The Cities of Flowers and Gardens

The Cities of Flowers and Gardens

San Remo and Bordighera are the pearls of the Ligurian Riviera: they are rich in gorgeous villas and gardens and offer two exceptional botanical gardens.


San Remo, the city of flowers par excellence, has a beautiful botanical garden in the park of Villa Ormond.  Built by the Rambaldi family of San Remo, the villa was sold to the Parisian Ormond family in 1887:  the park,  recently restored, was therefore modeled after the French style of the late nineteenth century. The plants that fill the garden with color originate from all over the world: from the Canary Islands to Japan, from Tasmania to China, from California to Brazil.

In the afternoon transfer to Bordighera: just before the Punta Migliarese tunnel, a steep rocky slope appears, overlooking the sea, with terraces filled with beautiful plants. This is the Pallanca exotic garden, a spectacular naturalistic monument built by the descendants of Bartolomeo Pallanca. There are 3200 species of plants, among which the precious collection of cacti stands out, the most important in Italy and one of the most prestigious in Europe. The oldest plant – a “Copiapoa” cactus native to Chile, which grows on the slopes of the Andes – is three hundred years old.