8 days in Province of Imperia & Monaco Itinerary

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Dolceacqua, Italy
— 3 nights
Fontvieille, Monaco
— 4 nights


Dolceacqua, Italy — 3 nights

Dolceacqua is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Imperia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 120km southwest of Genoa and about 35km west of Imperia, on the border with France. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo della Resistenza and Museo delle erbe, Cosio di Arroscia. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Castello dei Doria and Centro Storico di Vallebona. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dolceacqua: Museo della Lavanda (in Carpasio), Santuario della Madonna di Lampedusa (in Castellaro) and Museo di Triora Etnografico e della Stregoneria (in Triora). There's much more to do: take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Madonna Assunta, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario di Nostra Signora del Santo Sepolcro e di Maria Bambina, and make a trip to Dolceacqua.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Dolceacqua day trip app.

Genoa to Dolceacqua is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Fontvieille.
Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks
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Fontvieille, Monaco — 4 nights

Fontvieille is the southernmost ward in the Principality of Monaco. Kids will enjoy Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III. Popular historic sites such as Prince's Palace and Casino Square are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Gardens, kick back and relax at Larvotto Beach, and Head underground at Jardin Exotique de Monaco.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Fontvieille online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Dolceacqua to Fontvieille in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
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Province of Imperia travel guide

Landmarks · Castles · Nightlife
Imperia is a coastal city and comune in the region of Liguria, Italy. It is the capital of the province of Imperia, and historically it was capital of the Intemelia district of Liguria. Mussolini created the city of Imperia on 21 October 1923 by combining Porto Maurizio and Oneglia and the surrounding village communes of Piani, Caramagna Ligure, Castelvecchio di Santa Maria Maggiore, Borgo Sant'Agata, Costa d'Oneglia, Poggi, Torrazza, Moltedo and Montegrazie.Imperia is well known for the cultivation of flowers and olives, and is a popular summer destination for visitors. The local Piscina Felice Cascione indoor pool has hosted numerous national and international aquatics events.HistoryThe name of Oneglia may have its roots in the pre-Roman settlement of Pagus Unelia, on the hill of Castelvecchio, which was probably one of the sex oppida of the Liguri. This spawned Ripa Uneliae, a village down on the coast probably on the site of the modern-day Borgo Peri. Modern Oneglia became established on its modern site around 935AD, possibly after it was destroyed by the Saracens; in 1100 it became a fief of the Diocese of Albenga. In 1298 Oneglia became part of the fiefdom of the Doria family of Genoa; the famous admiral Andrea Doria (1466–1560) was born in the town. The Dorias sold the town to Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy in 1576, and Oneglia essentially remained a Savoyard enclave in the Republic of Genoa until Italian unification. Nonetheless, it was on the front line in the wars of the House of Savoy; it was seized in 1614 and 1649 by the Spaniards and in 1623 and 1672 by the Genoese. In 1692 it had to repulse an attack by a French squadron; in 1744–45 it was again occupied by the Spaniards, and in 1792 bombarded and burned by the French.


Monaco travel guide

Aquariums · Casinos · Historic Walking Areas
Rich Man's Paradise City
As part of the French Riviera, Monaco offers the sparkling aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea on its doorstep. The country has long been known for its panache--fast cars, big casinos, and expensive boutiques surround you here. While there are less luxurious activities for travelers, this is not the country for tourists on a budget. Many cruise ships make this a port of call in this region, so expect to see these vessels and large yachts as part of the landscape here.