"Il Parco Più Bello" Contest Crowns Italy's Ten Most Beautiful Parks

Italy boasts many beautiful parks and gardens, in fact there are over 1,000 of them affiliated with the network “Il Parco Più Bello d’Italia” (Italy’s Most Beautiful Park). Every year, a contest takes place to vote for the ten most beautiful ones.

This year they include: the panoramic gardens of Villa Medici in Rome, home of the French Academy; the English-style gardens of Ninfa near Latina in the region of Lazio; Villa Toeplitz in the Lombard city of Varese, the former country residence of a German noble family; Villa Borromeo Visconti Litta near Milan boasting fountains, a citrus garden and an outdoor theatre used for concerts and plays; the terraced gardens of Villa Grock in Imperia created by Charles Adrien Wettach, the so-called 'king of clowns'; Villa Serra di Sant'Olcese in Genoa, an English-style garden extending over nine hectares; the colorful Giardino dei Tarocchi sculpture garden in Capalbio near Grosseto, which features 22 monumental figures representing the greater mysteries of the tarot; the Garzoni historic garden in Pescia featuring Renaissance and Baroque elements; La Cutura botanical garden in Giuggianello (Puglia), with 35 hectares of rare cacti and tropical plants; and the 18th-century rural Villa Caristo in Stignano, the only example of baroque art in Calabria.

Take a look at the gallery below featuring the 2015 Top Ten Italian gardens and we hope it inspires you to pay a visit!

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