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Franco Alfano


1876 - 1954

The composer Franco Alfano, a native of San Remo is famous for having finished Turandot, left unfinished by Giacomo Puccini, he lived in Bordighera in 1926 in order to the "Villa delle Onde" where he composed some works. He returned to Bordighera after the Second World War, in the last years of his life, for directing, along with Joseph Balbo the "American Academy of lyric".

Silvio Andracco
1889 - 1960

Silvio Andracco, il "Poeta profumiere", nacque a Seborga nel 1889 e morì a Bordighera il 22 gennaio 1960. Fu un uomo sensibile agli usi e alle tradizioni della nostra terra. Studiò da geometra ma uno zio profumiere a Grasse, in Francia, gli insegnò l'arte della distillazione, che esercitò a Bordighera nel laboratorio Myeres, vicino al cinema Olimpia. Nella vetrina di quel negozietto si potevano trovare flaconcini di Mimosa Myeres, Brezzamarina e Oro di Seborga, che gli valsero la fama di "Poeta della Mimosa". Appassionato di poesia, ne scrisse diverse tra cui "In bordigotu a San Martin", "Sasciu", "A Burdighea" e "Burghetu". Dopo la sua morte venne pubblicata una raccolta di sonetti dialettali dal titolo "Quadretti comici dei nostri paesi".

Adolf  Angst
1845- 1928

He was born in Wil in Switzerland, his father was mayor and his mother was the daughter of chaplain of the court of St. Petersburg. After brief experience working in Schaffhausen and Paris he got a responsability job in St. Petersburg and later he founded a factory machine  knitting. He moved to Bordighera in 1879 and built the imposing  Hotel Bordighera, but in 1887, the building was severely damaged by  earthquake. He was not discouraged and the following year began the building of the hotel of which bears his name and underwent several operations until 1914. He succeeded in this way to provide jobs to many peoplei and He works for charities in the town, that it appropriate to confer honorary citizenship and the government awarded the Knights Cross of the Crown of Italy.

Edward Berry


1861 - 1931

Grandson of Clarence Bicknell, a British vice-consul, he came to Bordighera with anything intentions of those for which he said. He was passionate about history and art but also of business and in Bordighera he wanted to open a bank or an agency business. And in Bordighera met his future wife Margaret Serecold and together formed a center of artistic and cultural reference to the enrichment of the Museum Bicknell and International Public Library.

Margareth Berry


1867 - 1959

Maiden surname was Serecold. She was already residing at Bordighera with the large colony of British, before she know Edward Berry. She was also a studious, she contributed in particular to studies of her husband and collect data, informations and news on the territory, particularly interested in local traditions and especially engaging on utilization of cultural aspects of our city. With her husband she occupied with great passion of Bicknell Museum of International Public Library.

Carlo Betocchi


1899 - 1986

Carlo Betocchi was born in Turin in 1899. He moved still small in Florence to follow his father,railway employee. Left orphaned by the death of his father with the brothers Joseph and Anna, was educated by his mother, which follows with particular care and attention to his spiritual formation. He studied at the technical institute in Florence with his friend Piero Bargellini. He attended the official school of Parma where he obtained the diploma. He attended the First World War fighting on the Piave and then voluntarily departed for Libya. Later in possession of diploma he begins to practice as a surveyor in Florence and in different localities of central and northern Italy.He bought an apartment in Bordighera and remained there for several years, until his death in 1986.He bought an apartment in Bordighera and remained there for several years, until his death in 1986.He bought an apartment in Bordighera and remained there for several years, until his death in 1986.He was a discreet person, solitary, shy and gentle as in the behavior. His library was absorbed by the town hall of Florence.

Clarence Bicknell


1842 - 1918

A very versatile character: he was natural scientist, mathematician and studious of Esperanto and also British religious. He left the Anglican church in 1877 when he moved to Bordighera. Here he founded a museum for his botanical and archaeological collections. He passionately studied botany in general and particularly the local.He wrote and collected so much material made of notes, drawings and studies which is now preserved in museums in Genoa and Tenda, where he is buried. The museum in Bordighera was founded with his archaeological and scientific material over a magnificent study on the flora of Bordighera. In our town he founded an Esperanto group that he presided until his death.

Roman Bilinski


1897 - 1981

Born in Lviv, his parents were Polish and possessed enormous land. The contact with nature will be crucial for his creativity in the paint. The years between the two world wars have been shocking for him and his family with a continuous pilgrimage to Europe. Finally arrives in Italy and after a while he moved permanently to Bordighera where the garden of his villa will be transformed into an exotic jungle. His painting is evolving and decided to concentrate on portraits and landscapes. He died on March 26 1981 from a heart attack.

