Expats living in Italy
(Diano Marina, IM, Italy)
Diano Marina (Imperia)
I am an Italo-American who decided to retire and move to Italy....my ancestors are from Liguria and indeed my elderly parents still live here.
We live in the beautiful town of Diano Marina in the province of Imperia. We are literally a stone's throw from the French-Italian border, a mere hour from Nice's airport.
The weather here year round is wonderfully mild, except for the famous months of July and August which can be quite hot, especially when we get those heat waves from Africa known as "anti ciclone africano".
I always advise our friends to skip those two months as the tourist population swells incredibly, making travel difficult.
We shy away from the private beaches, they are very expensive for our retired budget. But we do have a few stretches of free beach and you can also rent a chair and umbrella there for a reasonable sum. Andrew's reply:
What a gorgeous part of the world to retire to Diane...lucky you! I know this part of the coast fairly well as we love spending the summer's down the road in San Lorenzo al Mare.
It is a charming and delightful coastline to be able to call home.
I agree though about July and August being too crowded. I remember that when we used to live in Turin we'd drive down on weekends from April until the end of June. After end June it was just solid congestion all the way along the coastal road from Savona to San Remo. The beaches were full to bursting and you'd wait forever to get served in restaurants.
Regarding your comments about the beaches; I too am not much of a fan of the private beaches and actually prefer the free ones, those where you can put your towel down wherever you like and aren't confined to regimented lines of deckchairs. All along the coast there are enough free ones to satisfy - except for July and August when they get a little crowded.
Thanks too for the photo, if you have anymore I'd love to see them.