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The narrow arc of the Riviera is vertiginously backed by the Maritime Alps, and along this well-sheltered strip of land there is an exceptionally mild microclimate.
It is arguably the prettiest, most flower-filled stretch of Italian coast.
Punctuated more-or-less in the middle by the historic city of Genoa, it is a shoreline very much of two halves. But if you want great weather and beach action, head to the Riviera di Ponente. Westernmost, the Riviera dei Fiori is so-called because of the flower-growing industry in the area.
The western sector is known as the Riviera di Ponente, the coast of the setting sun, and has relatively wide beaches and lush landscapes. Highlights here include the attractive little town of Ventimiglia with its pebble beach and lively Friday market – excellent for leather bags and belts, though there are frequent crackdowns on the counterfeit goods trade.
San Remo's Royal Hotel, inaugurated in 1872, offers a blend of nostalgic grandeur and modern comfort (00 39 0184 5391; ; doubles from €253 including breakfast).
East again, you reach olive country around the town of Imperia, an amalgam of two old ports, while beyond lies Diano Marina with a long sandy beach and a cheerful summer buzz.
Pretty Alassio offers a 3km sweep of sands dotted with deck chairs and beach umbrellas.
ISCH acknowledge the traditional owners of this land, the Yalukit Willam clan of the Boon Wurrung people and pay our respects to their elders both past and present.
We acknowledge and uphold their continuing relationship to this land.
Other must-see attractions include the colourful covered market, set in the former cloisters of an 18th-century church on Via XX Settembre (7.30am-1pm and 3.30-6pm daily except Sunday); and the black-and-white striped cathedral, Duomo di San Lorenzo (daily 6am-noon and 3-7pm; admission free), which dates from the 12th century and contains a series of ornate chapels – the Renaissance Capella di San Giovanni Battista is especially fine. The jewel of the Italian Riviera is the sumptuous fishing village of Portofino, east of Genoa.
Amazingly little has changed from the Sixties when Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra were among those holidaying there.
You can even see dolphins, who frequently romp in the clear waters just beyond the village.