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Villa Della Pergola (Alassio- Italy)

September 3, 2016 Destination Europe No Comments Email Email

foto_pergola_Archivio Villa della PergolaVilla della Pergola is a unique place. Due to its beautiful location overlooking the Gulf of Alassio in Italy  it is able to offer its guests a truly unforgettable experience with the refined and welcoming hospitality provided by its retreat, the quality of the restaurant and the extraordinary flower displays that colour and perfume its gardens for many months of the year.

Villa della Pergola and the Gardens were created at the end of the Nineteenth century: they belonged to wealthy British families, like the Scottish General William Montagu Scott Mc Murdo and the Hanbury family, and have been one of the most glamorous location on the Riviera in the Twentieth century.

For this seasonal opening visitors and guests can visit the Gardens and stay at the Relais until the end of October –  before the reopening on March 2017 – whereas NOVE, the new restaurant of the Villa is going to be opened all year round.

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The Gardens

Until the end of October the Gardens will be opened for guided tours: a unique occasion to visit one of the rare examples of the English garden in Italy carefully restored by the landscaper Paolo Pejrone.

The grounds cover an area of 22,000 square metres and are home to important botanical collections, like over 28 varieties of wisteria and more than 400 varieties of agapanthus. In September visitors can see lantanas, oleanders, begonias, hibiscus anduntil the end of October admire  the collection of citrus plants, one of the most important in the Gardens.  Late summer and early autumn are also good times for strolling through the park against the backdrop of tropical and Mediterranean vegetation,  like maritime pines, carob trees, holm oak, jacarandas, bird of paradise flowers, eucalyptus, banana trees, palm trees, aloes, agaves, prickly pear trees…

The Gardens are opened for guided tours that can be booked on Saturdays and Sundays starting  at 9.30 am, 11.30 am , 3 pm and 5 pm. During the week visits can be arranged for groups only.
For Bookings: tel. +39 0182.646130 –

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The Retreat

Set in lovely gardens, Villa della Pergola, Villino della Pergola and Casa del Sole are all elegant masterpieces of architecture that date from the end of the nineteenth century. These include the charming retreat where guests staying from March to October can feel completely at home in any of its twelve suites, each different from the other, and each dedicated to characters who have stayed at Villa della Pergola or who have been part of the aristocratic British colony that took up residence at Alassio.

The building have a quite unique history that is in fact intimately bound up with this English community that chose to stay on this coast in the years between 1800 and 1900 as one of their favourite wintering holiday spots.

The two villas (that is the Villa and the Villino della Pergola), that were lovingly restored by the architect Ettore Mocchetti, replicate the English Victorian residences to be found in India and in Malaysia with studiously selected furnishings and an elegant collection of Victorian and Edwardian watercolours and paintings that reflect the good taste of the fin de siécle.

In a secluded corner of the luxuriant garden stands the Casa del Sole, which owes it name to its fortunate position which ensures it is constantly flooded by natural light. The Casa del Sole was the preferred setting for the relaxing afternoon teas for the Dalrymple family and later for the Hanburys, both previous owners of Villa della Pergola.


The Restaurant

NOVE is the refurbished Restaurant of Villa della Pergola, it is open all year round and run by Chef Giorgio Servetto. NOVE wants to put at first place the quality of raw materials, researching authentic local products and giving complete importance to seasons. Chef Giorgio Servetto’s cuisine wants to narrate his story, made of flavor and taste which tell about his childhood, strictly connected with traditional Ligurian cooking, influenced by Piemonte and France, reviewed into a modern tone.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.

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