The Gardens of Ninfa, a splendid oasis surrounded by the ruins of a Medieval city
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The Gardens of Ninfa, a splendid oasis surrounded by the ruins of a Medieval city

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The Gardens of Ninfa, a splendid oasis surrounded by the ruins of a Medieval city

The Garden of Ninfa is a splendid oasis where the colors of nature embrace the ruins of an ancient Medieval city. It is a lush garden that spans over eight hectares, featuring varied flowers, scents and colors all year round. The New York Times called it the most beautiful and romantic garden in the world, with over 1300 plant species that include 19 varieties of magnolia, birch, aquatic iris and a spectacular array of Japanese maples.

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Located in Cisterna di Latina, on the border between Norma and Sermoneta, this beautiful park was declared a Natural Monument by the Lazio Region. It is an historic garden of international regard, nestled among the ruins of Ninfa, the ancient city of Roman origins that takes its name from a Roman temple dedicated to the Naiad Nymphs - gods endowed with healing powers.

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The Ninfa Gardens were started in 1921 by Gelasio Caetani, where they began their blossom among the remains of a castle, numerous medieval churches and bell towers. Some of these landmarks were restored during the creation of the garden. It is considered a true Anglo-Saxon style paradise, complete with streams and ponds which are intersected with romantic bridges and colorful flowers from all over the world.

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The Gardens of Ninfa along with the Castello di Sermoneta and the Pantanello Natural Park, belong to the Caetani Foundation, which has decided to open the prisons of the castle to visitors, making it now possible, for the first time to admire 150 eighteenth-century graffiti works created by soldiers of the Napoleonic troops during the occupation of the fortress.

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In order to preserve the delicate balance, the gardens can be visited and opened to the public only a few days each year between April and November. Anyone who wishes to spend a day in this suggestive paradise can consult the website: http://www.giardinodininfa.eu

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