The Hanbury Gardens in Ventimiglia, to be experienced all year round with continual emotions

Over 18 hectares of incommensurable beauty on the Mortola promontory in Ventimiglia. A paradise of flowers and plants, with an incredibly unique climate. These are the Hanbury Gardens, which were created in 1867.

That year Sir Thomas Hanbury, a rich English traveller, purchased a large part of that territory with the idea of concentrating thousands of exotic plants in an entirely new garden. In his project he was helped by his brother Daniel, a medicine and botany scholar.

New splendour was given to the villa where the Hanburies were to live for years and that also entertained Queen Victoria on various occasions. Winding avenues, halting areas, old crushers, the elegant Palazzo Orengo and then pergolas, wells, terraces and greenhouses. Everything is immersed in partially spontaneous (9 hectares) and partially exotic vegetation (9 hectares).

To be appreciated with the eyes and with the sense of smell are some incommensurable botanical treasures like the Garden of scents and the old rose garden. In spring it is a paradise of flowers and plants with an incredibly unique climate and a host of colours: from the white of Rosa Levigata from China to the carmine of Red Velvet Sage from Mexico down to the blue of echium. The summer strikes one for the festive flowering of brugmansia, which is particularly dear to visitors for its intense scent in the evening in July and August. A splendid feature is the exotic orchard, which certainly doesn’t suffer from the summer heat, and there is an old exemplar halfway along the avenue of olive trees that is a full 250 years old. The trappings are elegant and full of poetic charm: the fountains of herons, of the dragon, of the papyrus, of the faun, of the siren; the lion tub, the little temples (votive, of the 4 seasons, of the crusher), and the slave cave.

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