Italy… The wonderful country that astonishes everyone for the variety of its landscapes. Within a few kilometres you can pass from snow-capped mountains to the hills where there are many many olive groves and vineyards, from beautiful beaches to the Great Lakes, from metropolitan cities to small villages with thousands years of history.
And then … you cannot miss Gardens, with flowers and plants from all around the world, small colourful paradises.
1- The Garden of Tarocchi
In Garavicchio, in the heart of Maremma Toscana, the French artist Niki de Saint Phalle has created an impressive garden, whose construction took 17 years.
The 22 buildings are covered with glass, ceramics and colored mirrors, which are inspired by the famous Parc Guell by Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona, but in some ways it is still more incredible.
It is surreal, to say the least, bright and colorful, not just a garden but a real amusement park suitable for adults and children. If you are in Tuscany, you cannot lose it.
2 – The Park of Monsters
We move to Bomarzo, in Lazio; it is not a classical Italian Garden, with refined and geometric designs, but it is eccentric, spectacular, far from any custom.
Within the Sacred Forest (this is the original name of the Park) you may meet dragons, mythological characters, monsters, obelisks and unusual animals; a garden which is a very extravagant experience.
There are no reference points or proportions, everything seems invented and surreal, but at the same time magical.
3- The Vittoriale degli Italiani
Defining it simply as “Garden” would be an understatement, as the Vittoriale degli Italiani is a complex of gardens, water courses, outdoor theatres and squares; it was commissioned by the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio in Gardone riviera, near Lake Garda.
Surely the element which is the most particular is the ship named “Puglia”, which operated in the Adriatic Sea and after the World War I t was given to Gabriele D’Annunzio from the Queen Mary in 1923; today it is inside the forest with the bow facing the Adriatic Sea.
Gabriele D’Annunzio lived in this small town for the latest 16 years of his life and it is still possible to visit the House. After seeing Sirmione, Desenzano and the other towns around the Lake Garda, to complete the outing you have to visit the wonderful Vittoriale.
4 – Isola Bella
On the Lake Maggiore there is one of the most beautiful garden of Italy: The Garden of Isola Bella; here exotic plants, sculptures, obelisks and terraces create a unique scenery.
The garden can be reached by boat and when you arrive, the show is amazing: you stroll among different green avenues to the high terrace. From here the lake’s view takes your breath away.
In the center of the island, there is a large amphitheater, while not so far you can find the elegant castle of Isola Bella.
A classical Italian Garden, in a unique landscape like the one of Lake Maggiore.
5 – The Garden of Ninfa
This is a wonderful English Garden, near Latina, which is hidden in the territories of Lazio and built in the area of the medieval town of Ninfa.
It is dreaming place: as you enter you find yourself immersed in a riot of colors, with more than 1000 different plants and many exotic trees and different fruits.
There are no statues or strange constructions, but a continuous succession of flowers, streams and beautiful plants make this place a paradise, a delight for the eyes