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  • La Pigna in Sanremo - From Bottom to Top

    La Pigna in Sanremo - From Bottom to Top

    Stepping through Porta di Santo Stefano is like following Alice down the rabbit hole. The visitor is immediately immersed in a tangle of narrow, enclosed alleyways that is La Pigna the old town of Sanremo on the Italian Riviera. Once through the thickness of the old city walls the local grocery shop emerges out of the gloom. This old city gate is one of the main entrances into La Pigna, the original medieval town of Sanremo and now a district of the thriving modern town ...

  • A Memorable Encounter in Bordighera on the Italian Riviera

    A Memorable Encounter in Bordighera on the Italian Riviera

    I was perplexed. The signs I had been following had petered out for a third time. As I stood on the hill above the Porta Sottana inside the old town of Bordighera two distinguished gentleman entered the old town. For a split second they were perfectly framed by the old gate. Without thinking I raised my camera and pressed the shutter. After a brief conversation the two men parted and the one pushing an antiquated bicycle walked towards me. As he drew level with me he asked if I had taken a photo ...

  • Sanremo on the Italian Riviera

    Sanremo on the Italian Riviera

    Before I visited Sanremo (also spelt San Remo) I was unaware that Italy had a Riviera ...

  • Celebrations on the Italian Riviera

    Celebrations on the Italian Riviera

    Not even I am immune to the buzz of excitement that ripples through a crowd when a famous personage is around. A metallic Aston Martin Vanquish parked outside the casino was attracting a lot of interest and keeping the doorman on his toes …

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