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Stylish Sailing in Sanremo

It cleverly combines

For the real designer wear hit the main street, corso Matteotti; just five minutes from the port, it is 3ping heaven and is bursting with exclusive boutiques. Italian men and women pride themselves on their dress sense and style and Sanremo feeds this frenzy; you will have your fair share of boutiques from which to choose . In the evening dress up to try your luck at the roulette table at the casino, built in 1905. As well as a heart-pacing evening it’s a good excuse to don your shopping acquisitions or a reason to win back the cost of the shopping spree! Sanremo has one of the four casinos in Italy and its Art-Nouveau facade and interior is reminiscent of splendid days gone by resurrected for the lucky elite who pass through its doors. Egyptian King Faruk claimed he could win a poker game by exhibiting just three king figures. “I am the fourth” he would say. Whether you win or lose sink into a negroni and take in the view of the port at The Victory Bar – a sure bet.

You won’t be bored in Sanremo – the town boasts film festivals, theatrical and opera seasons, fashion shows, gala evenings, sports events, sailing, regattas (Sanremo Yacht Club hosts the Springtime Pre-Olympic Criterium, April 14th-16th), international tennis and golf tournaments and of course its famous car rally, the Sanremo Image Jazz Festival, the Sanremo Blues Festival, and last but not least the star studded Italian Song Festival (April 2nd- 4th). Not to mention football matches at the stadium – the Italians love their football. A stone’s throw from your mooring is Sanremo’s 18-hole golf course, Golf degli Ulivi, one of the oldest courses around (built in 1931). You can play golf all year round but beware though the scenic views with holes hovering over the sea make for a distracting round. With perfect mild weather in October (20-22nd) the Sanremo Yacht Club hosts a combined golf and yachting competition.

Another outdoor pursuit, which really allows you to soak up the ambiance of Sanremo stroll along Corso degli Inglesi peeking through gates and wrought iron railings that surround the magnificent nineteenth and twentieth centuries villas. Many are open to the public such as the string of pearls on corso Cavallotti where you will find Villa Zirio at 51, Bellevue Palace at 59 (now the Town Hall), Villa Ormond at 111/113 and last but not least the Villa Nobel, a Moorish-style building and the former home to the famous Swedish scientist Alfred Nobel (from 1891 to 1896) who established the Nobel prizes. Nowadays the villa thrives with prestigious cultural events (often attended by the King of Sweden) and it houses a permanent museum for this great inventor. Indeed a great place for a great man and for us lesser mortals to visit.

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Paula Farquharson is an editor of The Riviera Times newspaper. Originally
from Ireland, she worked in New York and is now based in Nice, France,
where she learned to sail.

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