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Parco di Villa Ormond

Sanremo, Imperia

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Corso Felice Cavallotti, 113
18038 Sanremo (IM)

Tel. +39 0184 541623

GPS coordinates:
Latitudine: 43.822613
Longitudine: 7.790294

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Opening times

Everyday of the year from 8am to 6 pm

Tickets

Free admission

How to reach
By car
A10 Highway, exit Arma di Taggia towards Arma di Taggia. Continue on Via Beglini for 2.6 km and follow the signs for SS1BIS in the direction of SS1 Via Aurelia up to the the arrival in Sanremo.

By train
Villa Ormond Park is a few steps of distnance by San Remo Railway Station.
For information on times and rail connections consult the web sites of Trenitalia e Italo Treno.
History
Villa Ormond Park in Sanremo juts out austerely but with luminosity towards the sea, embellishing the villa for over a century.
It was commissioned in the second half of the nineteenth century by Michel Louis Ormond, a Swiss businessman, as a place to meet or rest, or for festive ceremonies, a setting for memories, like a picture postcard in the time of patrons and travellers. It is now available to everyone, and reveals the harmonious synthesis of experience and aesthetic taste of botanists, agronomists and landscape designers who planted collections of palms, trees and shrubs from every continent here in a skilful blend of shapes and colours. This precious hoard of plant biodiversity bears living witness to distant lands, gathered in the Park under the sun of the Ligurian Riviera.
In 1887 an earthquake seriously damaged the villa, so Michel Louis Ormond decided to build a new one designed by the Swiss architect Emile Réverdin, which was completed in 1889. The terraces and citrus groves were eliminated to allow for the passage of vehicles and to create a view towards the sea. The Park project, crossed by the via Aurelia and the railway, included a palm grove, an area for cedars, the ancient olive grove, specimens of Ficus macrophylla and a stately central space inspired by classical Italian gardens.
Even now an extraordinary Phoenix reclinata palm catches the eye amongst the exotic species, a living monument considered to be the most majestic in Europe.
Villa Ormond was bought by Sanremo Municipality in 1928. An artistic fountain was erected in the lower area of the Park, while Exhibition Pavilions were built in the upper section to house International Shows such as the Flower Biennial (1933-1974).
Other two recently restored buildings are also interesting, both in the upper part: the Winter Palace which house the Flower Museum and the Giuseppe Pedriali Pavilion for flower exhibitions.

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