In the 19th century the English Lord Sir Thomas Hanbury anchored his ship at Capo Mortola, near
Ventimiglia. Like many of his fellow countrymen he fell in love with this part of the Riviera after
which he dedicated the rest of his life setting up a botanical garden.
With a large variety of plant species coming from the five continents, this garden is one of the largest in Italy, associated with the University of Genoa. In the lower part of the garden you can see part of the Via Giulia Augusta, the ancient Roman road along the coast.