94 Route 14. PEGLI.
attractions are the Mausoleum, the remains of an ancient Roman
burial-place, a stalactite grotto (with a subterranean piece of water,
over which visitors are conveyed by a boat; fee !/2 fr.), beneath
the bridge a striking glimpse of the lighthouse of Genoa and the
sea; kiosks in the Pompeian, Turkish, and Chinese style, obelisk,
fountains, etc. may also be inspected. The gardens also contain
a few examples of the coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, pepper, sugar¬
cane, camphor, and other plants, which will interest the visitor.
Pegli (Grand Hotel de la Mediterranee, well spoken of;
Hotel Gargini, both facing the sea. Hotel Michel, opp. the
station, dear), a small ship-building town, with 4000 inhab.,
is much resorted to as a sea-bathing place, especially by Italians.
15. From Genoa to Nice by the Riviera di Ponente.
95 M. Steamboat (French Co. Fraissinet, office in the Piazzi Banchi)
in 8—10 hrs., on Mond. and Frid. at 8 p. m.; fares 27i 2 or Yll[i fr. Also
(Italian Co. Peirano d'Annovaro) on Mond., Wed. and Frid. at 9 p, m., re¬
turning from Nice on Tuesd., Thursd., and Sat. at 9 a. m. ; fares, incl. din¬
ner, 32i|2 or 22i|2 fr. — Since the opening of the railways between Genoa and
Savona, and between Mentone and Nice, the Land Journey by the cele¬
brated Route de la Corniche along the charming Riviera di Ponente is far
preferable to the steamboat voyage. Railway to Savona in 2'|2 hrs.; fares
4 fr. 85, 3 fr. 40, 2 fr. 45 c. The line between Savona and Mentone is par¬
tially finished, but will probably not be opened for several years. After a
delay of l'|2 hr. passengers are conveyed hence to Mentone by the diligen¬
ces of the French Messageries Imperiales (afternoon and evening
only; office at Genoa in the Piazza Brignole, nearly opp. the palace of that
name, where through-tickets to Nice can be obtained: 1st cl. by rail, and
coupe" of diligence 45, 1st cl. and inte'rieur or banquette 38 fr.; office at Sa¬
vona in the Albergo Svizzero). The diligence journey from Savona to Men-
tone occupies 15 hrs. Travellers who pay one-half more for their tickets
may break their journey wherever they please, and resume it on the follow¬
ing day. — Carriages require two days for the journey from Savona to
Mentone. Charge for two-horse carr. 100—120 fr. (the 'cabriolet', or front
seat with hood, must be expressly included in the bargain); one-horse carr.
80 fr. (sufficient for 2 pers. with moderate luggage). The first demands of
the voituriers are generally exorbitant. Travellers by carr. are recommended
to spend the night at Oneglia (p. 96). The midday train should be taken
from Genoa to Savona, in order that all the necessary arrangements may
be made on the day previous to starting for Mentone. — Railway from
Mentone to Nice in l'|4 hr., fares 2 fr. 80, 2 fr. fO, 1 fr. 55 c.
With regard to the rail, and dilig. communication in the reverse direc¬
tion, comp. p. 102.
This journey is extremely attractive. The road affords the most de¬
lightful succession of charming and varied landscapes, traversing bold and
lofty promontories, wooded hills, and richly cultivated plains near the coast.
At some places the road passes precipitous and frowning cliffs, the bases of
which are lashed by the surf of the Mediterranean, whilst the summits are
crowned with the venerable ruins of towers, erected in bygone ages for pro¬
tection against pirates. At other places extensive plantations of olives, with
their grotesque and gnarled stems, bright green pine-forests, and most luxu¬
riant growths of figs, vines, citrons, oranges, oleanders, myrtles, and aloes
meet the view. Numerous palms too occasionally diversify the landscape
(at S. Remo and Bordighera). Many of the towns are picturesquely situated
on gently sloping heights (Porto Maurizio, S. Remo, Bordighera, Ventimi-
glia); others, commanded by ancient strongholds and castles, are perched