Dolceaqua and Sanremo Walking Tours
- Doria Castle: Climb to the top of the hill to explore the ruins of the medieval fortress that was once a seat of power for the Genoese Doria dynasty.
- Dolceaqua: After a guided walking tour through this medieval village, you'll have free time to explore its charms on your own.
- San Remo: Learn the history and see the highlights of the "City of Flowers" on a guided walk of its historic streets and promenades.
About This Sanremo Tour
Dolceacqua, a medieval town rising up the Ligurian hillside, is really two villages in one. At its heart is the ancient "Terra," joined to the 19th century "Borgo" by a medieval stone bridge.
Towering above it all is Doria Castle, which dates back to the 12th century. The expansion of this ancient castle began a century later, when it was purchased by Oberto Doria, the founder of the dynasty that once dominated the Republic of Genoa. Today, little remains beyond its exterior shell, but for the sense of historical perspective you'll gain, it's worth the climb to the top of the hill.
French artist Claude Monet first visited Dolceaqua in 1884. He was so enchanted by the village that he dedicated four of his works to capturing the beauty of its bridge and castle. In fact, he called the ancient bridge connecting the two halves of the village "a jewel of lightness" in his later writings. As you stroll the streets of Dolceaqua, you'll find two panels that hold reproductions of two of his paintings at each end of the bridge he loved – in the exact spots where his easel once stood.
He sold a city to save his castle
Doria Castle came under attack many times during its history, from the Grimaldis of Monaco and the King of Naples, among others. To gain protection for his ancestral home, Bartolomeo Doria transferred his feudal rights to Dolceacqua to Duke Charles III of the House of Savoy in 1526. Still, 200 years later, the castle came under attack during the War of Succession, ultimately being conquered by French and Spanish troops.
Please make your way to the Sanremo tender pier drop off and look for your GoBe Rep with a displayed sign.
In order for this tour to operate, a minimum of 6 travelers is required, per departure. In the event this minimum isn’t met, we will advise you in advance of your tour departure so that we can assist you with choosing another exciting GoBe tour optionSome shops are closed from 1-3 pm and all day on Sundays. Viva la siesta. The sun is very strong, be sure you are well protected. A small backpack may be useful for all your purchases.
Expect a moderate amount of walking, over cobblestones and up/down hilly streets, with some steps to climb. Tour is not wheelchair accessible. If your mobility is limited, you may not see all the sites fully. Participate with the group at your discretion.
Scenic, Walking Tour, Family Friendly
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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