lemon rind and naturally stockfish. The ravioli are dressed with a tomato sauce flavoured with smoked tea. Excellent with a Vermentino della Riviera Ligure di Ponente Doc wine, or if you prefer red, with a Rossese di Dolceacqua.
Buiabesa: a classic fish soup typical of Imperia, similar to the bouillabaisse from the nearby Provence region, from which it takes its name. A variety of fish are used: sea bream, smoothhound, redfish, ray, dogfish, reddrum, etc. Herbs and spices and tomatoes are added, and the whole is simmered with white wine until reduced. The soup is accompanied by slices of toasted bread: really delicious!
Triora is a charming town, and has been called the Italian Salem. This is because between 1585 and 1587 there was a real witch hunt. Bagiue (witches in the Ligurian dialect) were accused of having caused famine and the plague, and of child cannibalism. This was one of the cruellest trials against witches in Italy, with 13 women tortured and burnt at the stake. Today Triora is one of Italy’s most beautiful towns, with a magical and mysterious atmosphere, and the presence of the Bagiue can be seen everywhere: statues, in shops and street decorations, with wicker brooms and black cats.
Visit Sanremo Casino, a building in the Liberty Decò style
Go shopping in the elegant Via Matteotti in Sanremo, location of the Ariston theatre
Discover the fascination of Ventimiglia, on the border with the Cote d’Azur
Discover Imperia, the chief town of the Riviera, full of art and beautiful sea views
Go swimming on one of the beaches of Diano Marina, which has both a Mediterranean and exotic feel to it
Have a stroll in San Lorenzo al Mare, a village of fishermen that is now a very beautiful village, to be explored on foot
Visit Dolceacqua, with its renowned Doria Castle and charming bridge on the river Nervia
Relax in the Pigna Spa, whose sulphur waters have very beneficial properties
Discover Apricale, one of Italy’s most beautiful villages, with Lucertola Castle on top
Take a trip into nature, and visit the small lakes of Rocchetta Nervina