The Villas and the Gardens
Villa Grock in Imperia, Villa Nobel and Villa Ormond in Sanremo and Villa Hanbury in Ventimiglia
The villas around Imperia are known for their beauty and their peculiar style. Choosing a favourite is difficult, since they are all very different, but all extraordinary.
Villa Grock, for example, is a villa which is also known as "white villa", it was founded by an internationally known clown, Grock. This Liberty style villa is in Oneglia, and has been the residence of Grock's family up until the first half of the 20th century, when it became the Clown Museum.
Villa Nobel, belonged to Alfred Nobel, the renowned swedish scientist who named one of the most yearned prizes of all times. The villa is built in a neogotic style, and it now hosts a museum.
Villa Ormond is near Sanremo, and it is known for its great park, rich in exotic and rare plants, the villa itself is often used to host international flower expositions or tourists events. It belonged to dr. Ormond, a rich swiss entrepreneur, who lived there with his french wife who was a poet.
Last but not least, Villa Hanbury in Ventimiglia has a particularly appreciated botanical garden, which are only open to the public at specific times. The gardes are a Regional Protected Area, and are about 18 hectares wide.