The 10 Most Beautiful Gardens in Italy

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Italy is the country of art par excellence. But the artistic culture is also contained in gardens. Have you ever thought about it? Well yes: that particular mix that distinguishes us so much in terms of history, nature, culture and beauty has made sure that our beautiful country enjoyed splendid miniature eden.

Once mostly the entertainment of nobles and illustrious personalities, today within everyone's reach. Find out with us the 10 most beautiful gardens!

10 - Parco della Tebaide, Siena

Inside Villa of Cetinale there is a curious garden, built between 1698 and 1705. The latter takes its name from the desert area of ​​Upper Egypt inhabited in the Middle Ages by Christian hermits. Not surprisingly, along the path that winds through the woods, you will meet stone crosses, sculptures of saints, statues of friars in prayer, votive chapels and frescoes.

9 - Gardens of the Medici Villa of Castello, Florence

On the Florentine hills there is the headquarters ofBran Academy. It is surrounded by large and well-kept gardens, arranged on three terraces. The first consists of 16 quadrangular flower beds with a large basin fountain in the center.

The "Garden of citrus fruits", the name with which the latter is defined, allows you to admire as many as 500 ornamental pots. Finally, the third terrace is made up of a dense forest of holm oaks and oaks.

8 - Miramare Castle Park, Trieste

Overlooking the Gulf of Trieste, the park of this charming castle on the sea which seems to have come out of a fairy tale, contains a great variety of plants. Vast grassy spaces, winding paths and ponds create this splendid corner of green worthy of a Prince. Inside you will also find the "Garden of Butterflies", a particular environment that allows 150 species of moths to live in this enchanting Trieste garden.

7 - La Scarzuola, Montegabbione

In Umbria we find this garden designed by the architect Tomaso Buzzi. Between trees, paths, strange statues, stairways, bizarre buildings, theaters and monuments you will have a strange experience in a surreal garden. A strange, magical place, symbolic, esoteric deliberately utopian because so conceived by its creator. Definitely suggestive.

6 - Garden of Ninfa, Cisterna di Latina

In Lazio there is a decidedly fascinating garden, built on the ruins of the medieval city of Ninfa. Lelia Caetani, the last descendant of the noble owner family, was the one who most of all took care of the rearrangement of the property making it a real English garden, with numerous plants and crossed by the Ninfa river and numerous streams. Around the garden, since 1976, has been established a WWF oasis to protect local flora and fauna and even in 2000 the whole area of ​​Ninfa was declared naturalistic monument. The New York Times called it the most beautiful garden in the world! Open only in certain periods, it is visited by about fifty thousand tourists a year.

5 - Sigurtà Garden Park, Valeggio sul Mincio

In Veneto we find this pleasant mix of history, culture and nature, managed by different properties over the years: the Contarini family, the Guarienti and the Maffei who kept it for 210 years. Later, in 1941, it was bought by Sigurtà family, still current owner. Absolutely not to be missed spring blooms: hyacinths, daffodils and many, many tulips. That of this garden is the richest in Southern Europe (second to Keukenhof) and the most important in Italy for these flowers.

4 - Villa Taranto, Verbania

I terraced gardens of the villa house tens of thousands of plants, spread over an area of ​​approximately 160 m² and are crossed by 000 km of avenues. The garden of Villa Taranto is considered among the most beautiful in the world. It was created by Captain Neil Boyd Watson McEacharn, a British soldier with a strong passion for botany and in love with Italy. The gardens are divided into various identifiable areas such as greenhouses, terraced gardens, flower beds and herbaria.

3 - Villa Grock, Imperia

A magical and mysterious place, wanted by a clown who came here to rest. Villa Grock, named after Charles Adrien Wettach (considered the greatest clown of all time) is an incredible and extravagant architectural and decorative mix of rococo, liberty, art-decò and oriental elements, all full of esoteric symbolisms and Freemasons.

After a long renovation, in 2006 the gardens were opened to the public and since 2010 the palace can also be visited.

2 - Villa Carlotta, Tremezzo

On Lake Como this beautiful villa is known not only for its works of art contained in it, but also for its splendid garden. The town of Tremezzo is located in one of the most beautiful spots on the lake. The villa, imposing but sober, stands on the top of the beautiful e very rich garden, whose development is favored in flowering by the particular climate. The property enjoys a fantastic view on the Bellagio peninsula and the mountains surrounding the lake. Its garden is of great historical and architectural value. In it there are citrus pergolas, camellia hedges, 150 varieties of azaleas, rhododendrons, tropical plants, the valley of southern ferns, palm trees, cedars, the garden of bamboo and centuries-old conifers. The greenhouse, used in winter for citrus fruits, has been transformed into an interesting museum of ancient agricultural tools.

1 - Park of the Royal Palace of Caserta

Since it is the park of a palace it says a lot: a riot of greenery enriched by magnificent fountains and valuable statues. Very long avenues that connect an Italian garden with an English one, fish tanks and the triumphal Great Waterfall at the end of the park, further embellished by a mythological scene that seems to come alive under the eyes of the viewer! Diana, surrounded by some nymphs, is about to plunge into the waters while Atteone, guilty of having dared to look at the Goddess in her nakedness, is already partially transformed into a deer; around him the dogs are stirring and they will tear him to pieces. Simply magnificent!

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