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San Remo - quiet Italian town or loud Monte Carlo wannabe?

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San Remo - quiet Italian town or loud Monte Carlo wannabe?

Hi there.

My fiancee and I are planning our honeymoon. We've been to Italy before and loved it, and the San Remo area looks perfect location wise. However, I'm slightly concerned after reading some reviews saying it's a bit of a wannabe Monte Carlo. We certainly want somewhere where we can sit up late sharing a bottle or two of wine, but we don't want nightclub dominated places at all. Does the presence of the casino create this feel at all?

I think I may be being paranoid about this, as with the market, sea front, cycle routes etc, it otherwise sounds a perfect place to spend 10 days for pure R&R.

Would welcome any thoughts.


Ed Ludlow

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1. Re: San Remo - quiet Italian town or loud Monte Carlo wannabe?

Not a Monte Carlo wannabee - it was this in the 1920s and 30s, in fact was then probably more prestigious as a resort than Monte Carlo. But it never properly recovered after WW2. Many of its former luxury hotels are now blocks of flats, and some of the remainder have something of an air of faded glory about them.

These days it's a fairly ordinary resort aiming largely at the italian market, with some north Europeans and Russians but few English speakers except day-trippers and a few coach parties passing through.

Certainly there are a few expensive restaurants and clubs - it has a marina full of very expensive yachts and these people like to be catered for. But my impression over the years is that more people complain about it being downmarket and messy with lots of traffic and poor beaches than complain about it trying to be upmarket.

I like Sanremo myself - but it is what it is.

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