You know that Italy has been defined for centuries "Garden of Europe"? Well-known personalities such as Dante Alighieri, Goethe and Stendhal were moved by the artistic, landscape and naturalistic beauties of our country and celebrated them in their writings. A great heritage that tells the history and identity of our territory and that today the project Garden Route Italy makes available to everyone in a dedicated guide.


Garden Route Italia is the official guide of the Italian Gardens realized fromParks and Gardens Association of Italy and from Ministry of Culture: beyond 200 gardens and 30 itineraries accompanied by stories and cultural events, a real one journey through the most beautiful gardens in Italy, a mosaic of unique landscapes, from the Alps to the Mediterranean, which tells over five hundred years of garden culture history.


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Garden Route Italy it's a project for the enhancement of Italian gardens promoted by APGI (Parks and Gardens Association of Italy). The project aims to relaunch the cultural and tourist use of Italian parks and gardens and highlights theirs strategic role in promoting tourism which aims to activate virtuous processes of regeneration of the territory. 

From the Renaissance to the contemporary world, Italian gardens offer a extraordinary testimony of the beauty, history and authenticity of the places in which they were created. They are also an expression of the bond and inseparable relationship between man and nature, architecture and landscape, culture and territory. 


Garden Route Italy is a guide capable of offering different interpretations of Italy by letting you know lesser-known places and territories, far from the tourist circuits, hidden green corners rich in art, history and beauty.

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In fact, the site invites you to discover the many itineraries along the boot, from north to south, and all the dedicated initiatives. To the topographical itineraries that tell, through the gardens, the history and identity of the territories, are added the thematic itineraries, which offer an ever-changing interpretation of green heritage.


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For example by entering the itinerary "The mirror garden: the landscape of the lakes"Let's go to the discovery of gardens along the Italian lakes where the favorable microclimate and the protection from the winds have offered the possibility of creating particular botanical worlds. Among these stand out the gardens around the lakes of Como, Garda and Maggiore, which arose above all in the eighteenth century and in the second half of the nineteenth century as a refuge for noble families in search of a quiet from the Little Ancient World. By clicking on each garden you can read a brief description and you can view it on the map.


The peculiarity of Garden Route Italia is that it offers you different interpretations of the wonderful world of Italian gardens, telling you facts and cultural anecdotes. An example is the itinerary  "The feminine garden" which reminds us how between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, female attention to gardens was very widespread, especially among the bourgeois classes. Many women animated the cultural salons by addressing the themes of the garden while others began to educate themselves in the botanical sciences and then move on to a concrete practice. In this section we find the Royal Palace of Caserta, the Garden of Ninfa in Cisterna di Latina in Lazio, La Mortella in Forio (Naples), the latter was also highly appreciated by the new king Charles III. Or we find the itineraries in the footsteps of writers, such as the one dedicated to Goethe where in his "diary", "I travel to italy", an interest emerges not only for ancient monuments and works of art, but also for geology, mineralogy, botany, plants, flowers and gardens. In this section we find V.illa Borghese in Rome, Villa D'Este in Tivoli and so on.


The immense heritage of Italian gardens is also addressed from the point of view ofart, nature and landscape. In the dedicated section you can learn more about the myths and legends related to some gardens. How's that of Vicino Orsini in Bomarzo, the famous Sacred Wood or Park of the Monsters, which was described as early as 1564 by Annibal Caro as a kingdom of wonders and "extravagant and supernatural things". The section dedicated to the landscape makes us reflect on the perfect harmony that has been created between landscapes and the surrounding area, helping to enhance it. The way of growing certain crops has also created breathtaking landscapes. An example are the lemon houses on Lake Garda which, in addition to being important from an economic point of view, have also always had a landscape value, as evidenced by the numerous testimonies of travelers. The landscape was so well cultivated that it looked like an uninterrupted sequence of gardens.


Garden Route Italia caters to everyone ai Italian travelers and explorers who want to discover enchanting and little known places, to the citizens of the reference territories with the aim of increasing and consolidating one's sense of identity and belonging, to all citizens and tourists from all backgrounds who, by visiting parks and gardens, can deepen the distinctive features of our culture.


In short, our invitation is to visit the Garden Route Italia website and have fun discovering the itineraries and the many stories of Italian gardens. You will find many ideas to organize a trip out of town and, why not, a weekend dedicated to these wonders that the whole world envies us.  


We just have to wish you a good exploration on Garden Route Italy.




Garden Route Italy is the official Guide of Italian Gardens created by the Parks and Gardens of Italy Association and the Ministry of Culture.
Discover over 200 parks and gardens, more than 30 itineraries, events and news

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