Unforgettable day in Italy - A Private Tour

Tour Number

Activity Level



Youth and Family, Local Experience, Day Trip / Out of Town


Kid Friendly: Yes. Yes.
There is space for a wheelchair in the van, but the person must be able to get in and out of the van, he/she might be able to stand up and get in the car

Friendly: Yes.
Yes. Before booking a tour please let us know if you need car seats or boosters (the van does not always have them installed). No food or drinking in the van. No screen games, kids might get sick on the trip.

Maximum travelers: 8



English (fluent), French (fluent), Italian (advanced), Portuguese (conversational), Spanish (fluent)

La Riviera dei Fiori

Once there were two small Italian towns called Dolce Acqua and Bussana Vecchia. Both situated in a narrow coastal strip which lies between the ligurian sea and the mountain chain formed by the maritim Alps and the Apenines. The Mix of mountain and sea is what we call "Riviera". This is not the Blue Coast but "The Flowers Riviera".

In this fairy tale, we will walk in the steps of Monet, who painted the famous "bridge at Dolce Acqua" in 1884 - the original painting is nowadays in Massachusetts. The bridge was constructed in 15th century and spans the Nervia River connecting the old town called "terra" to the newer part called il Borgo.

The next town is Bussana Vecchia that is situated near San Remo about 20 kilometers east of the border between Italy and France. In 1887 the mediaval village was destroyed by an earthquake that hit the region. Most of the people where in the church that day . . . the rest is history. Bussana Vecchia is now an interesting town with art and more . . .


We will drive along the moyenne corniche to admire the French Riviera. Then we will drive on the highway to ventimiglia, where we will drive along the coast. On the way we will pass by a Roman Theatre from the second century. Staring the tour with Dolce Acqua.

We will head toward the village of Dolceacqua, one of the most picturesque villages in the area, which in 1884 attracted Claude Monet, who painted the "Ponte Vecchio. " After entering through the medieval bridge over the River Nervia, we will climb the Doria Castle and walk on the cobblestone streets and taste some local wine, the rossese or some good olive oil.

After crossing the city Belle Époque of Bordighera, and San Remo along the coast we will arrive to Bussana. To reach the town we will take an inusual narrow and steep winding road to the top of a hill. Bussana Vecchia is an artistic community with a particular architecture and very unusual persons . . .

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Door to door service

End location: Door to door service

Duration: 8 hours

This is the maximum time for the tour, sometimes is possible to do it in 7 hours. Depending on the traffic to cross San Remo


We will drive in a Modern and clean mini Van Caravelle VW Volkswagen, with Microphone, a/c in under each seat, with a capacity for 8 persons. A cooler with fresh water is available; 4/5 umbrellas; GPS; and first aid kit. And we will walk together inside the towns when the parking allow the driver/guide to come.

What’s Included

All our services are conducted in mini van VWs with 8 seats, equipped with a Microphone, A/C, with a Professional Guide/driver. Parking lots, highways toll's fee's, bottled water, and taxes included. Service includes an insurance against accidents during transportation, except boarding or exiting from the vehicle.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

30 Euro better cash - Meal is not included

What’s Extra

Meals and the admittance for museums are not included.


Meals and the admittances for museums are not included.

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