Once upon a time, an unsightly train line ran on the sinuous coastline between San Lorenzo al Mare and Ospedaletti, looming large and metallic over the cobalt sea. Several years and an enlightened administration later, the railway line has been moved inland, and the former tracks have been turned into a 24-km route open to ramblers and cyclists.
The views along the way are enchanting, with verdant trees and pretty villages on one side and wavelets lapping the foot of the trail on the other. Four large terraces allow visitors to rest and make the most of the panorama. Bikes are available to rent at either end of the track, making it perfect for families and occasional cyclists. Die-hard ones, though, can continue on to the 2,000 km of the Alpi del Mare route, which starts from sea level and climbs all the way up the mountains.
The re-use of the railroad (closed in september 2001) had been promoted already to the beginning of the 1999 from the territorial Plan of the coast, in parallel with the movement to mount, of the railway line from Ospedaletti to San Lorenzo al Mare Area24 was constituted in 2002 as a society of scope for the purchase of the areas of the former railroad. In December 2003 the property of the railroad passed from Ferrovie Real Estate spa to Regione Liguria and subsequently in January 2004 to Area24 and to Comune of Sanremo for the sites situated in its own territory .The re-use of the freed areas is an important strategic occasion for the urban requalification.
Between the previewed initiatives the greater plan is a cycling track.
Currently the jobs of the cycling track are going to be completed between San Lorenzo and Sanremo, beyond the construction of Inter parkings in Taggia and Santo Stefano al Mare. Some features of the track between San Lorenzo and Sanremo was opened in July 2008.
The other proposals, public that private, contemplate the realization of:
sport systems and green public areas
recovery of the access to the sea
the defence and the increase of the surface of useful shoreline to the bathing
realization of structures for the tourist hospitality
improvement of road conditions and local transports