The 'nest' of the Swedish scientist
A splendid example of Moorish architecture, Villa Nobel is one of the most beautiful buildings in Sanremo, a must-see jewel by anyone visiting the City of Flowers in any season. Built at the end of the 19th century, the mansion is named after famous scientist Alfred Nobel who lived there alone for six years while working on numerous patents.
In the basement, you can visit the Swedish scholar's laboratory, with reconstructions of his working rooms and photos showing how his most famous experiments took place. The tour continues on the ground floor, in the Pompeian-style frescoed conference room, and on the first floor, in Nobel's studio.
Then, move outside the villa to the magnificent park surrounding the building. Under the tall Cupressus macrocarpa, you can see a cannon used by the scientist for his ballistic experiments. The lush 6,000-square-metre garden is home to many valuable plants, a real treasure for botany enthusiasts. Today, the park includes an area dedicated to private or institutional events and ceremonies.