What to see in Bordighera

12 things to see in Bordighera

Bordighera is a place that makes travelers fall in love with the atmosphere and lifestyle it offers.

Let’s face it, in this small seaside town there are no large monuments comparable to the great Italian cities of art.

But like every little pearl of our country, even here between a swim in the sea is a walk in the greenery, there are many things to admire.

Don’t miss the best: here is the list of 12 things to see absolutely in Bordighera.

Church of St. Ampelio


The church of Sant’Ampelio is the symbol of Bordighera and stands right in the southernmost point of all Liguria and northern Italy.

This place, together with the cliff just below, is a place dear to all the inhabitants of Bordighera.

There is a long waiting list for newlyweds who want to celebrate their wedding here, but the wait is definitely worth it.

Under this church there is a hidden crypt where the patron saint of the city lived: it is often possible to visit it.

Bordighera Alta


The historic center of Bordighera is called “Bordighera Alta” and represents the first settlement that gave rise to the city.

Bordighera alta dates back to 1470 and is a fortified village within which a dense network of alleys, alleys and squares branches off.

This historic center is perfectly preserved and maintained and is full of characteristic restaurants and bars ideal for an Italian aperitif.

The Waterfront


The Argentina promenade has always been the pride of the city of Bordighera because, historically, it was the longest pedestrian sea walk on the Riviera.

It is called so because it was inaugurated by Evita Peròn, wife of the Argentine president, in 1947.

Since then many things have changed and the continuation to the west of the promenade is a beautiful cycle and pedestrian walk that, through the neighboring municipalities, leads up to Ventimiglia and up to Dolceacqua.

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The Beodo Trail


The Beodp is an ancient path that goes from the heart of Bordighera Alta into the Sasso valley.

This walk that traces the ancient aqueduct is immersed in the green of the palms, mimosas and rich Mediterranean vegetation. The scenery is very suggestive and if you want to visit it it is advisable to do it in the morning, especially in winter, because of the sun exposure.

The more adventurous can go to the hamlet of Sasso, at the top of the valley.

The Pallanca Exotic Garden


If you are a nature lover and you pass by Bordighera, you cannot miss the exotic Pallanca Garden .

This garden of over 10,000 meters is specialized in succulent and succulent plants: the largest collection in Europe is built here, it is one of the largest in the world.

For an unforgettable experience it is advisable to visit it in the morning to enjoy the beautiful sun rising in the east.

This garden on the slopes of Monte Nero has a beautiful sea view and is the ideal set for taking wonderful photos.

Villa Mariani


Behind Bordighera alta, hidden by vegetation and ancient walls, there is Villa Mariani, home of the Pompeo Mariani foundation.

Pompeo Mariani was a famous 19th century painter friend of the greatest impressionists in history. He who lived right in this villa.

Inside this property is still visible La Specola, his Atelier, where the artist created his masterpieces.

Very interesting guided tours are organized every week.

Inside the park of the villa it is still possible to see one of the olive trees portrayed by Claude Monet in one of his paintings on Bordighera.

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Villa Etelinda


Villa etelinda is the result of the work of two extraordinary 19th century architects: Charles Garnier, who designed the structure of the villa, and Ludwig Winter who oversaw the design of the park.

This marvelous villa overlooking Via Romana was commissioned by the German banker Raphaël Bischoffsheim.

Following a somewhat troubled history and several owners, the villa was sold to Queen Margherita of Savoy.

Today it is possible to visit it on special occasions or by appointment.

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Bicknell Museum


The Bicknell museum is a curious stop that allows you to immerse yourself in the world of Clarence Bicknell, an English mathematician, botanist, archaeologist who lived in Bordighera at the end of the 19th century. Here, among other things, he studied the ancient cave paintings of Monte Bego.

From the beautiful Via Romana you go down to the museum admiring the lush vegetation. Here you can be amazed by a giant specimen of ficus and a beautiful wisteria plant on the facade of the museum.

Inside the museum you can admire the activity of the English botanist including a beautiful collection of butterflies.

Villa Garnier


Charles Garnier designed two villas with a very similar imprint in Bordighera. The first was Villa Etelinda and the second, precisely, Villa Garnier which dates back to 1871.

The villa, which overlooks the tourist port of Bordighera, can be easily reached from the historic center: today it is a holiday home managed by the nuns.

This majestic building is spread over three floors and is surrounded by a wonderful garden designed by Ludwig Winter. But what distinguishes this villa is the White Tower that stands out in the sky, which the architect called “Mon mirador”.

The Marabutto


The Marabutto is a former powder magazine that still houses three ancient cannons: “Butafoegu”, “Tiralogni” and “Cagastrasse”.

In fact, it is a beautiful terrace overlooking the sea, the marina and the church of Sant’Ampelio.
This place is dear you have bordigotti because many have spent their youth there and it is the best observation point for the fireworks that take place on May 14 every year.

Monumental trees


Nature is one of those elements that makes the lifestyle of those who want to live Bordighera unique.

The most amazing examples of the luxuriant nature of this location are the hidden monumental plants which is the.

The most incredible plants are the Ficus Macrophylla which are located near the Bicknell museum and behind the Town Hall: all the specimens arrive safely at 20 meters in height and have a diameter in the stem greater than 1 meter.

The Sunset of Bordighera


National Geographic has included the Bordighera sunset among 10 most beautiful sunsets in the world.

Especially during the winter season, in fact, the sun drops below the horizon right at the foot of the French Riviera and the spectacle, from the Argentine promenade of Bordighera, leaves you breathless.