Saturday/Sunday February 28th/March 1st:
Fingers crossed, it seems like (at last!) we’ll have a completely sunny weekend ahead. While some people here are looking forward to having one more skiing session, does anyone fancy spending Saturday and/or Sunday on the Azure coast?
The idea is to head to the far west of Liguria and do something similar to what we did two years ago: pay a visit to Menton and have a walk along the old Roman path known as “via Julia Augusta”. Menton (i.e. the first French town after the borders) is a medieval town that is famous for its gardens and, most of all, for the Citrus Festival, that is taking place right now. Legend has it that, after Adam and Eve were thrown out of Paradise, Eve took a lemon with her. Adam, who feared that God may get even angrier, told her to throw the lemon away. And so she did, while they were walking along the Côte d’Azur… and, as a consequence, orchards of lemon trees sprouted in Menton. The plan is then to visit the lemon&orange festival on Sunday.
You may read more about the lemon festival on:
As for Saturday, I would suggest treading the old roman way, between Ventimiglia and Mentone, and visit the Hanbury Gardens (a botanical wonder that lies exactly at mid way between the Italian and the French town). That would also allow us to get around the big problem that we faced two years ago: the legendary queue at the ticket counter of Ventimiglia, for getting the ticket to Mentone.
As for Sunday, we’ll spend the whole day in France: since we’ll have plenty of time (much more than the lemon festival requires), we could walk along the coastal trail or try hitting “Le Turbie” on the “Grand Corniche”: it’s a lookout point on a panoramic path that was built following the line of the Via Julia Augusta, which boasts a colonnade that supposedly marks the frontier between ancient Rome and Gaul
If you come from Genova, you can either decide to come on a day trip or stay overnight. In the latter case, the best bargains are probably:
We slept in Esperia two years ago and had a good stay and breakfast. As for Hotel Corso, it is even cheaper and has a higher rating (but it’s a bit more distant from the train station).
For those who would like to come on a day trip, we could meet at the entrance of Ventimiglia station, either at 2:10pm on Saturday (there’s a bus to the Hanbury Gardens at 2:30pm) or at 10:37am on Sunday (which is when R 10102 arrives). If you come on Saturday, remember that there’s the “Special 2×1″ offer by Trenitalia.. so try to find a travel buddy!
For those who are coming from Milano, I’ll catch
1) Milano Centrale 09:10 – San Remo 12:54 on Saturday
2) 19:15 San Remo – 22:50 Milano Centrale on Sunday
Last but not least, remember the ID card/passport! And if you have
questions/doubts/Hamlet-like dilemmas, my number is +39 329 7203364