The Gardens of Villa della Pergola, overlooking the sea, were created at the close of the nineteenth century, a rare example of a Mediterranean English park preserved in its entirety: 22,000 square metres of poetic harmony of Mediterranean vegetation, rare plants and exotic flora.
Already in 1908 they were recognised by William Scott, in his historic-artistic guide “The Riviera”, as being “amongst the marvels of the Riviera, worthy rivals to the Mortola Gardens”. The Gardens proudly claim a unique history closely linked to the English community. Over the years the property changed hands between important English families including the Hanburys, already owners of the renowned Mortola Gardens.
After a spell of neglect and deterioration, the Gardens were saved from the threat of property speculation in 2006 and carefully restored under the direction of Paolo Pejrone, with particular attention to recuperation and conservation as well as the creation of the acclaimed botanical collections together with Silvia Arnaud Ricci. Two of the more spectacular collections are those of wisteria, 34 varieties in the largest Italian collection, and agapanthus, now the most important in Europe with almost 500 different species. The flowering seasons of both are not to be missed, respectively in April and June. From this year the little secular myrtle wood also enhances the collections. Visitors can stroll through the romantic arbours linking the various levels of the Gardens, admiring banksiae roses together with delicate waterlilies and luxuriant lotus fl owers in the little lakes and fountains. Amongst cluster pines, cypresses, Lebanese cedars, evergreen oaks and a masterfully planted citrus collection next to jacarandas, araucarias, including the prehistoric Wollenia nobilis, palms, tree ferns, cacti and many other plants from every latitude.
Villa della Pergola, one of the Relais & Chateaux is immersed in these Gardens; within is the Ristorante Nove, with a Michelin star.