Italy: Hanbury Gardens
Italy: The Hanbury Gardens
The Italian Riviera dei Fiori (Flower Riviera) could not have a more symbolic start. At only 3 km from the French border the Giardini Hanbury await the visitor, probably the most beautiful botanical gardens of the Italian and French Riviera combined. They are spread out over the Cape of Mortola, the continuation of the mountain range between France and Italy, where the Alps reach the Mediterranean Sea: an ideal protection against the northern winds. That's why Thomas Hanbury and his German garden architect Ludwig Winter succeeded so well in acclimatising exotical species. But not only their botanical riches, also the design, the buildings and the sea view add to the beauty of this Gesamtkunstwerk.