PLACES TO VISIT

Rocchetta
This is a pretty village in the hills west of Apricale notable for its pretty bridge and its river ravine with very pleasant rock pools for swimming and cooling the feet. It also has a nice restaurant. The valley above Dolcheaqua forks around Monte Morge, with Apricale in the eastern fork and Rocchetta Nervina in the western, so to get to Rocchetta from Apricale you must head back through Isolabona and make a right turn about a km before Dolcheaqua -- a drive of 20 minutes or so.
San Remo
This was a very swanky resort which peaked in importance just before the First World War, and it has elegant architecture and public squares. It is a pleasant and well signposted coastal drive of 15 km or so east of Ventimiglia. Parking operates mainly via carnets that you buy at kiosks.
Hanbury Gardens
Sir Thomas Hanbury is a big name herabouts (there's even a street named after him in Ventimiglia). He was a rich 19th century English businessman who owned an estate occupying most of Cape Mortola just a few miles west of Ventimiglia on the road to France. The Cape enjoys a very balmy climate and he established a large botanical garden on the steep south-facing slope which he packed with exotic plants from Africa and South America. Well worth a visit for the views alone (although the plants will interest even those who hate gardening). You reach the Gardens at their uphill end (parking can be tricky at busy times) on the old border coast road that seems familiar from countless films and walk through the garden downhill to the sea. There is a cafe at the seahore, but then you've got the steep climb back to your car.





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Rocchetta

Hanbury Gardens