My obsession with flowers and gardens come from my childhood, where I grew up in a big garden full of seasonal flowers and trees. Last week, even though the weather was slightly cloudy and rainy, I organized a weekend getaway to visit Ninfa and Torrechia Vechia gardens. I found these two gardens from a BBC documentary on Italian Gardens and with the beginning of spring, I thought that this is the best time to visit them. I must confess that after 9 years of living in Italy, this country still surprises me with its beauty and these two gardens will always be my favourite Italian gardens.
I Giardini di ninfa or Ninfa garden is about 1.5 hour drive from Rome. This dreamy garden was built on the ruins of the medieval town of Ninfa and unlike Italian gardens that are famous for their ever green and geometric style, Ninfa is full of colourful flowers and botanic species. I was not surprised when I learned that the care of the garden was continued by a woman Lelia (last heir of Caetani family) who added various botanical plants and colourful flowers.
I was actually surprised that with such short distance from Rome, I had never heard about this magical place that has been visited by famous painters and artists for centuries.
You can easily do a day trip from Rome to visit this garden. The tour is usually about 60 minutes and I recommend to book your tickets online. Note that the garden is only open on the weekends. For more information check out their website: https://www.
I had organized a weekend getaway as I wanted to visit Torrechia Vecchia garden the next day so I had found a lovely B&B (Lelive) near Ninfa at the town of Castello Sermoneta. I would highly suggest to visit this charming town maybe for lunch for an early Aperitivo before you head back to Rome.
Torrechia Vecchia is a prestigious private garden with 1,260 acres of land that belonged to the Borghese family and much later it was bought by a prince of Carlo Caracciolo. The prince commissioned Dan Peasrson to create an English Garden and he literally brought all the trees and plants from England.
This was a special experience, as we were the only visitors in this garden and so we took few hours to walk around, relax and enjoy this fairytale garden that literally takes your breath away.
You must book ahead from their website and if you have the budget you can even organize a luxury stay at one of their villas. https://www.torrecchia.com/