Raphael Louis Bischoffsheim
1823 - 1906

Born in Amsterdam was a banker, politician and patron. However, it became a French citizen in old age and he held political office in the Republican Unionbut his passion was astronomy and funded and founded the Observatory of Nice.Distinguished and generous visitor of Bordighera, always willing to try to improve the development citizen with economic contributions.  He has built, on the Romana road, the Villa Bischffsheim, then became, by Charles Garnier, Villa Etelinda. In his villa housed assiduously bankers, scholars, entrepreneurs and politicians.

Irene Brin

1914 - 1969

Her real name was Maria Victoria Rossi she was born in the hamlet of Sasso. Her father was general while her mother was a Jewish scholar, of Austrian birth. It was the mother that taught languages and passed the passion for literature. She was affirmed journalist with the magazine "Omnibus" owned by Leo Longanesi that had the merit of giving the pseudonym of Irene Brin. She wrote on the "Week Income", signed as "Contessa Clara" and wrote several important books.Traveler but also a woman of culture and style she never forgot Bordighera where she often returned and where she is buried.

Luigi Cadorna

1850 - 1928

He was the son of General and Count Raffaele Cadorna, and was designated till when he was small to military career. Military career that saw him leading with numerous awards such as the Knights of large cross and commemorative medals of the Italian-Austrian war, the victory in the first warand unity of Italy. He became senator in 1913 and remained until his death. He has always been the guest of Bordighera and not just in recent years.He had much knowledge of our locations, and he entertained amiably the guests of Jolie, where he established his residence and where he died in 1928.And where a plaque remembers him.

Marcello Cammi
1912 - 1994

Born in San Remo in 1912 and soon be passionate, self, to painting and sculpture. He moved to Bordighera, in Arziglia, alongside the river Sasso, where he lives and has his study and, particularly, his "enchanted garden"a petrified place made of totem, cats, dogs,faces, bicycles, boats, everything, absolutely everything. One of those places that only a singular person a little mad can create without any support. He was a ligurian master of poor art, naive, unique and special. He loved varying his paints from ligurian landscapes to still lifes,from flower vases to anonymous faces. He died in Bordighera in 1994 and his wife Vittorina keeps alive his exposure to visitors until two violent floods  of the century that have erased everything.

Lovis Corinth

1858 - 1925

The German painter was the protagonist of several artistic transformations going from Impressionism  realism to naturalism to a sensual and optimistic. He shot a lot of Europe and has married a his younger than twenty years student, Charlotte Berend. With his wife he loved to stay often at Bordighera Angst. Among his works has left some paint on our city.

Edmondo De Amicis

1846 - 1908

The writer and educationalist of Imperia is mainly known for being the author of the book "Cuore", one of the most famous texts in literature for children. He studied in Cuneo and Turin and then entered at the Military Academy in Modena, where he became official. He participated in the Battle of Custoza. In Florence he began the literary career and was journalist for the newspaper La Nazione. In addition to the book "Cuore" he published several other, less famous texts. He joined  subsequently to socialism and stayed in Bordighera at Casa Coraggio, where George MacDonald lived. The last few years were the most difficult because of a family situation that culminated  with the suicide of the young child Furio. In 1908 he died at his home in Bordighera, where a plaque remembers him.

Ferdinando Savoia


1884 - 1963

His full name was Ferdinand Adalbert Umberto Filippo di Savoia Genoa and he was a member of the House of Savoy and an Italian admiral.Reached the degree of rear admiral in 1927 and admiral in 1934, Ferdinand became the captain of the Adriatic. While living in years so important for the history of Italy, Ferdinand was always kept away from politics and from the court, devoted only to his passion for the sea and leading a fairly anonymous life. In 1946, after a short stay in Portugal at the King Umberto II in exile, he returned to Italy and settled in Bordighera, where he died in 1963.

Leo Ferrè

singer songwriter

1916 - 1993

Born in Principality of Monaco, his father was the director of personnel of the casino of Monte Carlo. With a rebellious spirit up by very young, the family decided to send it to eight years of age at the College Saint Charles of Bordighera where he remained through adolescence and then move to Rome. Go get the diploma of maturity before  settling in Paris where he graduated in law and then subscribe to "Ecole Libre de Sciences Politiques". Anarchist, has enthusiastically embraced the intellectual life of Paris. In addition to the music its great passions were poetry and writing. Experience school in Bordighera influenced a lot in his become the anarchist adult tell her story in the novel by giovincello "Benoit Misère" written in 1956. He died in Tuscany in 1993.

