BORDIGHERA – The elegance of Art Nouveau and the Medieval village
Duration: 4-5 hours approx.
The old town on Cape Sant’Ampelio is a corner of old Liguria that Claude Monet painted four times; the elegant and sophisticated part of the town built in the 19th – early 20th century stretches between the beaches and the aristocratic villas scattered over the hillsides that face the French Riviera. The novel “Doctor Antonio” by Giovanni Ruffini (1855) made Bordighera famous amongst the wealthy English.
Up above amongst the luxury hotels and the elegant Art Nouveau villas on the via Romana, the Villa of Queen Margherita – an enchanted visitor to Bordighera, and Villa Ethelinda stand out as does the Clarence Bicknell Museum lower down, with casts of the rock carvings found on Mount Bego in the Vallé des Merveilles in France.
We can organize – on request – the visit of Villa Mariani, the residence of the great impressionist painter Pompeo Mariani. The Atelier, which is perfectly preserved and contains 1500 objects that belonged to the artist, is among the most important existing worldwide. Both the villa and the atelier preserve important works of art of great artists friends of Pompeo Mariani.
We will visit the Medieval village and the wonderful Gardens overlooking the sea, and if you wish we can enjoy a nice walk along the “Beodo” trail. Walking amongst dry walls, palms, mimosa, brooms and olive trees is the best way to enjoy the Italian Riviera!
We can customize the tour in advance (adding the visit of ancient mansions, according to your wishes, for an additional fee).
Shared tour – transfer by minivan or car;
Guided tour led by licensed tourist guide (entrance tickets are included);
Entrance tickets to museums / historic villas are not included.