If you love gardens, you absolutely must not miss the oasi of Ninfa.
Ninfa was a medieval city abandoned by its inhabitants because of malaria and slowly fall into disrepair.
The town was deserted for 600 years until the twentieth century, when three generations of the Caetani family decided to revive the city (that belonged to the family) like a garden. They realized that the crumbling buildings and stone bridges of the town were a dreamlike setting for a garden.
In 1922 the English born Duchess of Sermoneta, planted the roses which still cascade over trees and ruins, scrambling to enormous heights. Her son, Prince Gelasio, planted the ilexes, cypresses, black walnuts and magnolia grandiflora which, now mature, give the garden its air of timelessness.
After the prince’s death his brother Roffredo and his American wife Marguerite, lived at Ninfa for twenti-five years, adding collections of flowering trees and creating more streams to criss-cross the garden. They were followed by Lelia Caetani, an artist, and her husband Hubert Howard, who added more magnolias, paulonia fargesii and began an arboretum outside the walls.
Since 1976 the garden has been transformed into an oasi managed by the W.W.F.
Ninfa is an authentic paradise where history, art and nature have reached an equilibrium and a truly unique fusion.