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From Sestri Levante to Saint-Raphaël

Scenic Route · Genova
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  • Noli, a precious spot on the Italian coastline
    / Noli, a precious spot on the Italian coastline
    Photo: Alessandro Vecchi, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
  • / Views of Genoa from the port
    Photo: Hedwig Storch, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
  • / Castello Borelli
    Photo: Hartmut Wimmer, Outdooractive Premium
  • / View of Borghetto Santo Spirito from Castello Borelli
    Photo: Hartmut Wimmer, Outdooractive Premium
  • / Costarainera
    Photo: Agenzia Nazionale del Turismo ENIT
  • / Cipressa
    Photo: Agenzia Nazionale del Turismo ENIT
  • / Sanremo, a popular tourist destination at Italian Riviera
    Photo: Jose Antonio, CC0, Wikimedia Commons
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The second stage takes you to the most stunning port cities and fishing villages of Western Italy
Distance 371.1 km
5:58 h
5,426 m
5,424 m
This tour leads you alongside the picturesque coastline of Liguria. Via Aurelia winds along the Ligurian Riviera and offers spectacular views of  the original and unspoiled Italian coast. Passing by small towns such as Cipressa, Costarainera and Noli with their natural beauty you’ll get a sense of La Dolce Vita and of what living on the coast feels like. Quite different are the bigger cities of Genoa and Sanremo with their busy streets and Mediterranean flair. This is where natives gather and make the streets come alive with their casual chatter and vitality.

Author’s recommendation

Don't miss the chance to explore the small town of Noli, a traditional and authentic fishing village at the Ligurian Riviera. Fortunately it’s still quite unknown and more of a insider tip, so you won’t find huge crowds of tourists here.  
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Wolfgang Paulus
Update: December 04, 2017
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Safety information

Please check road conditions before starting the tour.

Start

Sestri Levante, Via Antica Romana Orientale (8 m)
Coordinates:
DD
44.269957, 9.417383
DMS
44°16'11.8"N 9°25'02.6"E
UTM
32T 533311 4901941
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Destination

Saint Raphaël , Place Sadi Carnot

Turn-by-turn directions

From Sestri Levante we heading north and change onto SS 1 which leads along the coastline. After 8 km we pass by Lavagna and Chiavari, reaching Rapallo after further 15 km. By Recco (9 km) we reach Genoa which is at about 30 km from Recco. We pass by Arenzano and Cogoleto and reach the small town of Noli after further 35 km. At that point, Finale Ligure lies just 12 km ahead of us. We keep on following SS 1 and reach Sanremo after about 80 km. After 25 km, SS 1 leads us straight to the French border. Now we change onto “D 6007“ and pass by Menton, then we change onto the motorway A 8. Crossing La Trinité, we head further into the French heartland. After 20 km we turn southwards onto M 6202. After further 5 km we return to A 8 and follow the motorway for about 30 km until Mandelieu-la-Napoule. Then we change onto the D 6098 which leads us straight onto D 599 which reaches Saint-Raphaël, the second stage, after 20 km aproximately.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

From the bus station Fioranello/appia at the airport of Rome-Ciampino you need no take the bus line 720 to Laurentina until the last station (duration: about 40 min.), then change to line 31 in direction of Clodio until Anastasio li/ richelmy (duration: further 40 min.). Then you have to walk about 200 meters until Via Sant‘Agatone Papa (total duration: 85 minutes). From there you need to get to Sestri Levante via the first stage of the Via Aurelia tour.

Getting there

Starting from the airport of Rome-Ciampino, we take Via Appia Nuova (SS 7) and Viale di Porta Ardeatina heading for Piazzale Ostiense, then we continue by Via Anastasio II until Via Sant’Agatone Papa (total duration: about one hour; total length: 20 km aprox.). From there you need to get to Sestri Levante via the first stage of the Via Aurelia tour.

Parking

You’ll find parking lots within the cities and small towns along the route.

Coordinates

DD
44.269957, 9.417383
DMS
44°16'11.8"N 9°25'02.6"E
UTM
32T 533311 4901941
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

For the stopovers along the road you’ll need sturdy shoes with a good profile, warm clothes and rainwear.

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Distance
371.1 km
Duration
5:58 h
Ascent
5,426 m
Descent
5,424 m
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