Antonio Fogazzaro

1842 - 1911

The author of "Piccolo Mondo Antico", born in Vicenza from a wealthy family, he graduated in law at Turin and decided to stay in Milan before returning  finally to Vicenza. During his stay in Bordighera at the Belvedere hotel we know of his admiration for the landscape and vegetation, documented by  a letter to his daughter Julia and published by Ottorino Morra in "Fogazzaro in his little world".

Manlio Garibaldi
1873 - 1900

Son of Giuseppe Garibaldi, was born in Caprera by the second wife, Frances Armosino. His passion for the sea soon led him to enter nell'Accademia Navale of Livorno which was one of the first cadets. In early 1900 he moved to the Bordighera villa in the hills where he died on January 12 of 1900 due to tuberculosis just 27 years. Edmondo De Amicis testimony that was estimated by citizenship during his short stay

Charles Garnier

1825 - 1898

Born in Paris, he was pushed by his mother to study architecture. Then he entered the School Fine Arts.He won the Grand Prix of the French Academy of Sciences that allows him to stay in Rome.He then travels to Athens before returning to Paris where he won the Competition for the "Opèra", which will give to him a work for fourteen years. During a stay in Mentone he knew Bordighera and he bought a palm grove that turned into a botanic garden  and instead of the nearby chapel of St. Sebastian he built his residence: Villa Garnier. In France he was the architect of major projects while in Bordighera we note: the Church of "Terrasanta", the "Belvedere" hotel, villa Etelinda, the  building R.T. Post Office (now the headquarters of vigilant urban) and the former school. He lived in Bordighera for a long time, leaving many memories.

Eva Gore-Booth

1870 - 1926

The Irish poet and playwright was much appreciated throughout the united kingdom. Also very engaged in social work for the poor and disadvantaged. She was ill oftuberculosis shortly after the two decades came to Bordighera in large English colony and took a dwelling at Casa Coraggio. In Bordighera she knew Esther Roper, she became her great friend and life companion.  After the brackets in our city they
came together first in Manchester and then to London to continue their activism in favor of women's rights. Although her frail health she continued in literature activismand she never left until her death in London.

Imperatrice Federico


1840 - 1901

Victory of Saxony-Coburg-Gotha, full name Victoria Adelaide Mary Louise (London, 21 November 1840 - Schloss Friedrichshof, 5 August 1901), born Royal Princess of the United Kingdom, she was Queen of Prussia and Empress of Germany as the wife of Frederick III of Germany. She was the first child of Queen Victoria and Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. While in the family she was known by the names of "Pussy" or "Vicky".
After the death of her husband she was known as the title of "Empress Frederick" (in German Kaiserin Friedrich).  Several times guest in Bordighera where she stayed at Angst Hotel, a road was named as "Empress Frederick."


Petr Alekseevic Kropotkin

1842 - 1921

He was a philosopher and was born in Moscow by an aristocratic family. He was one of the biggest supporters of Anarchy and anarchy-communism.In 1857 he entered the corps of pages from which came out in 1862 to join the Cossack, with service in Siberia.In this period, he embraced the ideals of anarchists, and was able to make a series of studies of geography, geology and zoology, which would later influence in the development of his philosophy.Exile, he was in Italy, especially in the Ligurian Riviera and in Bordighera where stayed from 1909 to 1913. He was nicknamed the "Prince anarchist".

Nino Lamboglia

1912 - 1977

Born in Imperia Porto Maurizio, the son of a teacher, he graduated in Literature at Genoa, with a thesis about archaeology.Later he became an important archaeologist. Inspector and then Superintendent added at the antiquity of Liguria, from the Fifties onwards he directed the  first underwater archaeological research and excavations in various Liguria, Sicily and Rome. In Bordighera he worked at the Museo Bicknell and was for a long time director of 'International Institute of Ligurian Studies, and he founded for this institution their sections at various locations outside the region, he died in a car accident at the port of Genoa.

Charles Henry Lowe
business man
1828 - 1909

Born in Gibraltar in 1828, he dedicated to international trade with South America and managed to accumulate a considerable fortune. He moved to Bordighera along with the British colony who chose to stay in our city. In Bordighera he bought the 'Casa Rosa' (Pink House), a villa that had a small chapel.In October 1878 after having bought a land near the Anglican church he built the first tennis court in Italy, and founded the Lawn Tennis Club. In 1902, Lowe gave the City a land of 6,000 meters with the charge for common to operate in perpetuity of the land so donated to public gardens. Lowe, generous benefactor of the Anglican Church, gave the city land would arise where the Victoria Hall, the bowling and Tennis Club, he died on Easter day of 1909, to 81 years.

