Day trip from Rome to the enchanting Garden of Ninfa
If the gods created anything purely to see how symbiotically colorful and peaceful they could make it, then surely the Garden of Ninfa is that something. The garden is home to plants and flowers of every shape, size and shade which have been carefully integrated around ruins of the lost medieval town of Ninfa.
The garden is fed by various sources of water, one of the reasons why plants and trees grow three times as fast as normal. Often referred to as the most “romantic” garden in the world, the atmosphere is made all the more charming by a number of stone bridges delicately arched over crystalline streams. The Garden of Ninfa feels like a technicolor refuge for nature – like a fairytale land where you could come stumble upon a secret portal to another world.
Inside the 8-hectare garden you can admire over 1300 species of plants including 19 varieties of magnolia, birch trees, aquatic irises and Japanese maples. In spring, ornamental cherry trees bloom creating a fairytale atmosphere.
The Garden was created in the early 1920s by the Caetani family and is currently maintained by the Fondo Ambiente Italiano, the Italian environmental fund (FAI). The Giardino di Ninfa is only open a few weekend days each year to protect the delicate ecosystem so it isn’t open all the time – try to go in late spring when the garden is in its full glory! The ticket comes at a price of €15 and includes an 80-minute guided tour of the grounds. If you’re planning a visit to Rome and have time for a day trip or weekend getaway, definitely put the Garden of Nymphs on your list of to-dos!
Giardino di Ninfa Virtual Tour
There isn’t anywhere to eat directly on the grounds unless you are a fan of the vending machines in the ticket area (which you aren’t, right?), but the town of Sermoneta is only ten minutes by car from the Giardino – be sure to check out our Sermoneta “Where to Eat” recommendation!
The easiest way to get there, by far, is by car. If you don’t have a car you can rent one over at StylishRent.
If that isn’t an option, take the train to the Latina Scalo station. From there, there is a taxi service that will take you the remaining ten or so minutes, reachable at 0773632292. If you take a taxi, keep in mind that depending on the time of year, the Gardens are closed between the hours of 12 PM and either 2:30 or 3 PM, so plan accordingly, as without a car any other place in the area will be quite hard to reach.
Here are the days for 2020 the Giardini di Ninfa are open to the public
May 23, 24, 30, 31
June 2, 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
July 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26,
August 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
September 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31
For opening hours and tickets: giardinodininfa.eu