Native Flora and Botanical Gardens

Native Flora and Botanical Gardens

A day to discover the native flora of the inland areas of the Riviera and the exotic wonders of the largest botanical garden in Europe.


In the morning transfer to Dolceacqua in Valle Nervia, from where you depart for a hike in the places of origin of the Doria family, formerly rulers of the magnificent maritime republic of Genoa. The excursion unfolds between Dolceacqua, Isolabona, Apricale and Perinaldo to explore an impressive and luxuriant natural landscape:  a land of olive trees and vineyards, and of exquisite medieval villages, where the oldest traditions have been preserved intact.

In the afternoon transfer to the Hanbury Gardens at La Mortola: an exotic paradise of 18 hectares, created in 1867 by Sir Thomas Hanbury, who acclimatized species from around the world, the result of collections made on his travels.  This famous garden celebrates its greatness amongst paths, pergolas,  greenhouses, terraces and wells, and is lovely at all times of the year.