The spectacular Garden of Ninfa reopens on 31 March, after its annual winter closure, and is open on select days until 4 November.
Situated less than 80 km south-east of Rome near Sermoneta at the foot of the Lepini mountains, the town of Ninfa is home to one of Italy’s most popular gardens. Belonging to the Caetani family since the 14th century, the site was abandoned in 1382 but in 1922 Lelia Caetani, the last descendant of the Caetani family, and her husband Hubert Howard, began to create the garden as it is today.
Spread out over eight hectares, this romantic English-style garden has over 10,000 shrubs, plants and flowering trees from all over the world growing among the mediaeval ruins, while the river Ninfa forms a lake in the garden.
This year the garden is open throughout the Easter long weekend, from 31 March to 2 April inclusive, as well as being open on 7-8 April and 15, 22 and 29 April. In May the garden is open on 1, 5, 6, 13, 20 and 27 while the June dates are 2, 3 and 17. During the summer the garden is open on 7-8 and 22 July, and 4-5 and 15 August, while the autumn dates include 1-2 September and 6-7 October, closing on 4 November.
However there are special visiting arrangements throughout the year for groups (minimum of 30 people). Ninfa is part of the natural monument of the same name established by the Lazio region in 2000. The garden entry fee is €15, for full details see Garden of Ninfa website.