A series of verandas, terraces, mature gardens and fountains make up the backdrop for Alassio. Its eclectic mix of historic architecture tumbles down to the beach, which is one of the best in this area with a wide swathe of gently sloping sand. It can get busy near the centre of town but it stretches for two and a half miles to the west so there is plenty of space to spread out.
The town’s promenade overlooks over the beach and is a favourite 'passegiatta' for people out for a stroll, working up an appetite before retiring to one of the many seafood trattorias. Alassio’s narrow streets of the old town are great to explore with a variety of shops both modern and old. Be sure to search out the art galleries that exhibit a range of international artists who were once residents of the town. Inland there are a number of small villages and hamlets perched in the cliffs and woodland - head out for lunch and try some of the local specialities that include Piedmontese beef.