Alessandria is central to the provinces of Northern Italy and the Piermont Region, equi-distance between Milan and the Port of Genoa about 50 miles to each city. It offers great connections beautifully positioned for a plethora of destinations whilst being of interest itself in an increasingly popular Area of Italy.
This destination has taken over from Bologna, with The Italian rail authorities deciding to completely rebuild Bologna station just for High Speed Trains closing Motorail and freight facilities all of which transfer to the established rail centre of Alessandria.
This capital city of the Province of Alessandria, with history dating back to 10th century, is often referred to as the ‘Gateway to Italy’, like a hub with it's spokes spreading out to, The Italian Lakes of Como, Garda and Maggiore - about 100 miles away and afar. The Dolomites popular with motorcyclists in Summer, is less than 150 miles. Bologna is about 148 miles and that is to the heart of Tuscany. Verona less at 138 miles and Venice just over 200 miles-all with fast Motorway connections. The holiday coastline of Ligurian Riviera is easily reachable now from this terminus-just over an hour away.
Italian expert, Ian Glass of Countrylanetours recommends the road from Alessandria down to Portofino as being “extremely pretty” and goes on to say the 140 mile drive to Monaco and even as far as Nice also makes for a very enjoyable coastal run. Beloved of Michael Winner the always impressive Portofino is just 74 miles. its small harbour framed by pastel coloured houses-why not take lunch,al fresco, at ‘Hotel Splendido’ and try their pesto( basil,cheese,garlic oil and pine nuts )? Beach lovers can sample the delights of closeby Alassio and San Remo.
Nearby Genoa, full of palaces, churches and handsome piazzas, is just 50 miles away. The great maritime town is the home port of Moby lines ferries with regular and good quality services to ports along the Western coast of Italy as well as the Sardinia, Sicily, Corsica, Malta and Elba.
Many will find Alessandria an excellent starting off point from which you can plan tours all over Italy perhaps taking our Livorno train home having stretched far into Southern Italy and even beyond.
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Livorno, a busy, exciting port city on the edge of the Tuscany region. It is conveniently placed South of Pisa and is the most southerly Motorail terminal offered by any Rail Company. The Motorail Station is well positioned for travel to Florence in particular, in fact all of Central Italy and all the resorts along the Etruscan coast. It is easy reach of Rizzo, Siena, Lucca and Assisi. With excellent and frequent ferry services to Corsica and Sardina, Livorno is a popular destination for those wanting to explore these islands.
The port itself is the third largest in Italy and ferry frequent. It makes a good dropping off destination for those looking to explore Rome, Naples and Bari which are all reachable within the day.
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Koper is a city in south-western Slovenia, with the other Slovenian coastal towns Ankaran, Izola, Piran, and Portorož, situated along the country's 47-kilometre coastline, approximately five kilometres from its border with Italy. Having a unique ecology and biodiversity, it is considered an important national natural resource. With only one percent of Slovenia having a coastline, the influence that the city's Port of Koper, which is also the major contributor to the economy of the eponymous city municipality, has on tourism was a factor in deciding Ankaran to leave the municipality. Koper is the main urban centre of the Slovenian Istria with a population of about 25,000. The city of Koper is officially bilingual, with both Slovene and Italian as official languages. Sights in Koper include the 15th-century Praetorian Palace and Loggia in Venetian Gothic style, the 12th century Carmine Rotunda church, and the Cathedral of St Nazarius, with its 14th-century tower. Koper is also one of the main road entry points into Slovenia from Italy, which lies to the north of the municipality. The main motorway crossing is at Spodnje Škofije to the north of the city of Koper. The motorway continues into Rabuiese and Trieste. Koper also has a rail connection with the capital city, Ljubljana. On the coast, there is a crossing at Lazaret into Lazaretto in Muggia municipality in Trieste province. The Italian border crossing is known as San Bartolomeo. (Sourced from Wikipedia)
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