In the 1800s, upper class flocked from the whole of Europe – not least from Britain – to Alassio to relax. Luxury villas and fine art nouveau buildings were built. The city’s development was boosted. The Britain influence is visible even today with Hanbury Tennis Club and Alassio British Library. Alassio Train station is; moreover, very handsome, decorated first-class with beautiful chandeliers and mirrors.
The Muretto di Alassio was created by local artist Mario Berrino in the 1960s. Wall consists of 550 plates signed by celebrities who visited Alassio through the years. Among all of these names are Ernest Hemingway and Charlie Chaplin.