Top things to do in Riviera di Ponente

Gardens in Ventimiglia

Giardini Botanici Hanbury

Established in 1867 by English businessman Sir Thomas Hanbury, the 18-hectare Villa Hanbury estate is planted with 5800 botanical species from five continents, including cacti, palm groves and citrus orchards. Today…
Ligurian in Savona

Casa della Panizza

This is the real deal – a perpetually busy back alley kitchen where salt cod or borage fritelle (fritters), panizza and farinata from both chickpea and chestnut flour are fried before your eyes and the banter flies …
Modern Italian in Dolceaqua

Casa e Bottega

Join the fashionably dressed French-border hoppers at this stylishly bucolic, all-day restaurant, cafe, homewares shop and general village epicentre. Lunch and dinner dishes are fresh, bold reworkings of local dishe…
Fortress in Savona

Fortezza del Priamàr

Among Savona's treasures to survive destruction by Genoese forces in the 16th century is the lumbering Fortezza del Priamàr. This imposing fortress guards a couple of sculpture museums and the Civico Museo Storico A…
Museum in Pegli

Museo Navale

Maritime matters are covered in a former residence of the Doria clan, with an exhibition of models, photographs and other reminders of the days when Genoa sported a significant sea force, from the 15th to the 19th c…
Gallery in Savona

Pinacoteca Civica Savona

The city pinacoteca has an important collection of religious paintings dating from the 14th to 15th centuries, including a Madonna and child by Taddeo di Bartolo, along with two Picassos.
Museum in Savona

Civico Museo Storico Archeologico

Part of the imposing Fortezza del Priamàr, there's a small but interesting collection of local archaeological finds housed here.
Historic Site in San Remo

Bussana Vecchia

Ten kilometres northeast of San Remo lies an intriguing artists' colony. On Ash Wednesday 1887, an earthquake destroyed the village of Bussana Vecchia. It remained a ghost town until the 1960s, when artists and coun…
Ligurian in Ventimiglia

Pasta & Basta

Duck into the underpass near the seafront on the border side of town to the perpetually redeveloping port area where you'll find Pasta & Basta. Various house-made fresh pasta can be mixed and matched with a larg…
Casino in San Remo

Il Casinò Municipale

San Remo's belle époque casino, one of only four in Italy, was dealing cards when Vegas was still a waterhole in the desert. The building dates from 1905 and was designed by Parisian architect Eugenio Ferret. Slot m…