How to reach
A10 Genova-Ventimiglia Highway
From Genoa: exit at Albenga, take the Aurelia bis (s.S.1 bis) or the via Aurelia in the direction of Alassio (10 minutes)
From Ventimiglia: exit at Andora, take the via Aurelia (s.S.1) in the direction of Alassio (10 minutes)
Ferrovie dello Stato (National Rail Company) - Genova-Ventimiglia / Ventimiglia-Genova line:
it is possible to walk to the Villa from the Alassio railway station (approx. 10 minutes), or take a taxi (3 minutes)
Distance from C. Colombo Genova international airport about 45 minutes
Distance from C. Panero Villanova d'Albenga private airport about 10 minutes
Distance from Nice international airport about 1 hour
Villa della Pergola and the little Villa, or Villino, are immersed in a luxuriant garden of 22,000 square metres, where Mediterranean planting blends with various typologies of rare plants and evocative, exotic flora in Alassio. The buildings boast a unique history, closely tied to the English community which had elected this corner of the Riviera amongst its favourite destinations for over-wintering between 1800 and 1900. In 1904 Edward Elgar was inspired by the town when composing his symphony “In the South (Alassio)”.
Villa della Pergola park was created by the Scottish General William Montagu Scott McMurdo in 1875 and at the beginning of the 1900s was passed to the Baronet Sir Walter Hamilton Dalrymple, cousin to Virginia Woolf. It was defined by William Scott as ''... one of the marvels of the Riviera, a worthy rival to the Mortola Gardens'', in his historic-artistic guide entitled “The Riviera” (1908).
The park underwent a great boost after 1922, when the property passed to Daniel Hanbury, second son to Thomas, the owner of the renowned Hanbury Gardens of the Mortola in Ventimiglia.
After a spell of neglect, the park was rescued from building development and carefully restored by the landscape architect Paolo Pejrone.
Visitors can stroll through maritime pines, cypresses, cedars of Lebanon, holm oaks and different varieties of citrus trees expertly planted amongst Jacarandas, Araucarias, bananas, palms, Dicksonia tree ferns etc from every latitude. The extraordinary collection of agapanthus consists of hundreds of different varieties, unique in number and quality. Romantic bowers of wisteria - over 28 variety - of banksiae roses link the different levels of the park, where delicate water lilies and the collection of lotus flowers flourish in the lakes and fountains surrounding the Villas.
The launch of NOVE took place in April 2016. To intensify the genuineness of the cooking, the executive chef and his brigade take from I Giardini di Villa della Pergola citrus, aromatic herbs and edible flowers. Three tasting menu, one of them completely vegetarian, and ŕ la carte menu, will take NOVE's guest to a travel between the sea and country of Liguria, passing through France, continuing towards Piedmont.
During only few months, the Chef received copious recognitions such as two hats from Guida de L'Espresso, classifying NOVE the second best restaurant in Liguria and among the 150 best in Italy; two forks from the guide Gambero Rosso and other recognitions from Italian Touring Club and GattiMassobrio guide.
Located in one of the most splendid parks in Italy, Villa della Pergola, Villino della Pergola and Casa del Sole are an elegant late 19th century architectural masterpiece, looking onto the enchanting Gulf of Alassio.
Villa della Pergola, Villino della Pergola and Casa del Sole offer different suites divided between the Villas. The suites have their own individual style, ambiance, colour palette, and furnishings and are dedicated to the many figures that have stayed at Villa della Pergola in the past, or were part of the British community in Alassio.
Original accounts, memorabilia, antique paintings and late 19th century furniture evoke a charming atmosphere.