The easiest way to reach the Riviera dei Fiori is to fly into Nice, which is 35 minutes from the Italian border.
EasyJet flies to Nice from Belfast, Bristol, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted, Newcasle Bruxelles, Berlin, Dortmund, Paris, Geneve and Basel.
Ryanair flies to Nice from Dublin and to Toulon (1h 30 from Itay) from London Stansted.
The other way is fly to Genoa from London Stansted with Ryanair.
Of course, you can use the traditional Airlines as British Airways, Alitalia, Air France from London City to Nice! , BMI, Aerlingus, etc
On the current issue of “The Italian Magazine” (a magazine published in UK) there is a very well done article by Mrs Leaonne Hall about our region, focused on the Riviera dei Fiori (the “Flowers Riviera”).
“….this area is home to some of Italy’s most stunning hilltop villages, sandiest beaches and best weather….”
“….Sanremo is a lush and verdant place – you’ll find brightly coloured gardens and flowers everywhere…again, the microclimate of the riviera in in evidence at the Ormond Gardens and Nobel Villa, where many species of exotic flowers grow…”
“….Dolceacqua is set on the River Nervia, it has been occupied since the Iron Age, and one of the town’s most famous sites is the Ponte Vecchio, wich was built in the 15th century. The bridge was made famous thanks to a painting by Monet….”
“….Bordighera has always had an affinity with the British, being a prominent resort town during Victorian times, and many aristocratic Brits built art deco holiday home here. Bordighera was the site of Italy’s first ever tennis club, and more evidence of the British presence can be found everywhere, from the Anglican Church to the British cemetery….”
“….It is impossible to mention sanremo without looking at the numerous events hosted here each year…the Sanremo Music festival, the Sanremo rally, the Milan-Sanremo bicycle race, sailing regattas, the Flowers parade….”
So, what are you waiting for ???
Just to remind you why Western Liguria is so special:
Sanremo, 02 November 2007, h. 16.18
Temperature: 19.8°C, Sunny
Today’s Rain: 0.0 mm
Wind: SW at 11.3 kt (perfect for Sailing…)
Just a real example of what is explained below:
Yesterday, with my colleague Anne, I was in Recco (between Genoa and Portofino, Eastern Liguria) for visiting a majestic epoque Villa facing the sea. At 16.00 the weather was: clouds, rain and wind and 12 C°….. 2 hours later in Sanremo: clouds, no rain, no wind, 19 C°….. (these are our normal conditions in Autumn).
Right now in Sanremo:
ore: 18.22 giorno: 31/10/07
||WNW at 2.6 kt
||1017.1 hPa & Rising Rapidly
|21.1°C at 11.43
17.3°C at 0.26
Both Western and Eastern Liguria are generally characterised by a warm temperate climate, though further subdivisions are possible. For instance, along the farthest part of Western Liguria – from Capo Mele to the border with France – you can find even better climatic conditions.
Liguria owns its lovely climate to its peculiar geographical position. It is a natural amphitheatre facing south and shielded from the cold northern winds by the Alps and the northern Apennines. These very same elements influence winter temperatures, especially on Western Liguria where they range between 10° C. and 14° C.
The orography of Liguria influences considerably the pattern and distribution of rains. Eastern Liguria is affected by sirocco winds that cause bad weather conditions, while Western Liguria is affected by westerlies that allow for more settled weather conditions. In particular, when winds blow from north and north-east, temperatures rise considerably and the rate of humidity lowers. At this stage, the weather in Eastern Liguria is cloudy and rainfall is high, while it is lower in Western Liguria rains. From December to February, the area between Capo Mele and the border with France has lower rainfall than Genoa and slightly higher rainfall than the mountainous area between Chiavari and La Spezia -in this area the rainfall total is sometimes similar to the one registered in North-eastern Italy during the same period of time.
In cases of settled weather conditions, Western Liguria is characterised by Levanters (from East) all along its extent to the border with France. Sirocco winds (from South – South-east) are rare. North-west and west winds are also rare because of the Western Alps. This two phenomena are at the basis of the exceptionally lovely climate of the coastal area between Capo Mele and the border with France. And this is why Western Liguria can enjoy a high number of sunny days – equal, or more, to the one in Southern Italy – even during wintertime.
The sea acts as a thermoregulator and thus there are no substantial differences between the minimum temperatures of the two sides of Liguria, though in winter notable differences can be registered between minimum temperatures in seaside resorts – always above zero – and the hinterland – often below zero .
During wintertime, the temperature range is low; the number of sunny hours per day is high; and the rainfall is low. The mountains act as a barrier that shields Western Liguria from disturbance, thus differentiating the climate in these two bordering areas. San Remo and its surroundings (specially Ospedaletti) can actually enjoy a fairly milder climate than nowhere. Snow and harsh temperatures are almost exceptional events in San Remo.