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Clarence Bicknell was a clergyman but stopped after 3 postings , thinking that the Church did more wrong than good.
He settled in Bordighera and became a self made explorer/scientist.
The museum houses his collection of butterflies, paintings, pictures,books and photographs. The museum guides speak...More
We really enjoyed our visit today. We knew nothing about this extraordinary man. We opted for a talk -€3 per person - and fortunately our delightful guide spoke slowly and our Italian was good enough to understand just about everything. Bicknell painted watercolours, was a...More
This small museum is certainly worth a visit. Very interesting Butterfly collection, and a fine italian guide. She really did showed us around in a good way, without much english, but with a lot of hand language.
This private museum, which is more for specialists, naturalists, botanists, and researchers, is off the beaten museum track. Our hotel arranged our visit and the charming curator - who didn't speak English but helped us understand the museum nevertheless - showed us round.
This is a fascinating testament to the times when Bordighera had a resident British population of nearly 3000 souls. Bicknell ammassed a collection of books and other artifacts in a purpose built hall that was also used for concerts. The imposing ficus tree outside (of...More
This museum is almost opposite the now closed Villa Regina Margherita, and completely hidden from view. At the entrance to the museum (having followed the small road down the hill) there is an enormous Ficus tree with massive roots. This has already strangled the original...More
This is a splendid library and museum, and the Ficus outside is amazing. However, because of limitations of cash, it is not open as often as the guide books say and it would be good to check if you have to make a special journey...More
Well worth popping in here for an hour's guided tour while exploring this charming town. Fronted by massive ficus trees, this fascinating building and collection is a memorial to the life and work of Clarence Bicknell, 19 century British botanist and archaeologist, one of the...More