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Italy's Greatest Gardens

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Hadrian's Villa, Tivoli Gardens

Hadrian's Villa, Tivoli Gardens

The grandeur of the Roman Empire.

Our Introduction To Italy's Greatest Gardens

Meldrum describes Italy's don't miss gardens: Villa d'Este, Hadrian's Villa, Giardino e Rovine de Ninfa, Villa Malzi Giardini, and Marlia Villa Reale Garden. He includes their addresses and opening times so you won't miss them.

Great Gardens To Visit In Italy With Your Gardening Group
By: Robert Meldrum

Villa d'Este, Tivoli Gardens

Villa d'Este, Tivoli Gardens

Villa d'Este, Tivoli Gardens, simply beautiful.

Design wise, Italian renaissance gardens are among the finest in Europe and the most “green space” efficient in the world. All of the designs were funded by wealthy men and women who had connections with either the Church or the State. This allowed majestic gardens to be created and enjoyed by the finest in society.

As these gardens are now accessible to the public, fellow gardeners will be able to visit and appreciate the beauty of these gardens. Gardening groups may even be able to come up with a few ideas from visiting these places to incorporate into their own gardens.

If you are traveling with a group, try to remain together and not get separate. Try to make sure that every member of your group knows enough “emergency Italian” to get back and find your group again.

Villa d'Este – This particular garden estate is known for the extraordinary water display of its waterfalls and effects. Unlike the other Tuscan gardens, this estate was modeled after a Roman retreat for Cardinal Ippolito d’Est, who was a very wealthy man. Many stories circulated around this garden including Hercules and Ovid’s Metamorphosis. The Path of One Hundred Fountains is particularly popular and is in excellent condition and has appeared in movies like “The Three Musketeers” and many other distinguished pictures.
 Address Piazza Trento, 1, Tivoli, Lazio, Italy, 00019
Opening times All year, except 1st January. Open 9am to 1 hour before sunset.
Admission Entry free

Hadrian's Villa – Of all of the relics that survived the fall of the Roman Empire, this Villa stands out as being in near perfect condition. Hadrian himself was a great emperor and intellectual, although he was rumored to be very tough in his years as a military commander. The villa itself is over a kilometer in length and half a kilometer in width.
Address Villa Adriana (Hadrian's Villa), Tivoli, Lazio, Italy
Opening times All year, Daily, 9am to 6.30pm

Giardino e Rovine de Ninfa – This small village was abandoned in the Middle Ages and was made into a garden around the 1920s.Although not very large, it has been tastefully done and the surrounding landscape has been recycled.
Address Giardino e Rovine de Ninfa, 04010 Doganella di Ninfa (LT), Lazio, Italy
Opening times April to November, Open first weekend of each month, Guided tours only
Admission Entrance fee

Villa Melzi Giardini – Designed by Giocondo Albertollin 1808 for Francesco Melzi d'Eril, it was traded for a promontory.
Address Bellagio Loppia (CO), Lombardia, Italy, 22021
Opening times April to October.

Marlia Villa Reale Garden – Elisa Baciocchi Bonaparte had this garden commissioned for her courtesy of Morel. This particular garden appears to have more of a French influence rather than Italian. 
Address Via Fraga Alta, 2, Marlia, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy, 55014
You can book hotel and coach hire and some garden entry tickets at the website www.mygrouptour and

About the Author

Robert has worked in the travel industry for the past 5 years and has been involved in flight holidays, escorted tours and cruising. Useful resources include: Coach hire and Hotels in Italy.


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