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Photo Gallery of Alassio
Riviera Ponente, Liguria, Italy.

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ITALIAN RIVIERA TOWNS PHOTO SET
Picture Gallery RT04 - Alassio
Images of Alassio to give a photographic tour of this Ponente Riviera seaside town.
Recommended time needed: allow at least a half day.
Suggestions: Few places can offer the sea and the mountains so close. Walk the beautiful promenade next to the azure seas and return through the maze of narrow streets of small shops, restaurants and cafes. Sandy beaches and olive tree covered trails embrace your enthusiasm to savour this magnificent stretch of coast.
Many legends have grown up around the origins of Alassio, a renowned seaside resort on the Western Riviera: one of them links it with the name of Adelasia, the daughter of Otto I, who is supposed to have taken refuge with her husband, Aleramo, on the banks of the large bay between Capo Mele and Capo Santa Croce. The first inhabitants came down to the sea from the high regions in mediaeval times. It belonged to the Gallinara Benedictines and then became a municipality of Albenga until gradually falling under Genoese influence. The impressive defence system started to be built in the sixteenth century. In the old town you will notice some ancient noble residences, such as the Palazzo dei Marchesi di Ferrero and the Palazzi of Brea, Morteo and Scofferi. The railway station is built in turn-of-the-century style and has Art Nouveau decor and furnishings.


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 Xtrallusion photo gallery of Italy. Photos, pictures, images and photographs of the Italian Rivieras, the Italian Lakes, the Italian Alps, the Cinque Terre, the Amalfi coast and some of the most beautiful corners of Italy. Plus photos of Italian cities such as Pisa, Milan, Genoa and Rome.

 Xtrallusion photo gallery of Italy. Photos, pictures, images and photographs of the Italian Rivieras, the Italian Lakes, the Italian Alps, the Cinque Terre, the Amalfi coast and some of the most beautiful corners of Italy. Plus photos of Italian cities such as Pisa, Milan, Genoa and Rome.

 Xtrallusion photo gallery of Italy. Photos, pictures, images and photographs of the Italian Rivieras, the Italian Lakes, the Italian Alps, the Cinque Terre, the Amalfi coast and some of the most beautiful corners of Italy. Plus photos of Italian cities such as Pisa, Milan, Genoa and Rome.

 Xtrallusion photo gallery of Italy. Photos, pictures, images and photographs of the Italian Rivieras, the Italian Lakes, the Italian Alps, the Cinque Terre, the Amalfi coast and some of the most beautiful corners of Italy. Plus photos of Italian cities such as Pisa, Milan, Genoa and Rome.

 Xtrallusion photo gallery of Italy. Photos, pictures, images and photographs of the Italian Rivieras, the Italian Lakes, the Italian Alps, the Cinque Terre, the Amalfi coast and some of the most beautiful corners of Italy. Plus photos of Italian cities such as Pisa, Milan, Genoa and Rome.

 Xtrallusion photo gallery of Italy. Photos, pictures, images and photographs of the Italian Rivieras, the Italian Lakes, the Italian Alps, the Cinque Terre, the Amalfi coast and some of the most beautiful corners of Italy. Plus photos of Italian cities such as Pisa, Milan, Genoa and Rome.

 Xtrallusion photo gallery of Italy. Photos, pictures, images and photographs of the Italian Rivieras, the Italian Lakes, the Italian Alps, the Cinque Terre, the Amalfi coast and some of the most beautiful corners of Italy. Plus photos of Italian cities such as Pisa, Milan, Genoa and Rome.

 Xtrallusion photo gallery of Italy. Photos, pictures, images and photographs of the Italian Rivieras, the Italian Lakes, the Italian Alps, the Cinque Terre, the Amalfi coast and some of the most beautiful corners of Italy. Plus photos of Italian cities such as Pisa, Milan, Genoa and Rome.

 Xtrallusion photo gallery of Italy. Photos, pictures, images and photographs of the Italian Rivieras, the Italian Lakes, the Italian Alps, the Cinque Terre, the Amalfi coast and some of the most beautiful corners of Italy. Plus photos of Italian cities such as Pisa, Milan, Genoa and Rome.

 Xtrallusion photo gallery of Italy. Photos, pictures, images and photographs of the Italian Rivieras, the Italian Lakes, the Italian Alps, the Cinque Terre, the Amalfi coast and some of the most beautiful corners of Italy. Plus photos of Italian cities such as Pisa, Milan, Genoa and Rome.

