Road Trippin’ along the Riviera

Road Trippin' the Riviera | ©Tom Palladio ImagesIn a previous life — the one that provided me with a bi-weekly paycheck — I regularly drove the Italian Autostrada dei Fiori (Highway of Flowers), or A10.

Weaving a colorful, elevated path above the Mediterranean Sea, from Genoa down to Ventimiglia, the A10 crosses over into France, becomes Autoroute A8, or La Provençale, and continues its scenic jaunt down the Côte d’Azur, in unbelievable shades of blue, until it ends in Aix-en-Provence.

Road Trippin' the Riviera | ©Tom Palladio ImagesBecause of the white-knuckle curves I had to negotiate, due to the breakneck speeds with which I foolishly drove to get to my final destination — Cannes, twice a year — I rarely dared a glance out the side window to take in the picture-postcard perfect, pastel-colored scenery that I was racing past.

Why I didn’t bother to slow down, I’ll never know. In a hurry, I guess, or just plain stupid. Take your pick.

But, that was then, and this is now.

Road Trippin' the Riviera | ©Tom Palladio ImagesNo longer burdened by the responsibilities that surrounded the aforementioned bi-weekly paycheck, I’m off on a nary-a-care-in-the-world, leisurely drive back down the A10-A8 route, with plenty of time to stop and smell the lemons, oranges, honeysuckle and hundreds of other fragrances along the way, not to mention great tasting wines and mouth-watering foods.

If you’ll pack a bag I’ll make room for it in the trunk of my car, and I’ll let you ride shotgun, fiddle with the radio and set the GPS for Bordighera, Dolceacqua, Mortola Superiore, Latte, Saints Raphaël-Maxime-Tropez, Cavalaire, Les Issambres and Antibes.


Then, buckle up and get ready for a series of dispatches to be filed from the Italian and French sides of the Riviera.

Can I get a BUON VIAGGIO and/or a BON VOYAGE?


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Borsalino w/ props SMALL | ©Tom Palladio Images


Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


  1. On your trip along the Italian Rivera on your way to the French Rivera, if you go through San Remo give a full salute to the city for me. Thanks to AFN I was able to be sent their for interviews with several of America’s great singers and composers, such as Sammy Cahn, Paul Anka and Sachel Diestel (He was once married to Bridget Bardot).Sachel Diestel also wrote “Its the Good Life” which Tony Bennett recorded, and still performs. Bennett is appearing tomorrow night at “Freedom Hill” which is about a quarter of mile from my back yard. Have a good trip. If you want I’ll tell you what the French really say when wishing you well on a trip.


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