The Italian Chamber of Commerce presented the 2016/2017 edition of Costazzurra, the French Riviera tourist guide in Italian, completemented with a French version.
Costazzurra, the official guide of the Italian Chamber of Commerce annually made for Italian tourists, was launched on July 25, 2016 at the Hotel L’Abbaye in La Colle sur Loup by Lilas Spak, passionate editor of the pocket guide. By the pool, near the tenth century chapel, jewel of the beautiful hotel, the launch of the fifteenth edition of the guide was extended by a charity event for the victims of the terrible attack on July 14 in Nice to which a minute of silence paid a poignant tribute.
Discover the French Riviera from Menton to Saint-Tropez
Costazzurra is a tourist guide to discover the French Riviera from Menton to Saint-Tropez, from the sea to the mountain and the hinterland. The whole Provence and its flavors are revealed to French Riviera fans, through suggested itineraries to uncover hidden gems about landscapes, gastronomy, hotels, shopping, ready-to-wear, entertainment, major attractions, sports and many other things.
These destinations are selected by journalist Lilas Spak, for which the Riviera has no secrets.
Each year, 25 000 copies of the pocket guide containing the “Best of” of the French Riviera are released to meet the multiple requirements of the many transalpine customers on the French Riviera – travelers or residents. Almost a tourist on four indeed comes from the Bel Paese.
Costazzurra is a free guide, available on both sides of the border in all Tourist Offices partners of the Italian Chamber of Commerce, in town halls and in all places with high Italian attendance.
Also seducing francophones
Originally created for Italian tourists – a million in any season, according to estimates – and for some 50,000 Italian residents, the Costazzurra guide in a pocket format that is practical, light and fun to read, has over time conquered many French and foreign tourists who wish to enjoy the sun, sea and mountains of the French Riviera. The 2016/2017 version of the Bible for lovers of the French Riviera also aims to seduce francophone travelers with the version in French.
Available online in Italian and also in its French version, the Costazzurra guide includes a supplement with the original texts written in French by Lilas Spak, publisher and true soul of the guide.
Costazzura, a guide with a big heart
The launch of the guide was an opportunity to honor the victims of the terrible terrorist attack, the tragedy that claimed 84 lives on July 14, 2016 and caused 200 injuries. Some of the injured are children still hospitalized at Lenval Hospital. Also, the launch of Costazzura was the occasion of a sale of Blue Chairs, emblems of the Promenade des Anglais, such as those gracing the cover of the 15th guide, but miniatures, to benefit the Fondation Lenval. Laurence Poncelet, from the Boutique La Chaise Bleue, offered them.
The Blue Chairs were proposed to the participants of the evening by the young models who presented the Winter collection of the Boutique Scapa Nice.
About the Hotel L’Abbaye
The three star Hotel L’Abbaye is a unique site offering a mix of authenticity and modernity, a building in a XIIIth abbey both historic by its old stones and modern in its decoration, able to satisfy art lovers. The hotel with spacious and comfortable rooms, with views of the village bells, is a haven of peace for lovers. Moreover, many marriages are celebrated in the Chapel of the tenth century. The 541, the restaurant at Hotel Abbaye, is open all year for lunches and dinners, business lunches, weddings, cocktails, seminars.
During the presentation, Patrizia Dalmasso, President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce praised the quality of the pocket guide, an invitation to discover the wonders of the French Riviera, in the presence of Serena Lippi, Consul General of Italy, Gérard Louis Bosio, first Vice President of the Italian CC, Jean-Bernard Mion, Mayor of Colle sur Loup, Stéphane Hugues, Director of the Hotel L’Abbaye, and many other politicians, journalists and friends from Italy.
The launch of the guide was followed by a tasting of the Made in Nice Burrata, made according to authentic traditional method at La Casa della Burrata in La Trinité by chef Fabio Merra.
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