George MacDonald

1824 - 1905

Born in Huntly in Scotland, he was a writer, poet and minister of Christian worship. He moved to England took the orders of the congregazionaliste Church he was pastor for some years.Later he turned to literature, obtaining immediate successes and dedicating all his life.He was married with Louise they had eleven children.  Recommended by many British residents he decided to move to Bordighera, impressed by the landscape. He built a residence here, he named, "Casa Coraggio", referring to the strength of mind which he needed for all his hard  existence. His house became for many years one of the  most prestigious cultural destination for writers and fans in Italy and abroad. In that  House he wrote most of his works and lived there until his death. A plaque  recalls him, now housing flats.

Paolo Mantegazza

1831 - 1910

Born in Monza he was the son of Laura Solera Mantegazza, he became more famous than his mother because of his dissemination activities medical. He was a physiologist, an anthropologist, Italian writer and patriot. He was one of the first advisers of Darwinian theory in Italy deputy from 1865 to 1876 and senator from 16 November 1876 under the Kingdom of Italy. He was the author of several books and  wrote one in Bordighera where he stayed in 1887. This book was talking about the climate of the Riviera and in particular of Bordighera he called one of the driest in the world and by far the driest in Europe. Defining the extremes of temperature are not very far from one another, so that it's less cold in winter and less hot in summer than in other places. According to his comments in the coldest season Bordighera boasts up to eighty-one days of absolute calm and the rain ends, persistent, protracted, are extremely rare.

Pompeo Mariani

1857 - 1927

He was born in Monza on 1857 by a family in sight and was a nephew of the painter Moses Bianchi. Exhibited in Milan, Rome, Nice and Paris. Since 1898 he began to attend assiduously Bordighera, which will become his residence in recent years and begins to paint the works of worldly taste for which even today is remembered. Between 1914 and 1920 he avoided the war years moving between the studio in Milan and Bordighera. He died in Bordighera in 1927. His works appear in the Gallery of Modern Art in Milan, Monza, Rome and Piacenza. There is also the Pompeo Mariani Foundation in Bordighera with a rich number of works by the artist.

Claude Monet


1840 - 1926

French painter, one of the leading exponents of Impressionism he was born in Paris, the son of a grocery owner. Five years after his birth the family moved to Le Havre.He was fifteen years old when began to draw, in pencil and charcoal, and selling caricatures of the characters in the city, gaining a good reputation. He studyed design
and knew the painter Eugene Boudin his real, first master. He began to exhibit in Rouen, Paris and other French cities. Meanwhile he knows his wife Camille who died just 32 years.He goes to England, Holland, but always returns to France. At the end of 1883 arrives with Renoir for a short stay in Bordighera. Returning home the following month he decided to return again in Bordighera,he admired the colors of the vegetation and landscape, and he stayed to April 1884. He made many paintings in our city and are dedicated to him the new communal gardens.

Ennio Morlotti

1910 - 1992

Born in Lecco, after an artistic maturity at Brera, he attended courses at the Carena Florence Academy. He attended Paris and begins to exhibit his works, mostly landscapes, especially in Lombardy with a trip to New York in 1953 and then in London and Scotland and San Paulo, Brazil. However, it's in Italy his production of works and ideas, his attention between the Brianteo and Bordighera landscapes. He is often in our city to stay and paint. Many, however, his exhibitions in Italy: Rimini, Venice, Turin, La Spezia, Rome, Milan.

Hermann Nestel
1858 - 1905

Born in Stuttgart in 1858 he shows very soon an intense preparation to painting.  Many of his famous paintings include mainly the corners of Bordighera. He has exhibited primarily in Italy and Germany. His paintings are exhibited in museums and  private collections across Europe.He had a great success during his speech at Victoria Hall. He loved Bordighera as his second homeland. In Bordighera he died in 1905 and is buried.

Louis Pasteur

1822 - 1895

Born in Dole was a French chemist and biologist. His father was a tanners and a veteran of the Napoleon wars. His abilities were recognized by the dean of his university, who suggested to apply at l'Ecole Normale Supérieure. His application was accepted. After having practiced briefly as a professor of physics, and subsequently became professor of chemistry at the University of Strasbourg, where he met and married Marie Laurent.They had five children. Great discoverer, all his great discoveries were made by addressing the most serious problems. Very often, with family, he loved to spend periods of rest in Bordighera, a guest of the banker Raphael Bischoffsheim.

