From Forte dei Marmi to Saint Tropez in one day
Serene Tuscan landscapes, despite their magnificence, sometimes begin to seem monotonous – at such moments you want to refresh your impressions of Italy a little, for which a short express trip along the Mediterranean coast is perfect. During such an exciting trip, you want to pay as much attention as possible to the beautiful landscapes of the Italian Riviera, relax, escape from the hustle and just enjoy the views. For such trips, a transfer with a personal driver is well suited as a means of transportation – these services, for example.
Forte dei Marmi
We start from the starting point of our route – the iconic Forte dei Marmi (in translation – “fortress of marble”). Forte is located on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea, in the Tuscany region. In the last century, the resort town fell in love with Italian aristocrats, but now Russian businessmen have chosen this serene corner. Wealthy tourists from all over the world are attracted not only by the endless sandy beaches of Forte, but also by the remains of the same ancient fort, after which the city is named. If your express trip is scheduled for Sunday, you will also be able to purchase homemade cheeses, Italian wine, cashmere and unusual items for the home at the grand market in the city center. A democratic and hearty early breakfast is provided for you at the Bagno Annetta restaurant, which is famous for its super-thin pizza and traditional seafood fritto misto.
If you can see houses in delicate pastel colors, expensive yachts and shops of elite brands from the window, then you are approaching Portofino. The fishing town in the province of Genoa is home to one of the most beautiful ports in the Mediterranean. The landscape of Portofino is represented by cliffs hanging directly above the snow-white beach, and numerous olive groves. After a glass of wine at the Winterose Wine Bar, we continue our tour of the mountain landscape of Liguria, approaching the Principality of Monaco.
Monaco is the birthplace of the prestigious Formula 1 motor race, which takes place right on the streets of the city. Here you can look into the largest area of Monaco – Monte Carlo, where there is a magnificent casino complex and an exquisitely decorated opera house. Along the route you will see a variety of architectural styles, from Baroque to Renaissance, as well as several famous Michelin-starred restaurants and the famous Monte-Carlo Casino. After a light snack and dessert in the form of ice cream at Cafe De Paris, without delay, we fly towards Nice.
The pebbly shores of the Bay of Angels greet all guests of Nice with views of the Alpes-Maritimes. The old town still retains its medieval spirit with its narrow labyrinths of winding streets nestled with red-tiled houses, cozy cafes and shops. A wonderful contrast to the colorful landscapes of Nice is created by modern boutiques, clubs, bars and hotels, where an atmosphere of fun and carelessness reigns around the clock. If you want to enjoy the unique Mediterranean flora, head to the Mont Boron area, which is located in a hilly area near Old Nice, and a snack with very large portions and homemade lasagne can be arranged at La Favola restaurant.
Between Nice and Cannes, there is a small cozy town of Antibes. Here, typical Italian pebbly beaches give way to sandy ones, but most of all tourists are attracted by the old stone quarters, ornate streets of the Old Town and artisan boutiques. After a promenade along well-groomed park oases, luxurious villas and the Fort Embankment with a string of cozy restaurants, you should look into the yacht port, which is famous for the largest yachts on the Cote d’Azur, and take fragrant buns from Boulangerie Veziano with you on the road. But we do not linger – ahead of us is the world’s film capital – Cannes.
The red carpet of the Palais des Festivals, the luxury of pompous hotels and the Croisette are just a few of the attractions in Cannes, which also boast wonderful views of the bay from the Suquet hill or from the Croix-de-Garde forest park. The Esterel mountain range, which comes close to La Napoule Bay, creates in the city a special atmosphere of harmonious coexistence of nature and man. For dinner, we advise you to go to the best fish restaurant in Cannes, La Brocherie, and immediately go on your way.
Driving along the cobbled streets along the coast of the pearl of the Cote d’Azur is the duty of any tourist. However, if you are tired of the rally, you can view Saint-Tropez from an unusual angle – from the sea. Modern services allow you to book a yacht anywhere in the world with a couple of clicks: for example, in the GetBoat.com application you can find a catalog of yachts and boats. Pine groves, fashionable clubs, picturesque paths and shops with fragrant herbs and Provencal spices – from the yacht it looks like a real opening day for all the most interesting that the Cote d’Azur can offer tourists.