Discovering the most beautiful gardens of Liguria - Second part
The virtual visit to the most beautiful gardens of Liguria continues. In the previous article we explored the natural and architectural wonders of the gardens of the western coast, while today we will move towards the east, in the provinces of Savona and Genoa. The Ai Pozzi Village hotel and residence in Loano, in a favorable position to explore the beauties of the whole region.
Gardens of Villa Pergola in Alassio
This splendid garden, located on the first heights of Alassio, is an example of an Anglo-Mediterranean park that retains its original extension. We owe his birth to General Montagu McMurdo and his wife Lady Susan Sarah Napier who, in the second half of the 1800s, decided to build a dwelling to spend the most rigid months of the year, transforming the seventeenth-century summer residence of the Counts of Lengueglia. At that time the area in front of the villa was a rural farm, characterized by olive trees, citrus fruits and carobs that were used to feed the pack animals. The couple transformed it into a pleasure park full of ornamental plants. The subsequent owners, including Daniel Hanbury, one of the sons of Sir Thomas Hanbury, creator of the homonymous gardens of Ventimiglia, enriched the park with exotic flowers and botanical species and architectural interventions such as fountains and pergolas. After years of neglect and neglect, the garden has been refurbished and opened to the public for guided tours on Saturdays and Sundays, in the months between March and October.
Villa Faraggiana of Albisola
This charming eighteenth-century villa, home of the noble family of Durazzo first and then of the Faraggiana family, is a real pearl where art, nature and architecture blend perfectly. An admirable model of a noble holiday residence of the time, today it has become the seat of a museum of historical and artistic value. The Italian garden that surrounds the villa is an example of how geometry and nature can meet each other: hedges, trees and flowers are arranged in an orderly and symmetrical way, symbol of an aristocratic refinement. Walking through these gardens, among cedars, magnolias, camphor trees, hibiscus, and elegant fountains, it is easy to imagine noble ladies in luxurious dresses with baroque court parties. It is no coincidence that it is the ideal location for special events and weddings, as well as a place that undoubtedly deserves a visit. For more information this is the official website of Villa Faraggiana.
Villa Durazzo Pallavicini in Genoa
This park located in Pegli was built between 1840 and 1846 thanks to the project by the architect Michele Canzio, at the request of the Marquis Ignazio Alessandro Pallavicini. It is one of the most excellent historical-romantic gardens in Italian and European style, which extends over eight hectares. The visit of this park is really particular and suggestive: it is an experience connected to the historical and cultural knowledge of the time and see unique botanical species, in an atmosphere of mystical and esoteric taste. The guided tour was orchestrated like a theatrical work, to fully exploit the scenic potential of the park. It unfolds in three acts, each of which is developed in four scenes where it is possible to admire lakes, streams, waterfalls, architectural structures, rare plants, scenic deceptions, in an emotionally involving crescendo that results in the final act of water games. Visit the Durazzo Pallavicini garden website for more information.
La Cervara on the Gulf of Tigullio - Portofino
This is the abbey of San Girolamo on the mountain of Portofino, a magical place, between sacred and profane , that dominates the Gulf of Tigullio. It was built by Benedictine monks in 1364, who were the first to inhabit it. The garden, another example of an Italian-style historical park, is not exposed directly to the sea, because the salt would risk damaging plants and flowers that are present in abundance here. There are many botanical species from all over the world: some examples are the American agave, the Chinese palm, the pink pepper, the Aleppo pines. Of course, Mediterranean vegetation with caper, pine, pine and citrus trees is not missing. A walk in this park in the spring months is a joy for the senses.