Jardins Fontana Rossa, Menton

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Fontana Rosa is a historic garden situated on the Avenue Blasco Ibáñez in Menton, Alpes-Maritimes, on the French Riviera.The Spanish writer Vicente Blasco Ibáñez (1869-1928) began to build it from 1922 on, and he set up home here with his second wife, Elena, and died there in 1928.This garden with Spanish and Menton pottery is found in avenue Blasco Ibanez, near Garavan station, and was created a Historical Monument in 1990.It is also called "Le Jardin des Romanciers" (El Jardín de los Novelistas/The Garden of Novelists), and was frequented by celebrities such as Jean Cocteau. It was the place where Blasco Ibáñez wrote Mare Nostrum, a novel filmed later in 1926.The garden inspired by Andalusian and Arabian-Persian styles contains species such as Ficus macrophylla, Araucaria heterophylla , palm trees, banana trees or scented rosebushes. It is a tribute to Vicente's favourite writers : Cervantes, Dickens, Shakespeare or Honoré de Balzac, whose busts can be found at the entrance and to whom he dedicated several fountains and rotundas.Its main buildings are a small elevated villa with polychromatic pottery which houses a library and a personal movie projector room, and a main house (Villa Emilia) in the lower part of the property that dates from the 19th century. The architectural complex also has an aquarium, a colonnade, a concrete pergola, pillars, flower vases, ceramic-panelled benches around the main house and a big round, steel pergola covering a long staircase in the middle of the property.
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  • Do not go to visit a beautiful garden, but to see beautiful ceramics. A book for lovers of the cultural and architectural heritage. The renovations are not finished but the place leaves room for the imagination and reverie. We love it or hate it! I loved! One regret: not being able to visit the Interior of the villa.
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  • beautiful garden undergoing renovation which is damaging for a visit complete especially as the villa is closed. visiting on reservation only but good explanations by the municipal guide of beautiful ceramics
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  • Alas. ... This place is the private area than zatrudeno his visit. Unfortunately, it does not write in guidebooks. Alas, see ETL mestl could only over the fence.
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  • Very well
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  • The room had not been cleaned when we arrived. However excellent breakfast.
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  • beautiful but still requires a lot of renovation
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  • Very pretty Park with the band sublime
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  • A Valencia corner in Menton (France)
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