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“A Faded Diva”

Giardini Botanici Hanbury
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Ventimiglia
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Sydney Australia
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“A Faded Diva”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

These were once spectacular gardens, but alas no more !

We made a special trip here from France, staying overnight, and it would rate as one of the poorest looked after attraction we saw and a big disappointment. It is a great pity.

The gardens are heavily run over with weeds in most locations (see photo those are blankets of weeds between the trees !). It would seem that the University is no longer that interested or able to maintain it.

All cafes were closed - we are ok with that. But the toilet facilities were poor, the only open toilet at the bottom cafe level had a lid but no seat. The entry price - even in off-season was Euros 7.50 per head, so guests deserve better.

There was nothing very unusual in the gardens, yes the plants may be flowering in summer but nothing not seen elsewhere in your travels. It was raining when we were there but we still did the whole suggested walks.

Much as I was looking forward to this as a trip highlight and would have hoped to recommend this due to the history of the Hanbury family in developing it, I regretfully have to say its location is fine but it is not worth a time allocation for a visit unless you have days to spare.

Visited January 2014
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New Denver, Canada
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“Spend the day; lose track of time”
Reviewed November 10, 2013

Set on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Hanbury Gardens is a spot I revisit each time I come to Italy. This garden is a breathtaking oasis, a restorative botanical canvas of bloom. The path through the extensive gardens wends through a range of climactic zones showcasing native and exotic plants chosen by the former owner, a British collector of rare and interesting plants.

As with all great gardens, there are ample places to rest and regard the natural and human-crafted beauty of the garden's form. Benches, chairs and seats are placed in enchanting settings ranging from the striking succulent collections, to the citrus groves down by the sea.

Spend the day at Hanbury Gardens and be stirred by the breathtaking beauty of colour, form and composition.

Visited March 2013
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Nice, France
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21 reviews
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“Peace & tranquility”
Reviewed October 17, 2013

What a fantastic position overlooking the Mediterranean so peaceful and tranquil. So many rare plants and trees, don't miss coming here if you are in the area. Café at the bottom of the gardens was a disappointment, food choice minimal and very basic outside seating, with this position right at the side of the sea it could be fantastic.

Visited May 2013
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“A wonderful walk”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

We enjoyed seeing the variety of plants here - very varied covering many zones. Cafe by the sea lovely. Not for those with walking issues

Visited October 2013
1 Thank flymomMa
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Possibly wrong time of year ?”
Reviewed October 1, 2013

We visited in September and possibly most flowers had gone over by then. The gardens are large and on a steep slope so this isn't a good stop for those with limited mobility. The Palazzo was quite attractive externally but not open to the public. The gardens run down to the sea but this isn't exploited by the management as you can only see it though the small gates ! Very large specimen list perhaps of more interest to major gardening buffs than the average tourist.

No parking so expect a long walk to the gate once you find somewhere to stop unless very lucky.

Visited September 2013
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