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Ventimiglia or San Remo for daytrip to Italy

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Ventimiglia or San Remo for daytrip to Italy

We would like to take a daytrip by train to Italy. Are these the best two to choose from? We are interested in markets (what days?) shopping and maybe just soaking up the atmosphere. Any other suggestions? Must be no more than a 1.5 hour train trip for nice.

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1. Re: Ventimiglia or San Remo for daytrip to Italy

I think you will find San Remo more interesting

there is a big Friday market at Ventimiglia but not worth the trouble in my view

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2. Re: Ventimiglia or San Remo for daytrip to Italy

Ventimiglia has the bigger open-air market (400 stalls) on Fridays, and is connected directly to Nice by half-hourly trains taking a little under 50 minutes.

Sanremo's market is on Wednesdays and Saturdays and is smaller (230 stalls), though its adjacent covered food market (like Ventimiglia's open every morning except Sunday) is much larger. To get to San Remo requires a change of train at Ventimiglia, or the slower but more frequent bus (buy bus tickets in station bar) which also drops you off nearer the market. If the train connections work perfectly you can get to Sanremo in less than 90 minutes - but don't count on it.

There is also Bordighera's Thursday market - right by the train station, or a much shorter bus journey than to Sanremo. This is the same size as San Remo's, but much more pleasantly situated all along the seafront.

Edited: 01 December 2010, 11:38
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3. Re: Ventimiglia or San Remo for daytrip to Italy

"To get to San Remo requires a change of train at Ventimiglia,"

Is there no longer the fast train (about 70 mins) to San Remo from Nice? That's the train I've always taken, and there was no change of train required. Has that service been stopped?

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4. Re: Ventimiglia or San Remo for daytrip to Italy

The direct trains to San Remo and on to Genoa and Milan were cancelled a year ago (unless, which I suspect is unlikely, they return in next year's timetable which not yet available). A change is now always necessary at Ventimiglia.

Edited: 02 December 2010, 23:35
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5. Re: Ventimiglia or San Remo for daytrip to Italy

Ah, thank you. That's such a pity. I always went to San Remo via that train from Nice - it was fast, cheap, and an enjoyable way to have a day trip in Italy. The longer journey and need to change trains makes it less enticing. :(

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6. Re: Ventimiglia or San Remo for daytrip to Italy

I would agree with others that San Remo is more interesting, with better choice of shops, cafes and restaurants. Also a bit prettier.

Last year my wife and I did an overnight stay from Nice, which might be worth considering. We got a great deal at the Best Western, and on arrival the receptionist presented us with two 20 Euro vouchers for the Casino, which is just beside the hotel. We also got a free room upgrade (well, it was January!). Having said that, the Casino is fairly functional and while interesting to visit and have a flutter, it is a bit depressing to see so many older people feeding the slots.

Be aware that everything is pretty well shut on Mondays, and also be careful where you choose to eat: we had great lunch and a terrible evening meal, but then found an excellent wine bar near the seafront. It definitely feels less orientated towards tourists than the Cote d'Azur, but then I suppose that's to be expected. The locals were all very friendly.

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