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Best Day Trip from Rome: Ninfa Garden

February 28th, 2020 by Prontopia

As spring approaches, don’t miss the chance for the best day trip from Rome: Ninfa garden! A unique place for groups of friends, couples and families. In fact, this place is probably the closest you will get to Eden on Earth or to the imaginary garden of Alice in Wonderland.

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A little bit of history

The history of such an astonishing place goes back to the 8th century.

Part of the papal administration, Ninfa was in a strategic position in terms of politics and geography. Whenever the via Appia was not accessible, the only way to go from Rome to Naples was through the Ninfa territory.

In 1298, Pope Bonifacio VIII, member of the Caetani family, bought the whole territory for 200,000 gold florins, as a gift for his nephew.

During the Great Schism in 1378, the anti-papal factions destroyed and sacked Ninfa, leaving nothing but ruins.

In the following centuries, the Caetani family went back to their land trying to restore it. The most important renaissance of the area took place around the 1920s with Gelasio Ceatani.

His mother was an English lady who helped him recreate the architecture and beauty of a real English garden. From that moment on, generations of Caetani family added a personal trait to the garden, making it what it is today. 

The garden boasts more than a thousand kinds of plants and flowers spread over more than eight hectares. More than a hundred species of birds find home here, in what must be the closest one can think of when picturing Eden. 

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How to reach the garden

The best way to reach the Ninfa garden is to go by car. The address you would have to put in your GPS is Via Ninfina 68, 04012 Cisterna di Latina.

The drive from Rome will take slightly more than one hour.

If, on the other hand, you do not wish to drive, a train from Termini station will take you directly to Latina. Once there, you will have to rely on a taxi to reach the garden.

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Plan your visit

In order to best enjoy your day trip to Ninfa garden, make sure you book your tour in advance. 

The garden is open from the end of March until the beginning of November. 

The dates for the tour are available on the official websites, where you can also find additional information on how to purchase it and how to make the best out of it.

The price per tickets is 15€, plus 0,50€ for the online purchase fee. Children under the age of 12 can visit the garden for free. The reduced ticket for handicapped is 8€ and it can only be bought directly at the garden entrance.

Tours are 80-minute-long and quite frequent during the opening days. If you are wondering about strollers and wheelchairs, don’t worry: a day trip to Ninfa garden can be for everyone. In fact, apart from some roots here and there, the paths are rather accessible. 

For guided tour in English, there are two options available: one is at 10:30am and the second one is at 3:30pm.

Whilst it is not possible to have a picnic inside the garden, the parking area at the entrance offers the possibility for a pleasant lunch under a warm sun.

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Castello Caetani

Once in the area, add to your day trip to Ninfa garden a visit to the Caetani Castle.

Initially owned by the Annibaldi family back in the 13th century, the Caetani Castle was then bought by the family who eventually give it its name. 

Around 1500, pope Borgia Alessandro I took the castle from the Caetani family and started using it for military purposes. He destroyed some parts of it to build walls resembling a military fortress.

After pope Borgia died, the following pope gave the castle back to its real owner, the Caetani family. 

Century after, the castle was used by the French and Spanish armies as a military warehouse.

The restoration of the castle started again towards the end of the 19th century when the Caetani family started using it for educational and social purposes.

Today the castle is an historical beauty that is worth visiting. A lot of history went through those walls, which makes each visit a travel back in time.

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