to Nice. S. REMO. 15. Route. 97
erected for protection against Saracen marauders in the 9th and
10th cent. Some of them have lately been removed to make
way for the railway. The next places are S. Stefano, Riva, and
Taggia-Bressano. The road then leads round the Capo Verde to
22 M. S. Remo ("Hotel Victoria, ::H. d'Angleterre, Pen¬
sion Anglaise, 8—9 fr. per diem, all three on the Savona road; H.
Grande Bretagne, "H. Royal, R. 2>|2, B. l'|2, D. 4, A. 1J2, pens. 7
—10 fr., both in the principal street in the lower part of the town; * G r.
Hotel de Londres, on the road to Nice. — Cafe Garibaldi; Caf£
Victoria. — English Church Service; Dr. Rose, Engl, physician), a town
with 10,000 inhab., with a small harbour commanded by a fort.
The older part of the town consists of a curious labyrinth of
lanes, flights of steps, archways, and decaying walls, rising
on the slope of the hill, and surrounded by gardens in terraces.
On a cypress-clad height to the E. rises a white church, sur¬
mounted by a dome, whence a fine view is obtained. On the
r., outside the W. gate of the town , a public garden , planted
with cypresses, palm and orangetrees, etc., has recently been
laid out. S. Remo, which possesses the same advantages of
climate as Mentone, is also frequently resorted to as a winter-
A family here named Bresca is said to have obtained from Pope
Pius V. in 1588 the privilege of sending a vessel annually to Rome laden
with palms, for the decoration of the churches there on Palm Sunday.
This was a reward for a service rendered by an ancestor of the family.
When the pope was superintending the erection by Domenico Fontana of
the great obelisk of the Circus of Nero in the Piazza of St. Peter at Rome.
an operation accomplished by means of 40 windlasses worked by 800 men
and 140 horses, a sudden and most critical stoppage took place. The
sailor Bresca, notwithstanding the severe penalties with which persons
breaking the silence were threatened, shouted: ',Water on the ropes1'
His suggestion was acted upon, and the work successfully completed in
The road passes several plantations of palms, then skirts the
Capo Nero at a considerable height above the sea.
Bordighera (*H6tel d'Angleterre, expensive), situated on a hill
abutting on the sea, consists of the upper and the lower town.
The road leads through the latter only. The former however
commands a magnificent *view of the bay (from the terrace of a
small cafe- near the issue towards Ventimiglia). Around the town
are seen numerous groves of palms (phoenix dactylifera), the dates
of which however have no commercial value. Aloe-plants are
here employed as hedges for the fields. Near Ventimiglia a
chalybeate bath is passed (Hotel des Sources d'Isola Buona),
beyond which the broad and stony bed of the Roja is crossed by
a bridge of eleven arches.
Ventimiglia (Hotel de l'Europe), a place of some importance,
is very picturesquely situated on a hill, and is now the Italian
frontier-fortress. Beyond it the road again ascends. The high¬
est part is defended by fortifications and gates. In descending,
the traveller obtains an extensive view of the French coast. The
rLsDKKER. Italy I. 2nd Edit.