The drive from Monte Carlo, Monaco to Cuneo, Italy is truly beautiful. We discovered it on a whim while we headed toward Switzerland. We did this drive in early April and were blessed with warmth and sunshine in Monaco, crystal clear mountain rivers in France and snow-capped mountains in Italy. Yes, all in one day. We started the day in shorts and singlets feeling summer calling early, and ended the day snuggled in thick jumpers and cosy scarves.
Passes through: Monaco – Italy – France – Italy
Time: Drive can be done in roughly 2 hours, but allow at least one whole day to enjoy the scenery and to make some stops in the amazing little villages along the way.
Distance: Approx. 113kms
Starting in the oceanside luxurious city of Monte Carlo, this drive leads you into the mountains of Italy before venturing along a winding mountain road of France past countless hidden cliff-side villages. This trip ends in the interesting, historical Italian town of Cuneo.
Follow the D6007 road from Monte Carlo which will lead you along the stunning coastline into Italy. Take the SS20 road north into the mountains to head toward the Italian town of Airole. This road will continue until you pass the turn-off for a village called Fanghetto, taking you across the border into France. While you will be on the same SS20 road, the road name will change to D6204 once you enter France. Shortly after, you will be taken through the small breath-taking village of Breil-Sur-Roya, the road will take you through the centre of the town and past the lake. You will then pass some beautiful landscapes and towns – you will have the choice to take a small detour (road D38) to visit the town of Saorge. If you choose not to take the turn off, continue on the D6204 to pass through the town of Fontan. The next villages that the road will take you through are Saint-Dalmas-De-Tende and another village called Tende. When you reach the ‘Tunnel De Tende’, you will be 1800metres above sea-level. The old tunnel is 3.2kms long and will take you straight through a mountain; when you reach the other side you will be back in Italy. The road name will again change to ‘SS20’ as you are back on Italian soil. You will be back in civilisation now – though it is still quite remote and very beautiful. You will pass through many villages as you continue on the SS20. Stay on this road until you reach the end of this drive in the town of Cuneo where you will find many options for restaurants and hotels.
If you are after a hotel in Cuneo for the night, we recommend the Best Western Hotel Principe which is located in the historical and commercial city centre. We were given great service from the staff, including a tour of different priced rooms to choose from and treated ourselves to a great night of hotel bliss. A free continental style breakfast is included with your stay in this elegant 4-star hotel and a king-bed room will set you back roughly 100 Euro. You will also find a selection of restaurants within short walking distance of the hotel, including delicious Italian pizza of course!