There’s a magic place that has recently been acknowledged as “The most beautiful Italian park”.
Do you know the Garden of Ninfa?
It’s a worldwide famous and historical park, located in Central Italy, and because of its beauty and uniqueness was even acknowledged as a Natural Monument.
Cardinal Nicolò III Caetani officially created it back in the 17th Century and at the end of the 19th Century it was enriched with cypresses, holm oaks, beeches and roses. Nowadays the 8-hectar garden hosts about 1.300 different plants including several magnolias, blackthorns and climbing roses.
This garden has a very interesting history started during the Roman period, as it was a temple dedicated to the nymphs. The water is the secret of this garden and its extraordinarily rich flora.
Centuries of history, fights and changes left many marks on the territory so that today the garden is made up of different parts built in different periods, such as: the medieval ruined town and its outer walls, the English-style romantic garden from the early 20th century, the 17th-century Hortus Conclusus, the river and lake with their rare eco-system .
Such a richness of landscapes is reflected into the richness of the flora: aquatic Iris and a sensational variety of Japanese maples as well as ornamental cherries, Viburnum, honeysuckle, Ceanothus, holly, Clematis, dogwoods, ornamental crab apple and tulip trees.
The particularly mild climate at Ninfa also allows the cultivation of tropical plants such as avocado, South American gunnera and banana.
The atmosphere is breath-taking, the architecture of the abandoned city matches perfectly with the surrounding nature.
This is a no-time location that really gives strong emotions to the visitors of the garden.
It is not by case that the New York Times ranked the Garden of Ninfa among the most romantic parks of the world.
The Garden of Ninfa is a precious source of beauty and inspiration to me. There we find the whole history of Western Gardens united in a single place, a sort of a heritage and a model to follow to create beautiful and harmonious green spaces.
Marco Sandrini, Landscape designer at Sandrini Green Architecture
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