Luigi Pelloux

1839 - 1924

He was born in La Roche in Savoy and his parents wanted to maintain the Italian citizenship when Savoy was annexed by France. He's been a general, senator and president of the Council of Ministers, which took office until 1900 when he was forced to resign from the election results which saw the defeat of the deployment of government. Previously he entered the army with the rank of lieutenant Artillery, he was decorated with the medal for military valor at the battle of Custoza and commanded the brigade of artillery, which opened the breach of Porta Pia. Having climbed all levels of military career he received the post of Chief of Staff. He retired from political life and moved to Bordighera, where he lived for ever.

Cesare Perfetto


1919 - 2005

Born in Rome in 1919 but "bordigotto" of adoption,he was a journalist and owner of the library. He has been president of a Press Club. He was so active in cultural life and in organization of events dedicated to the design and humorous paintings. He was the creator of the "Salone dell'umorismo" in 1947 which was held until 1999.This event has been increasingly national and international successful, celebrities in the sports, entertainment and journalism have been guests over the years. He has been agent of the famous French designer Raymond Peynet. He died in Bordighera the 10th March 2005.

Evita Peron

1919 - 1952

Her real name was Maria Eva Duarte. Of humble origins, the last of four illegitimate children, the father was farmer landowner. She had a 'childhood of hardship and sacrifice and fifteen, she moved to Buenos Aires where she started working in radio thanks to the tango singer Agustín Magaldi. She met Juan Domingo Perón, military, while working for Radio El Mundo in 1944. Two years after Peron  became president of Argentina. Their relationship became political when Eve, in October 17 1945 directed an event for the release of General Perón, who was arrested for his activities against the military. In July of 1947 she came to Italy and opened in Bordighera the most beautiful and long walk in Liguria.  Famous for the creation of a special rose in her honor by a flower of Bordighera. Also in her honor the walk took the name "Lungomare Argentina." She died just thirty three years old for a serious form of cancer.

Raymond Peynet


1908 - 1999

Raymond Peynet was born in Paris. He attended the Institute of Applied Arts in the capital, leaving with honors and begins to deal with advertising.He married Denise Damour, his wife for ever and in 1936 publishes his first drawings in The Boulevardier historical and satirical magazine Le Rire.Times of war are difficult but one day, accompanied by his wife and daughter, is struck by the music from a kiosk in the public garden with a lone long hair violinist and a girl who listens fascinated. That image is reflected in the first drawings of "lovers" that will become his genial humor and romantic message recognized by all. In 1952 the first Golden Palme trophy for drawing humorous at the International Salon of Bordighera.He'll be always linked to our city, where he was appointed "honorary citizen" and the kiosk of Music on the sea is dedicated to him.

Giuseppe Piana

1864 - 1956

The painter was born in Ceriana quite appreciated at the national level as representative of nineteenth century painting.He has lived and worked in Bordighera, where he attended and known artists such as Pompeo Mariani, Charles Garnier, Moses Bianchi, Giuseppe Balbo and other important figures of the period. He devotes particular attention to the colors of the Ligurian Riviera, showing the technique of watercolor and, in particular, vivid glimpses of the rich vegetation and landscape solar lights. He became the teacher of the Queen Mother and knew Edmondo De Amicis who did the portrait.

Ferenc Puskas


1927 - 2006

Born in Budapest, began as a child to have a passion for football, striker role, and has become the most talented footballer Hungarian of all time, one of the best in the world, with a great talent. Soon he donned the jersey national, winning the gold medal at the Olympics in 1952 and winning second place at the world championships of 1954. In 1956 the Soviet tanks invaded Hungary while Puskas is on tour abroad and decided not to return establishing themselves at home in Bordighera and seeking employment in an Italian company but is blocked by the ban of the Federation Hungarian football. The new government has dismissed the Honved, the team of the army and the  International Federation disqualification him for two years that spent in our city. In 1958 after 2 years of inactivity and  with 20 kg. weight more, is engaged by Real Madrid. Helps with other large samples to the myth of the "Grande Real".Subsequently returned to Hungary where become a coach and died in 2006.

Carlo Ravnich


1903 - 1996

Born in Albona, the current Croatia, he never accepted the passage of his native land to the former Republic Yugoslav. He dedicated his entire existence to the nation and military life. He was an Italian general and in the course of his career was an intense artillery Journal-Alpine, a partisan and a general corps.  He lived in Belluno, and decided to move to Bordighera for the last years of his life.  And in Bordighera he died in 1996.

