One of the many things which distinguishes Italy from many other countries is its unique combination of the unparalleled collection of ancient art and its Eden-like gardens. The nature, beauty, culture, and historical aspects of many of the following gardens are huge differentiators. The regions of Lazio, Tuscany, Liguria, and Lombardy feature the 10 most beautiful gardens and parks in this most beautiful country.
FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA
PARCO DEL CASTELLO DI MIRAMARE, TRIESTE
The Castle of Miramare is already something of fairytales, situated on the sea. This enchanted garden area is home to a beautiful butterfly garden, featuring about 150 species of butterflies and moths. It seems a matter of fantasy while among this beautiful patch of lush greenery. The area overlooks the Gulf of Trieste and is teeming with various plant species also, viewable through the winding paths and lining the ponds of varying sizes throughout the park as well.
PARCO GIARDINO SIGURTÀ, VALEGGIO SUL MINCIO
The Garden Park of the Sigurtà family is best known for its springtime flowers, such as tulips, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, and more tulips. It’s the best in Italy and Southern Europe for these flower types. Over the long history, this garden has been the property of a variety of owners. However, the current owners, the Sigurtà family, took over in 1941. This garden adds a special value to the special combination of historic culture and nature that is the region of Veneto.
VILLA CARLOTTA, TREMEZZO
The Villa Carlotta looks over the spectacular waters of Lake Como and the peninsula of Bellagio. The view of the alps as the backdrop will take your breath away. With the variety of plant species, your eyes are spoiled with different uniqueness at every turn. Various azaleas totaling around 150, camellia hedges, tropical plant species, rhododendrons, a valley of southern ferns, and ancient conifers are magnificent sites of nature’s magic. The bamboo garden and the pergolas of citrus plants allow for views within the gardens of intense difference to the surroundings and will completely captivate you. The climate of the area allows for this wide amount of plant species to thrive. The villa itself also has a collection of art to be enjoyed.
VILLA TARANTO, VERBANIA
Also among the most beautiful in the world is the garden of Villa Taranto. It is split into sections to support each of the unique contents: flower beds, herbariums, greenhouses, and lush terraces. The terraces are comprised of seven kilometers and tens of thousands of varying greenery.
VILLA GROCK, IMPERIA
This Villa was recently opened to the public in 2010, while the gardens opened first in 2006. These openings after a very long process of restoring liberty, oriental, art-deco, and rococo elements. The villa received its name after the famous Swiss clown, Charles Adrien Wettach whose stage name was Grock. He is said to have been Europe’s greatest clown, a field of work appropriate in naming such an peculiar and oddly magical place.
PARCO TEBAIDE, SIENA
The unique name of Tebaide Park comes from a desert in the upper region of Egypt. This desert was populated in the Middle Ages by hermits following Christianity. The paths of the gardens show statues of many friars in praying positions, religious chapels with marble frescos, and statures of saints. Additionally, through the wooded area are stone crosses along the paths. This park was constructed between 1698–1705 and is located inside the Villa di Cetinale complex.
VILLA MEDICEA DI CASTELLO, FLORENCE
The Medicean Villa of Castello is split in three terraces among the hills and countryside of Florence. 16 lush rectangular garden beds are spread across the first terrace with a great fountain situated in the middle. The second was named the garden of citrus fruits and features plants potted in wildly ornamented decorative pots totaling around 500! A thick oak forest makes up the third terrace.
LA SCARZUOLA, MONTEGABBIONE
The garden, La Scarzuola, is a surrealist’s imagination brought to life. The structures are odd and features various monuments, theaters, statues, and staircases amount the many paths throughout the wooden area. You may feel as though nymphs or fairies may just pop out next to you at any moment in this fantasy-like garden. This was the vision and creation of Tomaso Buzzi, a well-known architect. He creates a world of utopia for the visitor. This is a unique experience you will be glad you didn’t miss.
GIARDINO DI NINFA, CISTERNA DI LATINA
“The most beautiful garden in the world,” –The New York Times. This is a spot you must see in your lifetime. The Ninfa River crosses through the garden, giving birth to water bank plants and a variety of others on the gardens other areas. There are plenty of streams which spider off of the river also. The restoration and development of this property was the responsibility of Lelia Caetani who built it on top of Ninfa, a Medieval town which was in ruins. This is a lovely spot to venture through, world-renowned in the region of Lazio.
PARCO DELLA REGGIA DI CASERTA
The Royal Palace gardens are a scene of mythological elements that come to life before your eyes. With both Italian and English style gardens, it’s a cultural blend of beauty. Within the park is tanks of fish, a variety of large fountains and statues. The Grand Waterfall in the back of the gardens add to the storybook-like sense of the grounds.