Villa Nobel in Sanremo
Corso Cavallotti, 116 - 18038 Sanremo (IM)
Telefono: 0184 50 73 80
Fax: 0184 50 73 24
Villa Nobel (Archivio fotografico Provincia di Imperia) Villa Nobel (Archivio fotografico Provincia di Imperia) Villa Nobel (Archivio fotografico Provincia di Imperia) Villa Nobel (Archivio fotografico Provincia di Imperia)

Between the 19th and 20th centuries, Sanremo and Western Liguria attracted writers, poets, scientists, monarchs, and society personalities, all drawn by the beauty of the landscapes and the healthy climate. Among these was Mahomet VI, the last sultan of the Ottoman Empire, who chose the city of flowers to end his existence, while Tsarina Maria donated to the city the palms that still decorate the seafront today.  The great Italo Calvino grew up in Sanremo, and these wonderful landscapes return in his stories.

This is not all, however. Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite and creator of the Nobel Prize, the most important literary and scientific award in the world, chose to retire in Sanremo, in the villa that still carries his name. It is an elegant and impressive house in Moorish style. Nobel, like many foreigners at the end of the 1800s, chose Italy and the Western Riviera as a place to retire for health reasons, but also because there he could install a laboratory to study his invention, dynamite. 

A little bit of history

Alfred Nobel, a Swedish scientist, invented dynamite in 1867 and immediately became rich and famous, creating a true business empire with factories in many countries.

Villa Nobel, built in 1870 in Moorish style, belonged to Pietro Vacchieri who sold it to Nobel in 1891.
It has three floors: Nobel’s study and the dining rooms are on the ground floor, just like the conference room with frescoes on the ceiling.

A tower on the right is reserved for private meetings. Outside there is a park of more than 6000 square metres filled with exotic plants: date palms, cycas and ferocactus. Inside, there is also a small laboratory where Alfred Nobel continued his research.
A philanthropist and pacifist, the scientist died in Sanremo in 1896.


Near Sanremo, to the east, there is Taggia with its Medieval historical centre, one of the largest and best preserved in Liguria.
To the west instead is Bordighera, with its Liberty villas and palm groves painted by Monet; the place still maintains the atmosphere and climate that the English and foreign nobles enjoyed at the beginning of the 20th century.


Inside the villa there is a museum dedicated to Alfred Nobel, the scientific discoveries of the 19th century and the winners of the Nobel prize over the years.

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