Regina Elisabetta

1900 - 2002

Elizabeth the mother of Elizabeth II of England has been one of the most loved by the British people. As queen consort, Elizabeth was famous for her role as moral support to the people during the Second World War. In later years, she was the most popular member of the royal family, even when her family had a low level of public popularity. She was for the first time in Bordighera in 1910. At first she lived with her mother at Villa Poggio Ponente while her grandparents were residing at Villa Etelinda. The whole family spent the winter in Bordighera and often their guest was the Duke of York, the future George VI, and future husband of Elizabeth. At the outbreak of the First World War the villa was sold to Savoy and Elizabeth no longer returned in Bordighera.

Regina Margherita

1851 - 1926

Born in Turin, she was the daughter of Ferdinando di Savoia, Duke of Genoa and Elizabeth of Saxony. She was orphaned of father at the age of 4 years. Married at the age of 17 years, her cousin Umberto, heir to the throne, at Palazzo Reale in Turin and she became queen at 27 years, the death of Vittorio Emanuele II °, because the father had been widowed before the crowning. They had one son, Vittorio Emanuele Ferdinando Maria Gennaro. In 1900 in Monza with the visit of a performance sport, the husband was killed in an attack. At the end of the first war she moved to Bordighera. Very popular in our town she lived until her death. The Funerals were held first in Bordighera, and then to Rome where she was buried in the Pantheon.

Regina Vittoria

1819 - 1901

She reached Bordighera in 1882. The carriage was escorted by two policemen. She came up to Cape  Sant'Ampelio and then came back. That was enough to get a sovereign of the beauties of the place so much to plan a long stay that will try to achieve some twenty years later in 1901, when She booked for herself and her entourage the Hotel Angst. Housings were built for the police on horseback and for the people of the following, enhanced the post and telegraph, were made mountains of supplies coming  from Great Britain, and every hotel, every house, every apartment was booked. Everything indicated that the winter of 1901 would be memorable and Bordighera would have enjoyed a reputation never reached by other places of tourism.But the war broke out between England and the Boer Transvaal  and the Queen gave up to her holiday.The consternation of the population was highest  and Mr. Angst, owner, was compensated by the English court with a check of 30,000 lires.

Esther Roper

reformist social
1868 - 1938

She was a supported and an English social reformist. Daughter of a reverend, she graduated to the Victoria University of Manchester.She began very soon to address the rights of women, especially poor women. Frail constitution, the commitment made exhausted her body and mind, and had to interrupt their work force, to take a break to take care of consumption. Diagnosis was wrong then. She came to Bordighera and stayed at Casa Coraggio where she met her future companion, Eva Gore-Booth.Later she returned with her to England where she continued her support for women's rights. She never left and took care of Eva in her illness until her death. She died twelve years later and buried  along with her friend in an English cemetery, St.John, choosing as epigraph: "Life that is Love is God."

Paolo Rossi

1900 - 1985

Born in Bordighera, he was a lawyer and politician and was a cousin  of Irene Brin. Professor of law, he was Minister of the Republic and President of the Constitutional Court. Leading exponent of the Italian Democratic Socialist Party, he was Minister of Education. He was also chairman of the General Body of the National Youth Explorers Italians.

Giovanni Ruffini

1807 - 1881

Giovanni Domenico Ruffini was a writer and ligurian patriot. He was among the first members of the Young Italy of Giuseppe Mazzini and in 1833 he was forced to flee abroad because organizers discovered a revolutionary movement. In these years of exile he began to write books including the famous "Dr. Antonio" that after the publication in English began to settle in Bordighera an English colony will become in a few decades, the largest share of the population. The book is indeed a novel set in our city. Later he was ambassador to Paris and stayed in Paris until 1874, when he retired in Taggia, his birthplace, to the end of his days.

John Russell
1792 - 1878

John Russell, born in London in 1792, studied at Westminster School and the 'University of Edinburgh. He was an English politician, entering parliament in 1813 and has been a member of the Liberal Party. He was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom twice: in 1846 and in 1865. He was the grandfather of the famous philosopher Bertrand Russell and was among the pioneer of British tourism in Bordighera, where he loved to stay at the "Locanda d' Inghilterra".

Edoardo Sanguineti

1930 - 2010

Genoan writer and poet, son of a bank employee he moved to Turin very young.He was still a child when, during a normal inspection visit, he was diagnosed with a serious illness  heart. The diagnosis turned out to be wrong, but this episode conditioned the lifestyle of the poet. Perhaps that was the reason why he began attending Bordighera, coming back regularly, as a guest of his aunt, sister of the father. Writer, poet and journalist of success at "L'Unità" and "Lavoro" he had a brief career as a parliamentary mandate in the late seventies.

