The Garden of Ninfa is the most Beautiful in the World

For the New York Times, the most beautiful garden in the world is in Italy. This garden has been declared a Natural Monument by the Lazio Region. It is a historic garden of international renown. It is a typical English garden, started by Gelasio Caetani in 1921, in the area of ​​the disappeared medieval town of Ninfa, where today only several ruins remain, some of which were restored during the creation of the garden. The Garden of Ninfa is a fairytale park, among ponds, colorful flowers, corners that seem to have been stolen from the Garden of Eden, fountains and tropical plants. The first inhabitants of this place arrived in the 8th century, when Emperor Constantine V Copronus granted this fertile ground to Pope Zacharias. The habitat is formed by the Ninfa river, a lake and many plants. In memory of the historical past, the ruins of numerous churches remain: San Giovanni, San Biagio, San Pietro fuori le mura, San Salvatore and Santa Maria Maggiore, which sprout behind the hedges and blend into nature, but give a very romantic look to the garden. Within the eight-hectare garden you can admire 1300 species of plants including 19 varieties of deciduous magnolia, birch, aquatic iris and Japanese maple. In spring, the ornamental cherry trees bloom creating a spectacular panorama. Since 1976, a WWF Oasis has been established to support the flora and fauna of the area. The name Ninfa derives from a Roman temple dedicated to the Naiadi Nymphs, a divinity of spring waters, built near the present garden. To preserve its beauty, biodiversity and environmental balance, only guided tours are organized on weekends according to a fixed calendar starting in April and until November. Visits start every 10 minutes. The garden is also suitable for wheelchairs!

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