 Xtrallusion photo gallery of Italy. Photos, pictures, images and photographs of the Italian Rivieras, the Italian Lakes, the Italian Alps, the Cinque Terre, the Amalfi coast and some of the most beautiful corners of Italy. Plus photos of Italian cities such as Pisa, Milan, Genoa and Rome.

 Xtrallusion photo gallery of Italy. Photos, pictures, images and photographs of the Italian Rivieras, the Italian Lakes, the Italian Alps, the Cinque Terre, the Amalfi coast and some of the most beautiful corners of Italy. Plus photos of Italian cities such as Pisa, Milan, Genoa and Rome.
Alassio - Photo Gallery 01
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Alassio, Province of SAVONA

The parish church of Sant'Ambrogio was built in the fifteenth century on the site of a tenth-century building. It preserves many valuable works such as paintings by Giovanni Andrea De Ferrari and Bernardo Castello. The church of the Santissima Annunziata in the district of Solva dates from 1382 but was rebuilt a century later: it has some interesting fresco work depicting the seven deadly sins and hell. The sanctuary of Maria Santissima on Monte Tirasso was built in the thirteenth century and was later given the name of the sanctuary of the Madonna della Guardia. It is a traditional place of devotion of sailors and contains many votary objects related to life at sea.
The "muretto" in Alassio is famous for the end-of-summer beauty contest; the paving stones on the seafront promenade are signed by famous people from the world of sport and show business.
Alassio beach stretches for a distance of 3700 metres. The sand is composed of quartz, silicates and chalk and is of a very fine consistency. One rare feature of this seaside resort is that the water remains very shallow for a long way out.
There are many excellent local sports facilities: the sports centre, swimming pool, minigolf, tennis, the five horse-racing tracks and many other attractions. The leisure port can berth up to 400 boats. The surrounding area is of interest from both a historical and natural point of view: you can follow the ancient Via Julia Augusta, visit the old districts of Santa Croce and Solva, and follow the 25 well-marked pathways up to the higher areas. The typical sweet specialities of Alassio are called "baci" and "biscette".
Travel Hint: Travelling along the Italian Riviera to visit Liguria's coastal towns and cities is recommended by train - they are frequent, comfortable and generally on time. They also take you into the resort centres and give you an additional perspective and 'flavour' of Italian life. The car by contrast is not quite as practical and ideal as first appears. There are basically two roads along the Riviera, the 'autostrada' and the 'Aurelia'. Italian 'autostrada' can be fairly stressed environments and the coastal road (via Aurelia) is pretty in parts but very slow, passing through every little seaside town. Additionally, parking in most Ligurian coastal towns is not in abundance and can take much longer to find a space than ever imagined - during most of the year, not just in summer. With car-hire, petrol, motorway tolls and parking charges, the car soon becomes an expensive and less than ideal way of getting around - and more often than not, slower overall than the journey by train.
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Adventure, activity and walking holidays in Italy on the Italian Rivieras. Independent, escorted and self guided walking holidays in Liguria, Italy - plus paragliding, 4x4 and skiing holidays. Come and discover the undiscovered and allow yourself to be charmed by Italy's beautiful Ligurian Rivieras. Visit and explore mountains, mediterranean rivieras and one of Italy's lesser known regions - on foot, by 4x4, with paraglider or on skis.
Enjoy relaxed, independent walking holidays in Italy along the Italian Rivieras using self-guided itineraries. Explore the beautiful mediterranean countryside and coastal mountains by foot taking in some of the regions most famous and magnificent towns and coast - the Cinque Terre, Portofino, Genova (Genoa), Santa Margherita, Rapallo, San Fruttuoso, Camogli, Chiavari, Sestri Levante, Vernazza, Manarola, Riomaggiore, Monterosso al Mare, Corniglia, Portovenere, Savona, Spotorno, Noli, Finale, Alassio, Imperia, San Remo and it's national parks to name but a few.
Whatever you look for in the great outdoors, the region of Liguria in northern Italy, is a paradise for independent walking, hiking, mountain walking, coastal walking, and simply exploring the regions characteristic seaside towns and fishing villages - in spring, summer, autumn and winter. Liguria, an intense flavour of Italy in one of Europe's most unique 'sea and mountain' locations.

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