William Scott

1881 - 1957

The architect William Scott has lived several years in Bordighera between the late 800's and early '900.  Passionate not only for the city but also the district , in 1908 he wrote the book "Rock villages of the Riviera" and enriched it with their own designs. In this book, in addition to Bordighera, he described particularly the two fractions: Sasso and Borghetto San Nicolò.

Guido Seborga

1909 - 1990

He 's been a journalist, poet, painter and writer. In all areas where he has worked he had successes and awards. He was born into a family where he loved to identify ligurian, Egyptian and Hebrew blood. His real name was Hess. The choice of the pseudonym Seborga, a small village in the hinterland of western Liguria, is linked to what was his real home town.Bordighera was the constant point of reference in his various trips abroad and with its hinterland is the background of the writer. The charm of the western Ligurian Sea, is a clear reference to the ideographic sign of his painting.His love for the town of Bordighera has occurred over the years with a concrete and active participation in cultural life of western Liguria. Seborga participated to the organization and the jury in the 50s and 60s of the prize in literature and painting "Cinque Bettole" in Bordighera. He has also contributed in the 60's and 70's for the creation and development of our Democratic Culture in which local cities and their contribution were organized exhibitions, debates, lectures and drama.

Gigi Taramazzo

pilot automotive
1932 - 2004

Born in Ceva, moved with his family in Bordighera, and soon entered the holding of the father, entrepreneur in the construction branch. His passion was cars and the course sports. He took part at the rallies, the Mille Miglia, the Targa Florio and other major competitions in Italy and Europe. He has driven cars officers of great importance as Ferrari, Porsche, Lancia, Alfa and Abarth. He conquest in 1958 the title of Italian Champion of Gran Turismo 2600 and, ever in 1958, participated in the tests of the Grand Prix of Monaco in a Maserati, but failed to qualify for the race. Dies of a serious illness in 2004.

Edith Templeton
1916 - 2006

Born rich, in Prague in a castle in Bohemia. She graduated in Prague and has been married twice with british men. The second husband was doctor of the king of Nepal where he lived some years. She is separated with both husbands and tells herself to have had fifty lovers. Beautiful woman and great traveler. Writer of novels, some of them erotic. he lived the last two decades of his life in Bordighera, in a small apartment where he died in 2006.

Edward T. Thackeray

1836 - 1927

Born in England, the son of a reverend, he was educated by the Eastern Indian Company. He has participated for many years to military action and real wars in India and other Asian areas receiving the proper recognition. He was the cousin of the novelist William Makepeace and settled in Bordighera with his wife in 1899. During the First World War he took the post of President of the local department of the Italian Red Cross, contributing with their services to the organization of British military hospitals installed in Bordighera. Tireless and generous character he is remembered with a plaque to former Anglican church.

Domenico Tumiati

1874 - 1943

Domenico Tumiati, writer and essayist he was among the founders of the literary magazine "Il Marzocco". He was also talented designer and the collection of verse Iris Florentina he drew the cover with refined style Botticelli. He was a friend of the painter Giuseppe Pellizza by Volpedo. He often stayed in Bordighera and in his memory was named a city street.

Mary Varale


1895 - 1963

Mary Varale, born in Marseille was a pioneer of Italian women of mountaineering, climbing in eleven years, between 1924 / 1935, 217 mountains with rope or in solitary.
She married the journalist Vittorio Varale. Subsequently she reduced her great passion, activity in the mountain,  because of a severe form of arthritis that affects her still young.  She moved to Bordighera and during the long years of illness her husband Vittorio assisted her, until the death that takes her in our city in 1963.  She rests in the cemetery in Bordighera, in front of the sea that she loved as much as her mountains.

Vittorio Varale
1891 - 1973

Born in Piedimonte Matese but soon moved to Turin. Begin a career journalistic at Lavoro and at La Gazzetta dello Sport, which in the space of a few years become director. Collaborate with other newspapers until until when he know the wife Mary and a passion for mountaineering. Collect several awards for his journalistic work and including the award of the President of the Republic Saragat. He is also literary, started having writing books on sport. He moved to Bordighera and the illness of his wife restricts commitments to his work, until her dies, abandon them permanently. Ten years after his wife died in Bordighera.

Padre Giacomo Viale

1830 - 1912

Of Airole, a franciscan friar of the Observant Minor, then a priest for 49 years was pastor of the old parish of Bordighera. She has made works of charity such as asylum night and the hospice, then closed in recent years, that faced on the square, just behind his church, that the municipality has called and in the center is present his statue. Promoted several initiatives, renewing the Church of Santa Maria Maddalena and restoring the church of St. Ampelio. He  build the Church of the Terrasanta and the Sanctuary of Montenero.

