Excursion: The Riviera of Gardens

Excursion: The Riviera of Gardens

An excursion to discover the wonders of the botanical gardens along the Italian Riviera, while at the same time appreciating the mild climate of the Riviera.

* Transfer to Ventimiglia by road and from there to La Mortola along the Italian-French border (22 km – 30 min. approx.).

* Visit to the Hanbury Gardens, one of the most important botanical gardens in the world.  Founded in 1867 by Sir Thomas Hanbury, the gardens were restored to their former glory by the University of Genoa in 1983. Of a total area of 18 hectares, 9 are occupied by native species and 9 by exotic flora. Worthy of particular mention are the plants of the Australian forests, the Japanese Garden and the cycads from the Far East.

* While in the same area, visit to the prehistoric caves of Balzi Rossi and the adjoining museum, with a possible stop at the charming white pebbled beach which nestles between rocks beside the sea.  One of the most exciting sights of the Riviera.

* Return along the Via Aurelia with the chance to visit the Pallanca Garden in Bordighera,  filled with cacti from the four corners of the earth:  a truly unique garden.

* Upon request you can also visit one of the many plant nurseries where the famous flowers of  San Remo are grown and then exported all over the world.