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Granfondo SanremoSanremo

March 16 2025
Sanremo Italy
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Distances: 120 km
Difficulty: Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs

The "Classicissima" Sanremo-Sanremo is the right race to trace the paths of the great champions of yesterday and today, a Granfondo that winds through the streets of the most beautiful places in the province of Imperia.
The start of the Granfondo route in Sanremo is on the Lungomare Salvo d'Acquisto, a stone's throw from the sea.

After crossing the city of Sanremo, the race continues on the Aurelia state road, along the sea and arriving in the capital Imperia, formed by Oneglia, an important port and always an active center in the trade of extra virgin olive oil and Porto Maurizio, which dominates the coast and the Ligurian Sea from above. Climb at this point towards the Prino valley, pass Dolcedo, arrive at Pantasina, pass Vasia and descend to Imperia to then go up in the small hamlet of Bellissimi, from there you head towards Civezza.

The Granfondo reaches this point in San Lorenzo al mare, another typical Ligurian town that is divided between the hilltop village and the coastal area developed around the Rio San Lorenzo, you are again on the coast but still for a while and waiting for cyclists there are the most arduous climbs of the "Sanremo", here comes Cipressa, which houses a well-preserved historic center that reveals enchanting corners, to frame the country are the cultivation of olive trees from which the precious extra virgin olive oil is obtained.

We descend to Santo Stefano al mare, away again towards Pompeiana, then Castellaro, at this point we descend to Taggia, a municipality at the gates of the valley that is divided between the historic center and the pleasant seaside resort of Arma di Taggia, with its sandy beaches awarded in recent years with the Blue Flag.

The historic center of Taggia is the second most important in Liguria after that of Genoa. Worthy of visit are the numerous churches that dot it and especially the Convent of the Dominican Fathers, of considerable historical and artistic interest. To remember as a specialty of the territory the canestrelli di Taggia, delicious circles of crunchy pasta, salty, excellent as a snack or as a substitute for bread, which obviously see as one of the fundamental ingredients the extra virgin olive oil of the territory.

The route of the Granfondo will then cross Arma di Taggia to continue on the Aurelia state road, this time towards the west and away, towards the last obstacle, the legend of the Classicissima: the Poggio di Sanremo.

After a few hairpin bends is the village of Poggio to reward the efforts of the previous kilometers. After this long journey through some of the most evocative corners of the far west of Liguria, you can not miss a toast with a glass of fresh Vermentino and a piece of warm Sardenaira, the most famous specialty of Sanremo!

Granfondo Sanremo-Sanremo

Start Located At: Sanremo, Italy
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