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7 Tips for Living in Sanremo

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Sanremo or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Sanremo or thinking about moving there.

Sanremo, a city known for its music festival and beautiful flowers, is a popular destination for expats and digital nomads. With its mild climate, stunning views of the Mediterranean, and vibrant culture, it's no wonder why so many people choose to call this place home. However, living in a foreign country can be challenging, especially if you're not familiar with the local customs and lifestyle. Here are seven key tips to help you navigate life in Sanremo.

1. Learn the Language

While many Italians speak English, especially in tourist areas, it's beneficial to learn some Italian. Not only will it make your daily life easier, but it will also help you connect with the locals. You don't have to be fluent, but knowing basic phrases and greetings can go a long way. Plus, Italians appreciate when foreigners make an effort to speak their language.

2. Embrace the Local Cuisine

Italian cuisine is world-renowned, and Sanremo is no exception. The city is known for its fresh seafood, delicious pasta, and locally grown produce. Don't miss out on trying local specialties like the Sardenaira, a type of pizza topped with sardines and onions. Some popular restaurants in Sanremo include Ristorante Buena Vista, known for its stunning sea views and fresh seafood, and Osteria Camelot, a cozy spot serving traditional Italian dishes.

3. Understand the Cost of Living

While Sanremo is not as expensive as cities like Rome or Milan, it's still important to understand the cost of living. Rent, groceries, dining out, and transportation can add up. Plan your budget accordingly and consider living in more affordable neighborhoods like Foce or San Martino.

4. Explore the City's Neighborhoods

Sanremo is divided into several neighborhoods, each with its own unique charm. The city center, known as Centro Storico, is full of historic buildings, narrow streets, and bustling markets. La Pigna, the oldest part of the city, is a maze of winding alleys and stairways, offering stunning views of the city and sea. Bussana Vecchia, a former ghost town now inhabited by artists, is a must-visit for its unique atmosphere and art studios.

5. Enjoy the Outdoors

Sanremo's mild climate and beautiful landscapes make it a great place for outdoor activities. The city is known for its beautiful parks like the Villa Ormond and Villa Nobel. Cycling is also popular, with the Pista Ciclabile del Ponente Ligure, a 24-km bike path along the coast, being a favorite among locals and expats alike.

6. Get Involved in the Community

One of the best ways to feel at home in a new city is to get involved in the community. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer, join clubs, or participate in local events. This not only helps you meet new people but also allows you to contribute to the community. Research groups that align with your interests and get involved.

7. Respect the Local Culture

Italians are proud of their culture and traditions, and it's important to respect them. This includes understanding local customs, such as the importance of family, the tradition of la passeggiata (an evening stroll), and the Italian concept of 'la bella figura' (making a good impression). Also, remember that Sanremo is a city with a slower pace of life, so take the time to relax and enjoy the Italian way of life.

Living in Sanremo, Italy, can be a wonderful experience. By learning the language, embracing the local cuisine, understanding the cost of living, exploring the city's neighborhoods, enjoying the outdoors, getting involved in the community, and respecting the local culture, you can make the most of your time in this beautiful city.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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