to Ventimiglia. BORDIGHERA. 19. Route. 105
Cabs (for 1 or 2 pers.): per drive 1, with two horses 172 fr.; per
hour 2, 3fr.; each addit. pers. 25 c. more; to Ospedaletti 4 or 7 fr., to Col-
dirodi 12 or 18 fr.; to Perinaldo 18 or 30 fr.
Ómnibus viá Ospedaletti to San Remo, see p. 101; to Vullebona twice,
and to Soldano once daily. — Electric Tramway from the Piazza Mazzini
by the Via Vitt. Eman. to Ventimiglia (p. 106), every 74-V2 hr. in winter
(50 or 30 c).
Climate. The strangers' quarter is formed by the S irada Romana, now
converted into a wide and dust-free promenade running along the slope
through groves of pine and olive. Only its E. end is fairly sheltered, the
rest being exposed to the dry coast-winds. Serious caaes of illness are
therefore not usually sent to Bordighera, which, in contrast to the other
Riviera stations, is frequented mainly by convalescents and tourists. —
The temperature in winter is lower than at San Remo and Ospedaletti.
Bordighera (3900 inhab.), flrst brought into general notice by
Rufflni's novel 'Dr. Antonio', consists of an oíd upper quarter, on
the higher ground of the Capo Sant' Ampeglio, and a new lower
quarter between the coast-road (here named Via Vittorio Emanuele)
and the Strada Romana. The Passeggiata a Mare, a picturesque
coast-promenade free from dust, extends westwards from the foot
of the rocky cape.
From the Via Vittorio Emanuele, in which are the station and the
Chiesa di Terrasanta, built by Garnier, the Via Imperatrice Federico
and other cross-streets ascend to the Strada Romana (the ancient
Via Aurelia), which ends on the W. at the Borghetto brook. This
fine road affords charming views of the palm-gardens of the Hotel
Angst and the VillaEtelinda (built by Garnier). On its S. side, below
the Hotel de Londres, is the Museum, or International Free Library,
founded by Mr. Bicknell and containing a reading-room, a concert-
hall, a library, a unique collection of the flora of the Riviera, a
collection of minerals, and an archaeological collection (including
fragments and casts of the rock-inscriptions mentioned at p. 48).
— A magniflcent *View is obtained from the Spianata del Capo, on
the top of the promontory, at the E. end of the road: to the left, the
bay of Ospedaletti; to the right, Ventimiglia, Mentone, Cap Martin,
Monaco, the Monts Esterel, and the snow-flecked Alpes Maritimes.
Another pleasant walk is afforded by the Strada dei Colli, to the
N. of the oíd town. At the end of the road, immediately beyond
the Villa Biancheri, a footpath leads to the left to the Torre dei
Mostaccini (375 ft.), a good view-point (key kept by Avvocato
Cabagni, Via Vittorio Emanuele).
Bordighera is famous for its floriculture (roses, carnations, ane¬
mones, etc.), which partly supplants olive-growing, and for its
date-palms (Phoenix dactylifera), of which, however, the fruit seldom
ripens sufflciently to be edible. Like Elche (see Baedeker's Spain)
Bordighera does a large business in supplying palm-branches to
Román Catholic churches for Palm Sunday and to Jewish com-
munities for the Feast of Tabernacles. For the former purpose the
leaves are bleached on the trees by being tightly bound up. — The
flnest palms are seen in the above-named gardens, in that of the