Before the second world war San Remo was the haunt of the rich, and renowned for its fine hotels and restaurants. The vestiges of the era remain and the elegant villas and hotels confer the charm of a once-exclusive resort on the town. Many of the large elegant super yachts still base themselves here as a quick stroll around the marina will show. Behind the Porto Vecchio near the San Siro cathedral is the original San Remo flower market, claimed to be the largest in the world. The bulk of Monte Bignone, hunched behind the town, is now a designated Park Natural, and from the top there is a panoramic view along much of the French as well as the Italian Riviera.