Bordighera may be recognised from one of the many paintings by Claude Monet who lived here. Known as The City of Palms, this much-loved seaside resort is one of Italy’s most celebrated. Situated on the Ligurian Riviera, the pretty and grand villas and hotel are surrounded by beautiful flowers, gardens and shady palm trees. The fronds from these palm trees are supplied to the Vatican every Palm Sunday. There’s even a museum displaying a distinctive collection of flora and fauna from the area. The old town, with its winding narrow streets and beautiful buildings should be taken at your leisure, and take in a few of the sights such as the 17th century Church of Santa Maria Maddalena or the Lowe and Moren Gardens. The white pebble beaches boast bars, restaurants, playing fields, souvenir stalls, exotic gardens to wander around and general relaxation. In the evening you’ll see tourists and locals strolling along and meeting up in the pretty Bordhigera piazzas.