The town blossomed at the end of the nineteenth century, with elegant villas, fragrant gardens and sumptuous hotels. Today, with their striking Art Nouveau architecture, these hotels still typify that image. A splendid example of Sanremo's architectural style is the famous Art Nouveau Municipal Casino building of Eugenio Ferret.
The town still has an old quarter, known as "Pigna", that corresponds to the medieval village, with many narrow lanes and houses dating back to the XIII century.
Don't miss the XIII-XIV century "Collegiata di San Siro", the Romanesque-Gothic cathedral whose portal boasts a pointed arch, mullioned windows and central rose window. Inside the church are paintings and sculptures from the 1500s, while the adjacent medieval baptistery, rebuilt in the Baroque period, is also interesting.
The Russian Orthodox Church, with its numerous multi-coloured cupolas, is also of artistic interest, as is the Museo Archeologico (Archaeological Museum) in the XVII century Palazzo Borea.
The most important event in the city is without doubt the historic Italian Song Festival, which has become one of the best-known shows of the whole country, although many other events also take place in Sanremo.
Staying in the world of the arts, the "Premio Tenco" for songwriting and the Sanremo Jazz and Blues Festival are also highlights.
Another important event is "Sanremo in fiore" (Sanremo in flower), dedicated to one of the symbols of the city.
Of course, classic sporting events such as the car rally and the famous Milan-Sanremo cycle race should not be forgotten either.
However, Sanremo is not only the Festival or the Casino. Maybe not everyone knows that in the City of Flowers, thanks to the exceptionally mild climate, it is possible to practise many sports throughout the year. These include golf, tennis, horse racing and shooting.