Villas, Gardens and Museums
Find out what are the tourist-cultural sites for which we organize guided tours.
Bussana Vecchia is a medieval village destroyed by the earthquake of 1887 and revived since 1950 by a community of artists and artisans who still occupy the town. The village has stood still in the nineteenth century with a unique and fascinating atmosphere. You can only board private cars, minibuses for up to 19 seats or on foot.
The building was designed by the French architect Eugene Ferret and inaugurated in January 1905, the style is eclectic, but with many liberty elements. This is the oldest Italian casino still operating. In 1928 the casino was considerably expanded, taking on its present appearance. The inside of the casino is very rich, with liberty rooms and a medieval hall. Richly decorated with sculptures, large Murano glass chandeliers, crystal chandeliers, lampposts and wrought-iron chandeliers, and Art Nouveau furniture, there is no lack of more modern facilities such as the former party room, or the elegant Roof-Garden. The theater is home to the Sanremo Symphony Orchestra, one of the 11 stable orchestras in Italy, and is one of the best theaters in the region, with excellent acoustics.
Sanremo Flower Museum
The Flower Museum of Sanremo was inaugurated on 9 April 2017. It is located in the Winter cottage inside the wonderful park of Villa Ormond in Corso Cavallotti 113.
It is a museum that wants to celebrate the splendor of the birth of floriculture in Sanremo, which has thus become “the city of flowers”.
Parks and gardens
The creation of large green spaces around the period villas has left the city of Sanremo with a vast heritage of parks and gardens, where towering ancient trees such as Ficus, Araucarie, Palme and others stand out. Large parks such as Villa Ormond, the largest on the Riviera, those of Villa Zirio, Villa del Sole and Villa Nobel.
Rambaldi Art Gallery
In the medieval village of Coldirodi there is the Rambaldi art gallery, the collection donated in 1865 to the municipality of Coldirodi, boasts one hundred paintings, included between the fifteenth and the nineteenth centuries, among which the Madonna and Child attributed to Lorenzo di Credi (1459 -1537), the Holy Family of Fra ‘Bartolomeo della Porta (1475-1517), the Temptations of Saint Anthony of Salvator Rosa (1615-1673), paintings by Onorio Marinari, Michele Rocca, Anton Raphael Mengs. Annexed to the picture gallery is the Library which preserves precious incunabula, sixteenth and rare manuscripts.
The Path of Monet
In January 1884 the painter Claude Monet stopped in Bordighera, enchanted by the place, its vegetation and its colors, he expected to stay there for a couple of weeks to paint some pictures. He stayed there three months, painting 38 canvases; today you can follow the path he loved to take, starting from the Renaissance center of Bordighera Alta.
The villa was built in pure “Grocckian” style in the 1930s, that is pure fantasy!
Other could only be the home of the greatest clown of the twentieth century. The villa, after a long period of neglect, was purchased by the province of Imperia, and completely restored.
It is open as a circus museum on weekends.
In 1890 the famous scientist Alfred Nobel came to look for a house in Sanremo having wanted to leave his previous Parisian residence due to problems with the French authorities. He bought a beautiful eclectic style villa. He built a laboratory in the park of the villa and from April 1891 became his main residence. He found himself so well in his new home that he renamed the villa “Mio Nido”, but unfortunately the healthy climate of Sanremo had nothing against the apoplectic stroke that on December 10, 1896 caused his death, at the age of 63.
In the Villa Alfred Nobel compiled the will with which he established the homonymous awards.
Villa Regina Margherita
The Villa of Queen Margherita is today a precious treasure chest, admirably restored, and houses a part of one of the most prestigious private collections in Italy, the Terruzzi collection. 1,300 objects are exhibited including paintings, porcelain, carpets, furniture and watches.
Unfortunately, after the landslide that hit the villa in November 2014, the villa can no longer be visited.