FAMOUS PEOPLE’S HOMES IN OUR RIVIERA

FAMOUS PEOPLE’S HOMES  IN OUR RIVIERA

1-Villa Regina Margherita, Via Romana 36 Bordighera

The Italian Queen Margherita of Savoy, wife of Umberto I, spent the last period of his life in a sumptuous villa in Bordighera,

designed by Luigi Brogli.

She died here in 1926. The villa, then gifted to the Association for Families of the Fallens and Missinsg in War is now owned by the town. It consists of two beautiful buildings with beautiful park.

2-The home of Charles Garnier, Garnier Street, 11 Bordighera

The elegant white profile of Villa Garnier, the private residence of the famous French architect Charles Garnier, designer of the Paris Opera, the Casino of Monte Carlo, of the Nice Observatory, overlooks Bordighera.

Here he lived longtime and designed:

Villa Etelinda, the building that is now the town hall, the church of the Terrasanta, Villa Studio and of course, his home.

After the death of the architect, Villa Garnier belonged to an American family, and then switched to the Diocese of Ventimiglia.

In this villa, Garnier wrote "les sujets artistiques de Bordighera" dedicated to the artists that would stop in this beautiful corner of the world, suggesting places that make the city Bordighera entirely unique.

3- The house of the painter Pompeo Mariani, via fontana vecchia , 7 Bordighera

Pompeo Mariani was one of the greatest painters of the marine in the world.

In 1889 he came to spend the winter in Bordighera and immediately was attracted by the sea ,by fishermen in Arziglia district and of course by olive groves and palm trees.

It 1909 he became permanent guest of Bordighera and between the Old Town and the way of the Hills bought the villa that still bears his name.

Mariani good style Impressionist painter, worked intensely between the Riviera and the Principality of Monaco.

4-The home of Thomas Hanbury-businessman and benefactor-, Capo Mortola Ventimiglia

Thomas Hanbury, the London businessman, in love with the west coast from the peculiar climate, near Ventimiglia, in 1867 bought a large land on the cape of the Mortola.

Here he made his house transforming and paying particular attention to the lush garden surrounding it.

Today, by the will of the family Hanbury,the gardens belong to the Italian State and their preservation is entrusted by the Institute of Botany of the University of Genova.

Even now for location and quality of flower essences and trees, is considered one of the most beautiful gardens in Italy.

5-The home of the scientist Alfred B. Nobel, Corso Cavallotti, 112 Sanremo.

Alfred Nobel lived the last years of his life in Sanremo, in a building of eclectic style, surrounded by a beautiful exotic park, with a turret where he undertook and perfected his experiments.

The villa was built in a style somewhere between Liberty and Baroque in 1891 .

Today the house is home to a cultural center with a permanent museum of Nobel relics together.

6-The house of the writer Italo Calvino, via Meridiana, 82 Sanremo.

Italo Calvino, one of the greatest Italian writers of the twentieth century, was born in Cuba and died in Siena.

Between 1925 and 1945 Calvino lived in Sanremo.

Corners of the Ligurian landscape are mentioned in the famous novel "The Road to San Giovanni".

Withhis family lived for long time in Villa Meridiana, which still retains part of the park of tropical plants done by his father Mario Calvino, a famous agronomist in Sanremo and his mother Eva Mameli, botany.

7-The House of Clown Adrien Wettach “ Grock” , Via Carli, Imperia.

The clown Grock born in Switzerland on Jan. 10, 1880 and lived the last years of his life in Imperia until his death July 14, 1959.

The building looks outside like a bizarre object while inside is a rigorous example of style "Art Deco", as if the great clown loved a lifestyle different from what he had to "appear" in public.

He appreciated the city during a visit to the parents in-laws who were there on vacation and returned many times and finally bought his house now owned by the province of Imperia.

After restoration, Villa Grock, will become a multipurpose center for conferences, exhibitions and partly museum for collections and to remember the great artist.


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