Travel and Culture in Liguria
Certainly, what impresses you most when you visit Sanremo, is the beauty of the private villas of the Central European nobles, which have survived the urbanization of the Sixties. We want to remind you: the Neo-Gothic Villa Noseda, Villa Anger with its exotic plants, Villa Zirio, residence of the Emperor Frederick III of Germany and Villa Nobel, in Moorish style.
Nevertheless, the dominant style of the town is the Art Nouveau, with its big hotels, as the Riviera Palace (1903) and the Hotel Bellevue, that is the seat of the town hall and the Casino.
A very particular building is the Russian Orthodox Church, that was built at the end of the 19th century, according to the will of Tsarina Maria Alexandrovna, that reminds us of St Basilio’s structure in Moscow.
The oldest buildings are inside the town, as the wonderful late 15th century Borea d’Olmo Palace and the 12th century St Siro’s Basilica, in Romanesque-Gothic style, that was restored in the Baroque period.
Next to the Basilica you can find St John’s Baptistery (1688) and the Ciapella Tower, that is situated in the Eroi Square, a short way from the Pigna, the medieval heart of Sanremo.