As far as most tourists are concerned, the Riviera mainly consists of mountains and beaches. But that does not mean that mountains and beaches are all there is.
In many places, admittedly, the transition from one to the other is rather sudden and immediate.
On the French side of the Riviera (in particular), the mountains can descend fairly steeply into the sea, so one minute on your trip you may hear
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More Riviera gardens to discover!
Read the first collection of Riviera gardens here!
Last week, we surveyed the area east of Monaco and strolled deep into Italy, concentrating on the coast’s “classic” garden country. But the less climatically blessed western part of the Riviera – where the mountains are often further away from the coast and give the cold Alpine winds more room to wreak their winterly havoc – also has its little
… Here are Five More Riviera Gardens to Discover
The Riviera is famous for … well, many things in fact – speed boats, card sharps, minor royals – so it never ceases to surprise me how many of the visitors we meet have explicitly come to see one of the gardens of the Riviera.
I am – to be honest – not a natural garden enthusiast, but have over the years developed an understanding of why many people seem to be so
… How and Where to Discover the Gardens of the Riviera
MEDVIEDENKO Of all the cities you visited when you were abroad, Doctor, which one did you like the best?
TREPLIEFF Why Genoa?
DORN Because there is such a splendid crowd in its streets. When you leave the hotel in the evening, and throw yourself into the heart of that throng, and move with it without aim or object, swept along, hither
… Why Genoa is Like Audrey Hepburn to Me
Hiking in Italy, like so much else in this sweet and lovely country, is by turns an exasperating and wonderful experience.
Whether you are getting one or the other is largely determined by the kind of people who are in charge of the town or municipal district you are visiting.
Some towns could clearly not care less about hiking, to the extent where one can almost physically feel the
… We Took a Wondrous Easy Hike in Noli Italy
I must have advised you several times already that, if you take a trip to the French Riviera, you should combine this with a brief visit to Italy. On my list of suggestions, this is one of the top “Things To Do on the French Riviera” (right behind gate-crashing Brad Pitt’s yacht-warming party at the film festival in Cannes and bankrupting the Monte Carlo Casino).
Ideally, you would go
… Recommended Brief Visit to Italy From the French Riviera
Organized bus trips, for all their benefits, have one major drawback: they are not purpose-made for hiking, and any opportunity they may offer for a walk is purely coincidental At best, you can find the space for a brief excursion, but at worst, you are virtually stuck in the bus for the whole day.
You will see a lot, but mainly through the windows of your vehicle. This is
… How to Go Easy Hiking in the Italian Riviera Backcountry
Riviera gardens are, in a number of ways, like London City churches: there are so many of them that only the truly obsessive can name them all There are enough differences between them for you to visit more than just a single one, while, on the other hand, they are sufficiently similar to invite informed comparisons. And just as the power and the majestic glory of St Paul’s tower above all of the other post-Great-Fire
… Get to the Greatest of All Riviera Gardens
A Walk in Sanremo Professional cycling. Don’t you just love it?
Sprinter Alessandro Petacchi winning Milan-San Remo in 2005
You don’t? Too much lycra, too much sweat running down contorted faces, too much time-where-not-very-much-appears-to-be-happening-at-all?
Races remind you of those depression era dance marathons where the last guy standing wins? Of who-can-hold-his-breath-the-longest contests?
Oh well. That is certainly one way of seeing it. But there is another way, too. Plenty of
… Professional Cycling: Is it Just All Sweat and Lycra?
Savona All beautiful landscapes and areas have one ugly spot: one place where they concentrate all those warehouses, tyre vendors and utilities that they need – like everybody else – but prefer to keep out of sight.
And so, while the glittering towns and beauty spots get themselves ready for the ball (aka the annual tourist season): freshly painted and bejewelled with ancient sites and historic architecture, Cinderella quietly goes about the business
… The Surprise Package of the Italian Riviera