There is no better place to view the panorama of San Remo than from the sea as the city lies in a natural bay bordered by Capo Nero and Capo Verde. The antique heart of San Remo is Pigna. Established around the year 1000 and still mostly intact today, San Remos heart clings to the side of the mountain with its many alleyways and steep streets, all the time being watched over by the Madonna della Costa. If you follow your gaze along the coast, you come to the modern part of San Remo, which was first founded around the turn of the century with the boom in tourism. Back then the face of San Remo was the Bella Epoque, but nowadays the face includes the famous elegant palace and all the villas with their beautiful gardens and parks, whose vegetation is dense and rich. Renovations have kept the buildings and streets in great conditions.
The wonderfully mild climate has pulled the richest and most vip tourists to San Remo for years. The mountains nestled behind San Remo, of which the highest is Monte Bignone at 1300 meters above sea level, protect San Remo from the cool north winds and thus help to make San Remos climate what it is.
There is no shortage of attractions in San Remo. All year around the climate allows for use of the many well equipped sports facilities as well as the well-known golf course and equestrian center. There is also no shortage of harbors, as the yachts are prominent in the two, Porto Vecchio and the modern Portosole.
Fans of shopping will be right at home. There is one boutique after the other in the city center and Tuesdays and Saturdays are the obligatory market days. The weekly market is only a few steps away from the San Siro Cathedral on the Piazza Eroi Sanremesi. And of course one of the main attractions here is the world renowned Casino.
The events calender is full to the brim. Movie festivals, concerts, fashion shows and gala evenings a plenty. For the sports fans we have sailing regattas, canoe tournaments, car, bike and motorboat races of an international caliber, boxing and tennis matches as well as golf and table tennis tournaments. For the intellectual there are author readings, art shows and literary Tuesdays
Last, but not least the music. The festival of the Chansons, the Tenco Prize, the San Remo Jazz festival, the San Remo Blues festival and the world famous Festival della canzone italiana, which was held for the first time on the 29th of January 1951. The festival has been held in the modern Theater Ariston since 1977.
And what would San Remo be without its flowers. Due to its mild climate there are many plants that thrive in this environment, which is why San Remo is known for its beautiful gardens and parks.