According to a legend, the name comes from the hospital founded in the Fourteenth century by the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem to welcome the pilgrims. Tourism and floriculture make the history of Ospedaletti: the Nineteenth century was the times of English tourism – Mary Shelley and Catherine Mansfield – as well as the first flower market in Europe. Another primate for the town that had become a destination of the Aristocracy of Europe was the inauguration of the first casino in Italy at Villa Sultana in 1911. Every two years the “Rievocazione Storica del Gran Trofeo Sanremo” takes place in Ospedaletti since 1947, an event that combines sports and cultural aspects connected to the world of engines and transforms Ospedaletti into the capital of vintage motorcycling for a weekend.
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