Bordighera is a town and comune
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in the Province of Imperia
Province of Imperia
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, Liguria
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The city was founded around the 4th century BC by the Ligures
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Historically, it has been a favourite winter resort, especially for visitors and retirees from England
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, and is renowned for its beautiful coast scenery. Its flowers and palms have been well known, with the flowers having been exported and the palms used on Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday
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 at St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter's Basilica
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 in Rome
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 and other churches. A museum contains a unique collection of the flora of the Riviera.

From 1682 until the Napoleonic period, Bordighera was the capital of a small republic
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 of the villages of the neighboring valleys.

Main sights

  • Church of Santa Maria Maddalena (17th century).
  • Lowe and Moren Gardens along the Via Julia Augusta
    Via Julia Augusta
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     (now Via Romana).
  • Several buildings designed by Charles Garnier
    Charles Garnier
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    , architect of the Paris Opera, in particular the Villa Garnier on the Via Charles Garnier, and the Church of Terrasanta.
  • Church of St. Ampelio
  • Museo Biblioteca Clarence Bicknell houses the collections and illustrations of Clarence Bicknell
    Clarence Bicknell
    Clarence Bicknell was a British amateur botanist and archaeologist.While employed as a vicar in Bordighera, Italy, Bicknell became noted for his identification of the plants and petroglyphs of the Ligurian Riviera...



The Scottish writer George MacDonald
George MacDonald
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 lived and worked for parts of the year in Bordighera. His house was an important cultural centre for the British colony. He is buried at the churchyard of the former Anglican church. John Goodchild
John Goodchild
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 also ran a medical practice here for a number of years. It was here that he bought the blue bowl which he later took to Glastonbury
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Claude Monet
Claude Monet
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 lived in Bordighera and painted numerous pictures of the town.

Twin cities

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, France
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, since 1956 Neckarsulm
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, Germany
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, since 1963

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