The "Riviera dei Fiori"
Bordighera, the "City of Palms" is on the western coast of the Ligurian Riviera, on Cape Sant'Ampelio, about 15 km from the French border, at the foot of the Maritime Alps. The locality is ideal year round, thanks to the mild winter climate and the fresh and brisk marine breezes that mitigate the summer heat. The city was awarded the Blue Flag in 2010 for the quality of its beaches.
The colours of the sea mix with the Mediterranean Maquis shrubland. The colourful and perfumed nature thrives in this area, which will always remain in your heart, just as it did with Claude Monet, who arrived here at the end of 1883, in the company of his friend Renoir. The noted artist reproduced the exotic aspects, light and colours of the Bordighera vegetation in many of his paintings: the via Romana, Villa Etelinda, the High Town, the Valley of the Sasso Creek.
The historical centre of Bordighera is worth a visit. The ancient fortified town, built in the shape of an irregular pentagon and surrounded by thick late Medieval walls, is still maintained today. You can enter the Old Town through three gates.
Via Romana is the street that follows the path of the celebrated and ancient Via Julia Augusta, which was built by the Roman Emperor Augustus in 13 B.C. to connect Liguria with Gaul. It is an elegant avenue shaded by platanus trees, elegant villas and early Twentieth century liberty style hotels.
Monet considered the Lowe Gardens and Moreno Gardens to be "phantasmagorical".
The Argentina seaside promenade is the longest pedestrian walkway on the Riviera and runs along the Riviera for 2 km. The course of the promenade is flanked by rows of Araucaria excelsa and by colourful gardens with cacti and flowers.
The Exotic Pallanca Garden The Pallanca Garden is situated on a cliff overlooking the sea, on a steep rocky slope, and is developed with the typical Ligurian terraces, or so-called "fasce". It was created by the descendents of Bartolomeo Pallanca. You will be welcomed by some 3,200 species of plants when you visit the garden, including the precious collection of cacti and other succulent plants. The oldest plant is a Copiapoa of Chilean origin, which is 300 years old.