Right on the sea front, and the last house before the Italian border, the Maria Serena Villa and Gardens, was constructed around 1880 for the family of Ferdinand de Lesseps. The Coty President has stayed in the house. Today it is a guest villa for the city of Menton.
The villa is surrounded by a hectare and a half of gardens, where tropical and sub-tropical plant thrive happily. A large collection of palm trees and cyca trees also grow within the confines of this garden.
The Maria Serena Villa and gardens boasts an admirable view overlooking the sea and the old city of Menton.