Declared a Natural Monument by the Lazio Region in Italy, the Garden of Ninfa may only be visited on certain days of the year, but the elegance of this place is well worth a visit. Giardini di Italia’s 260 acres comprise an Italian natural monument which contains several oaks, medieval ruins, poplars and cypresses, numerous watercourses and a large variety of rambling roses growing over the stone walls of the ruins.
The garden was created by Gelasio Caetani starting in 1921, in the English garden style. He was the son of Lady Constance Adela Bootle-Wilbraham and Onorato Caetani, Duke of Sermoneta. Caetani restored some of the buildings of the medieval town of Ninfa, particularly the tower and the town hall, as a summer residence.
Among the various treasures to be found in the gardens, there is a picturesque river complete with ancient bridges and crystal-clear water or the ruins of a 10th-century church (Santa Maria Maggiore) complete with 12th-century frescos.
There are 1300 botanical species over the eight acres of landscape. You can admire 19 varieties of deciduous magnolia, water iris, birch, and numerous Japanese maples. There are over a thousand varieties of trees and plants, such as American walnuts, several ornamental apples, yuccas, catalpa, Cotinus coggygria, cedar trees and many rose bushes.
The essence of the garden’s success is its geographical location. The garden is almost a natural greenhouse that allows all plants to grow up to 3 times larger than their expected size and possibly, age.
A light rain falls almost every afternoon, creating a unique garden in the world, managed in the best of ways and the source of envy for all other botanical gardens.
Where is Garden of Ninfa, Italy?
The majestical garden is located in the Lazio region of Italy, about 40 miles southeast of Rome, on the ruins of the old city of Ninfa, at the bottom of the Lepini mounts, situated at the junction of the cities of Norma, Sermoneta, and Cisterna di Latina.
Getting there by car is the easiest and fastest option, being a 90-minute drive from Rome. Alternatively, you can get there more comfortably by train from Rome Termini to Cisterna di Latina, then there’s a shuttle service from Cisterna di Latina to the gardens.
When to visit Giardino di Ninfa?
This location is open to the public from April to October, on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month, and the 3rd Sunday in April, May, and June.
Entrance costs €10 but is free of charge for children under 11 years old accompanied by a parent. Furthermore, the garden can only be seen on a guided tour. Tours depart every ten minutes and are guaranteed even in the case of fog or rain.
Hours: Morning 9:00am to 12:00 pm /2:30pm to 6:00pm (April, May, June); 3:00pm – 6:30pm (July, August, September); 2:30pm – 4:00pm (October)