Alexej Von Jawlensky

1864 - 1941

His hometown is Torjok in Russia. He was the son of aristocrats from the Germany. He began his career on military thrust of his father who was a colonel. You leave the military career to follow his passion for painting only at 32 years. Thus began to attend the Academy of St. Petersburg then moved to Monaco di Baviera. Here he met Helene Nesnakomoff, who marry many years later. Continue his travels to Europe, France  especially until, for reasons of health, came in 1914 in Bordighera. It is in our city that he painted many landscapes: the sun, the sea, the colors, the lights, the palm trees of the Riviera. The artist discovers in Bordighera an african exotic and is happy oasis in a year plagued by the outbreak  of war and fleeing to Switzerland.

Federico Von Kleudgen
1856 - 1924

Frederick Von Kleudgen born February 23 1856 at Wurzburg on the Main. He moved from an early age to Italy, he liked to stay in Bordighera, Venice and Naples.Renowned painter he painted many times our city. He was a friend of George Mc Donald, Pompeo Mariani and Paolo Mantegazza. He worked with his father James Viale and Lodovico Winter for the construction of the House of Providence.Guest fond of Bordighera, where he died June 22, 1924.

Stefano Von Neuhoff


1866 - 1932

The German botanist was an admirer of Ludwig Winter. He came to Italy, at  Bordighera, at the end of the nineteenth century to pursue his passion. The experiences of Winter much facilitated him in his work but  however, he introduced new crops, including important, the mimosa,  produced in large quantities in his lands at Piani di Borghetto.Even today it is highly developed and well known throughout our area. Famous people were his customers, which he was able to satisfy their propensity for the production of  acclimatizzated own plants.

J. Viktor Von Scheffel

1826 - 1886

German of Karlsruhe, belonged to the ranks of poets who have brought the German literature at very high resonance. He wrote important works but was with the poem "Near to Death" which gave fame to Bordighera, since he describe the famous twelve palms of Our Lady of the Wheel. Like the English were attracted to the novel of Ruffini as the Germans thus learned to know Bordighera for that poem and contributed greatly to its economic development in the field of floriculture. The palms were Dactilifera Phoenix, which were called palms of Scheffel. These palms were also reproduced in
postcards that gave an esotic image of our city. His visit to Bordighera is dated 1856.

Clapton  Wingfield

1833 - 1912

In 1873 the Major Clapton Wingfield, born in North Wales, invented practically the modern tennis, creating the first rules such as using network and the scoring system. In 1878 he came to do in Bordighera to show the new sport and in our town was the first Italian Tennis Club. A plaque at the entrance to the circle recalls the event. He was well known as inventor of other projects. In 1997 he was awarded of the "International Tennis Hall of fame" prestigious award reserved for very few individual distintesi in various sports competitions.

Lodovico Winter

1846 - 1912

Born in Heidelberg, the son of a bookseller he was an excellent botanist. When his family moved to Leipzig, he immediately showed great love for the study of Botany, and came as a gardener at Erfurt. Then he went to the School of Horticulture in Potsdam, and he became the firs gardener, at the Botanical Garden of Poppelsdorf. He loved Paris and first he moved to the capital and later in a French Riviera to Hyeres until he was recruited by Hambury at La Mortola. Finished his work he came to Bordighera and briefly he began to cultivate the garden "Vallone del Sasso" in addition to continuing to work on the gardens of rich foreigners. He opened the Garden of Madonna della Ruota and opened a permanent exhibition in the center of Bordighera (where today there is a cinema Olimpia). In Bordighera were dedicated him the "Winter Gardens".

Raoul Zaccari


1916- 1977

Person of good political and administrator, was born in Bordighera March 2, 1916. He graduated in ancient literature at the Catholic University of Milan and taught in traditional schools of Ventimiglia and San Remo. Committee member of the National Liberation of Bordighera, in 1946 he was elected mayor and activity deals with the difficult period post-war leading the city until 1964. Senator of the Republic from 1958 to 1976, advocate of  United of Europe as a "historical necessity", is a member of the European Parliament from 1969 to 1972. He is also chairman of the consultation Italian-French, assessor and counsellor of the Provincial Council, president of the International Institute of Ligurian Studies, president of City of the families of dead or missing in war and provincial councellor thereof. Intelligent and enthusiastic in performing the many tasks, estimated by all for his honest living, died in Bordighera with great regret of his beloved city on 8 October 1977.