Secret gardens in Sardinia: a wonder of nature
Sardinia is home to several secret gardens that can be considered real natural museums.
In spring, nature frees itself from winter hibernation and shows all its beauty. When the warm season arrives, spending some time outdoors is great, especially in Sardinia, where Mother Nature offers truly unforgettable shows. Even in the biggest cities. In fact, there are secret gardens, open all year round, where you can discover enchanting flowers, historic plants and trees from all over the world. We have selected five gardens that you should visit.
The Botanical Garden
In Cagliari, just outside the fortifications of the Castle, there is a large garden, full of rare plants and remains from the Roman era. It is the botanical garden, a vast green space of about five hectares in the historic center of the Sardinian capital. It is worth a visit for several reasons. First, there are plant species of all kinds, from all over the planet. Then, there is an archaeological area with numerous Roman relics. Among the many stops during the tour of the Botanical Garden, the Roccaglie of biodiversity are not to be missed. These are installations that recreate the conditions in which some types of plants that grow in stony territories live in nature. The park is home to 90% of the rare and “threatened” endemic species of the western Mediterranean islands, especially the Sardinian ones.
The Aymerich Garden
Also known as the Laconi park, the Aymerich garden is a real natural museum. It is located behind the ancient palace of the Aymerichs, feudal lords of the town until the 19th century, and covers an area of 22 hectares. It is no exaggeration to call it an enchanted garden. The creator was the Marquis Ignazio Aymerich, a passionate collector of exotic plants, which grow undisturbed even today. Among the paths in the garden you can find the strawberry tree, the Corsican pine, the plane tree and the holm oak. However, attention is also captured by the ruins of the medieval castle of Laconi, dating back to 1053. Near the ruins there is also a specimen of the famous cedar of Lebanon, an evergreen conifer with dimorphic buds and agriform leaves.
The citrus grove at Villa Pernis-Vacca
Villa Pernis-Vacca is at the southern entrance of Millis, Oristano. It was built in Art Nouveau style in the early 1900s by Benvenuto Pernis to house a horse farm for the royal army. Over the centuries, after some changes of ownership, the villa has fallen into disuse. Then, the municipality of Millis bought it in 2000 and almost entirely renovated. At the moment, the southern area hosts a hotel-restaurant-bar, while the northern one hosts a service center for tourism. The citrus grove is one of the most beautiful spots, with typical citrus plants from Milis and Sardinia. Among these, the pompia (Citrus limon var. Pompia), an endemic variety of lemon, reported as early as 1600. Since 2000, the “Spring in the Garden” event has been held in the large citrus grove.
San Leonardo of Siete Fuentes
Again near Oristano, in a wood of holm oaks, oaks and elms, there is a pleasant and suggestive place. It is San Leonardo di Siete Fuentes, or the Villa of the Seven Fountains. The Spanish name derives from the period of Iberian domination, but compared to that past things are different today. The fountains are no longer seven and the name also includes that of the nearby church of San Leonardo. This villa and the large garden are one of the best places for a walk in all of Sardinia. The shady park, the tiny lakes and streams that flow from the springs, make it truly suggestive. Walking along an old stone-paved mule track, you arrive at the spectacular s’Istrampu de sos molinos, a waterfall with a total height difference of thirty meters and five jumps (the last one of about 15 meters).
Finally, one of the secret gardens of Sardinia that deserves a visit is Parco Monserrato. It is the historic green area of Sassari, an immense garden of a thousand colors. In ancient times it was the main noble estate of the city and now has great natural and historical value. Within its six hectares there is an elegant monumental garden. In just over three centuries and with several changes of ownership, this place has become a refined park with an infinite variety of plants and architectural works that adorn the tree-lined paths. You can find lime trees, holm oaks, carob trees, cypresses, pines and plants of all kinds, together with the buildings of the ancient noble families. Unmissable stops are the Rosello Fountain, Piazza d’Italia and the Cathedral of San Nicola di Bari.
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