Corso Matteotti

Corso Matteotti, Sanremo: Address, Corso Matteotti Reviews: 4.5/5

Corso Matteotti
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Brun066
By Brun066
An unavoidable element to grasp the current personality of Sanremo.
Jan 2022
To the contemporary visitor Corso Matteotti today appears unequivocally the main street of the city, both for its centrality, for its general layout, and for the fact that (since 2013) it has been completely pedestrianized. And certainly the visitor's feeling is correct. But what must be remembered, and that today's visitor can only assume, is that on the one hand the street was conceived as a central place of the city not recently, but since almost two centuries (the design of it dates back to 1840, and it has gradually replaced the most important pre-existing street of the lower city, namely Via Palazzo); on the other hand, it has undergone a radical evolution, especially after WWII, moreover common to many central streets. In other words, it has gone from being typical of the "modern" city to being typical of the "postmodern" city. As illustrated by the best connoisseur of the street, the graphic designer Renzo Antonelli (who published an unfortunately very limited edition volume, "Sanremo, la via Vittorio": this is the former name of the street) "since the 1970s grocery stores, bakeries, pastry shops, wine shops, toy showcases, bookstores, foreign pharmacies, artisan shops and art galleries, gradually disappeared, leaving way to a mass offer". So fashion shops (including global brands), bistrots, mobile phone shops, etc. Then, of course, it should be mentioned that especially in this street there are evidences that Sanremo has been the capital of popular song in Italy since 1951, due to the “Festival of the Italian song”. The Corso Matteotti is overlooked by the Ariston Theater, where the Festival takes place in February of every year since 1977 (and at the west end of the street there is the Municipal Casino, where the editions of the Festival were previously held ); at the east end of the street there is the local "Walk of Fame", a series of metal plates set in the pavement with the names of the winners of the Festival since the first year until today. Overall, this street is therefore an unavoidable element to capture the current personality of Sanremo.

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Brun066
Florence, Italy11,056 contributions
To the contemporary visitor Corso Matteotti today appears unequivocally the main street of the city, both for its centrality, for its general layout, and for the fact that (since 2013) it has been completely pedestrianized.
And certainly the visitor's feeling is correct. But what must be remembered, and that today's visitor can only assume, is that on the one hand the street was conceived as a central place of the city not recently, but since almost two centuries (the design of it dates back to 1840, and it has gradually replaced the most important pre-existing street of the lower city, namely Via Palazzo); on the other hand, it has undergone a radical evolution, especially after WWII, moreover common to many central streets. In other words, it has gone from being typical of the "modern" city to being typical of the "postmodern" city. As illustrated by the best connoisseur of the street, the graphic designer Renzo Antonelli (who published an unfortunately very limited edition volume, "Sanremo, la via Vittorio": this is the former name of the street) "since the 1970s grocery stores, bakeries, pastry shops, wine shops, toy showcases, bookstores, foreign pharmacies, artisan shops and art galleries, gradually disappeared, leaving way to a mass offer". So fashion shops (including global brands), bistrots, mobile phone shops, etc.
Then, of course, it should be mentioned that especially in this street there are evidences that Sanremo has been the capital of popular song in Italy since 1951, due to the “Festival of the Italian song”. The Corso Matteotti is overlooked by the Ariston Theater, where the Festival takes place in February of every year since 1977 (and at the west end of the street there is the Municipal Casino, where the editions of the Festival were previously held ); at the east end of the street there is the local "Walk of Fame", a series of metal plates set in the pavement with the names of the winners of the Festival since the first year until today.
Overall, this street is therefore an unavoidable element to capture the current personality of Sanremo.
Written July 13, 2022
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Heli P
Helsinki, Finland5,524 contributions
Solo
A wellcome pedestrian area this central street has all the main high end boutiques and some less expensive as well. Coin at the Casino end and OVS in the other are small Italian department stores hidden on descending levels, there is good variety in home decoration in both. Window shopping at jewellery stores is an informative hobby if you are interested in precious stones, here you can have a look at real Pommellato rings and other exquisite pieces. In smaller Italian towns it is customary to take an evening stroll, passeggiata to meet friends and acquintances and sit down for a pre dinner drink.
Written August 19, 2017
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland23,666 contributions
It is hard to visit Sanremo without also going for a stroll through the pedestrianised main street, beautiful in day- and nighttime with all the lights. There is a decorative pattern of flagstones on the ground and the mostly traditional houses on the sides are no more than 3 or 4 storey high. Among the most prominent buildings on this street are the 'Ariston Theatre' and the 'Palazzo Borea d'Olmo', now housing the 'Museo Civico'.

