Jardins Fontana Rossa, Menton

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Landmark Tourist Spot
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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  • The park is beautiful and is still being renovated. It has wonderful ceramics of all different colors. Will definetely become one of Menton's most beautiful parks once all the renovations are over. Gu...  more »
  • A guided visit is the only possibility to see this place. Although the guide was extremely interesting the place is really not that exceptional. Renovations are being done and it didn't look very well...  more »
  • This was just the most awful dispiriting awful visit i have ever made to a garden anywhere. it isnt looked after, its scruffy, its badly described, its a complete mess- to describe it as a garden is a...  more »
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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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