Italy’s Gardens – From Sicily to Lombardy, five parks and gardens in which to rediscover the pleasure of being surrounded by beauty

Some of the most precious Italian jewels are the Belpaese’s gardens and parks, often surrounding wonderful historical villas. Finally, now that the country is springing back to life after the lockdown, it is again possible to enjoy all this beauty.

Here are five gardens – from Sicily up to Lombardy – that are already opened.

Italy’s Gardens. In these places, you can rediscover the pleasure of a relaxing walk in the open air, between nature and, in some cases, land art.

Parco dell’Arte Fondazione La Verde La Malfa (Catania) – In Sicily, contemporary art and luscious vegetation meet in this park in San Giovanni La Punta. In addition to an old specimen of Araucaria, there are soaring cypresses, maritime pines, olive trees, pistachios, strelitzias, bougainvilleas, as well as numerous sculptures and installations.

Parco Storico Seghetti Panichi (Ascoli Piceno) – In 1875, the great German botanist and landscape architect Ludwig Winter designed the park of the residence located in Castel di Lama. It is a romantic landscaped garden full of charm. In this intimate place, nature explodes in every season offering visitors  spectacular shows of its beauty.

Parco Sculture del Chianti – From the official Facebook page

Parco Sculture del Chianti (Siena) – In 2014, the National Geographic listed it as one of the 10 most beautiful sculpture parks in the world. Located in  Pievasciata, the park spreads over 13 hectares and houses works of contemporary art by artists from all over the world.

Giardino Giusti (Verona) – In the XVI-century Giusti Garden, flowery lawns, fountains, and XVI-century statues take visitors back in time right outside Verona’s historic center. A popular stage of the Grand Tour, it features a labyrinth and a belvedere from which to enjoy one of the most famous panoramas of the city.

Villa Monastero (Lecco) – Located in Varenna, on Lake Como, this impressive Villa boasts a magnificent botanic garden with several rare species. Thanks to the mild climate, peculiar to the lake, the garden houses numerous botanic species from all over the world. And more species are added every year.

Ilona Catani Scarlett

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