Begun in the middle of the 19th century the street was originally called the 'Strada Nuova', later named after king Vittorio Emanuele II. After WW II it was renamed - as so many streets in Italy - after Giacomo Matteotti, a socialist politician from the Veneto, who in 1924 as a socialist parlamentarian had held a strong speech against Benito Mussolini. A few days later he was abducted by 'Squadrati' (Blackshirts) and murdered outside Rome. It was the beginning of Mussolini's fascist reign.

When walking through the Corso Matteotti one will constantly be reminded of winning songs of the famous Sanremo Music Festival, be it by bronze plaques, information boards or especially by illuminated letters high up on ropes.
Written November 23, 2020
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ludovica845
Padua, Italy2 contributions
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If you want to see most of Sanremo’s attractions this is the street to go. It starts by the Ariston and passes the statue of Mike Buongiorno and finishes by the Casinò, if you continue down you will pass the Russian church and end up on corso imperatrice which has a beautiful view of the sea and is parallel to the bike path. Hence this is the heart of Sanremo. The street is filled with shops, the types of clothing shops are vary. One great attribute are the small streets that are parallel to this street and the streets that flow into corso Matteotti, there you can find hidden gems, so don’t discourage yourself if what you are searching for is not on corso Matteotti it will most likely be within a 200 meter distance.
Written July 18, 2018
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Heli P
Helsinki, Finland5,524 contributions
Solo
All the elegant boutiques for clothing and jewellery are situated on this wide pedestrian street , also the two small department stores Upim and OVS. In the evening this is too the main venue for La Passeggiata, a very Mediterranean tradition of an evening stroll to meet friends and sit down for a drink. In the morning you will see shopkeepers cleaning their windows as they have pride over their premises. This summer the illegal immigrants are offering African hair brading as a means to earn their living.
Written July 8, 2018
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giuseppenovelli
Geneva, Switzerland32 contributions
Couples
It is a must to take your time and walk along this cosy area of Sanremo.
We really enjoy shopping here
Gianni & Bea Novelli Geneva, Switzerland
Written February 17, 2018
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PaulMarkKeenan
Italian Riviera, Italy12 contributions
Friends
Corso Matteotti is yet another reason why Sanremo is worth visiting!
Starting just in front of the Casino, and continuing all the way to Piazza Colombo, just past the world famous Ariston Theatre, (Teatro Ariston,) this beautiful, pedestrianised street offers a wealth of top class shops, bars, restaurants, and of course, ice-cream parlours.
If I had one objection to make, it's that it's IMPOSSIBLE to figure out any of their opening hours, because every single place seems to play by its own rules!
Some stop for lunch and take 2, 3, or even 4 hours(!!!) while others stay open all day.
Some close in the evening, while others are open until 10 or 11pm.
Some open on Sundays, and others don't!
Some even randomly choose a day of the week to close, and yet again, there's neither rhyme nor reason as to why they do that!

Anyway, that's Italy for you, so there's no point in fighting it - just relax, and enjoy whatever happens to be open the next time you're in town...whenever that might be!
Written September 19, 2016
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mommy3littlepigs
montreal66 contributions
Couples
Pedestrian street with lots of shops, bakeries and restaurants. A great way to interact with the locals and sample what Sanremo had to offer.
Written July 7, 2019
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Perestr0ika
Grasse, France45 contributions
Friends
You want to buy quality shoes, clothes? This is the right place to head for. Moreover it is pedestrianised, the better to concentrate on your window shopping before entering for the kill!
Written June 9, 2019
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XNY
Lomita, CA161 contributions
Couples
Corso Matteotti is a pedestrian street lined with wonderful shops and restaurants and snack bars. Shop till you drop and then have a snack or a coffee - - Enjoy and remember to wear comfortable shoes!
Written December 27, 2018
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