Villa Ormond in Sanremo
Corso Cavallotti - 18038 Sanremo (IM)
Villa Ormond Villa Ormond

In the eastern area of the Città dei Fiori (“City of Flowers”) is the villa that Dr. Ormond, a Swiss businessman and his wife Marie Margherite Renet, a French poet, built in Sanremo.  It has a classic structure, and a raised ground floor that looks onto the large courtyard where the roads and stairs of the English style garden, built in place of the terracing, meet.

A little bit of history

Originally called Villa Rambaldi, the building was rebuilt and called Villa Ormond after the damage caused by the earthquake in 1887.
The Ormonds gave the project to Emile Réverdin, an architect from Geneva, who decided to place the villa at the top of the garden like a crown. The raised ground floor, which was built over the Ligurian terracing and the already-existing olive grove, looks onto the large courtyard where the roads and stairs of the English style garden meet.

Surrounded by a large terrace with two Renaissance loggias on the sides and a pronaos at the entrance, inside the villa there are large ceilings of polychrome mouldings and a hall with fireplace coming from the castle of the Doria of Dolceacqua.

The municipality purchased the villa in 1930 and made the park public, building a fountain and, in the top section, a pavilion for exhibitions.
There are two statues in the lower section: one commemorates the Mexican poet, historian and politician Ignacio Altamirano, who died in Sanremo, and the other commemorates Nicholas I, king of Montenegro.


The Villa Ormond gardens are an extraordinary example of a green area project. They have a “room” style, with different, well defined green environments: palm groves, cedar trees and the ficus area. The central section is, instead, dedicated to the typical Italian garden.

Among the most important plants are many large Phoenix dactylifera and Phoenix reclinata palms, some Jacaranda mimosifolia and large ficus.
Once, before Corso Cavallotti was built, the villa gardens extended almost up to the sea.


The part dedicated to the “Japanese Garden”, inspired by Zen philosophy, formalizes the twinning of Sanremo with the Japanese city of Atami.

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