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The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle

The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle

Trauttmansdorff Castle Merano South Tyrol

Trauttmansdorff Castle, where Empress Elisabeth “Sissi” was a guest, in Merano, South Tyrol     (foto © shutterstock.com) 

The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle

The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle (Gärten von Schloss Trauttmansdorff), inaugurated in 2001, are among the attractions of Merano (Meran), which extend in its eastern part, and the most popular destinations in South Tyrol. They thrill with their particular variety and harmony: over 80 botanical environments with native plants from every corner of the world can be admired on an area of 12 hectares with a natural amphitheater shape. The climate of the sunny spa town ensures that plants find perfect conditions for growth. The botanical gardens are divided into four thematic areas: the ‘woods of the world’, with woods from China, Japan and Florida, the ‘gardens of the sun’ with a Mediterranean touch, the ‘landscapes of South Tyrol’, which with natural oak wood reflects the original fauna of the region, and last the ‘aquatic and terraced gardens’.

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The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, Merano, South Tyrol   (foto © footageclips / Shutterstock.com)

History & origins of the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle in Merano

The particular climate enjoyed by the city of Merano is the optimal condition for setting up a botanical garden. In 1977 the complex passed from the Italian State to the Autonomous Province of Bolzano-Alto Adige which entrusted the management of the real estate to the Laimburg Center for Agricultural and Forestry Experimentation. In 1989 the Center was entrusted with the construction of the gardens and the project was launched which, after years of intense work and preparations, was completed in 2001 with the inauguration of the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle. Today the site has become a reference point for tourists staying in South Tyrol and an important reference for the management of other gardens that have taken it as an example.

The woods of the world

In this thematic area you can admire evergreen broad-leaved woods from China, Japan and Florida; deciduous broad-leaved woods from eastern North America, South America, China and Japan; coniferous woodlands with giant sequoia and evergreen sequoia from eastern North America and a bald cypress grove from the Mississippi area. Among the other attractions of the “woods of the world” you will also find the “Valle delle Felci” and the aviary with numerous species of parrot.

The gardens of the sun

In this area, located on the southern slope of the gardens of Trauttmansdorff castle, you can admire the olive grove located further north in Italy, in which you will find a 700-year-old olive tree. There is also a lemon house, a lavender field and the largest collection of sage in Italy with 154 varieties of this plant. On the hill of succulents you will find cacti, euphorbias, aloes and agaves, succulents that grow in semi-desert areas of Africa and America.

The landscapes of South Tyrol

In the area concerning the landscapes of South Tyrol you can admire a natural oak wood, typical of South Tyrolean flora, and a riparian wood, typical of the marshy valley bottoms of the region. You can also see orchards and vineyards: the gardens of Trauttmansdorff castle have acquired the paternity of “Versoaln”, the largest and probably oldest vine in the world, located in Katzenzungen castle in Prissiano.

The aquatic and terraced gardens

In the water and terraced gardens area you will find an Italian garden, an English garden and a palm grove. Terraces, stairs and streams of water lead down to the water lily pond, a natural habitat for lotus flowers.

Field of flowers, Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle in Merano, South Tyrol

The Botanic Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, Merano, south tyrol, Italy, offer many attractions with botanical species and varieties of plants from all over the world.  (foto © lorenza62 / Shutterstock.com)

Flowers in the gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, Merano, South Tyrol

Flowers in the gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, Merano, South Tyro  (foto © lorenza62 / Shutterstock.com)

The gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, Merano, South Tyrol

Aerial view of the Trauttmansdorff Castle Gardens, a botanical gardens located in Merano city in north Italy.   (foto © Shutterstock.com)

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Ferrara and the Po Delta

Ferrara and the Po Delta

Ferrara and the Po Delta

The historical centre of Ferrara, the city of the Renaissance is a UNESCO World Heritage Sit

Ferrara is called the “city of bicycles” and is famous for its relaxed atmosphere and its beautiful historic centre. Ferrara does not seem to have changed much since the Este family reigned there, one of the most powerful families in Europe with a particular predilection for art. In 1995 the entire historic centre of the city was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco for its Renaissance beauties.

The ideal starting point for a visit to Ferrara is the Estense Castle, symbol of the city. The castle stands imposingly in the historic centre and is one of the rare examples of a moated castle visible today in Italy. Its construction began in 1385 and today it has four large towers on the sides. The visit begins by crossing the drawbridges and, once inside, you can visit the prisons and the large frescoed rooms, used for games and court fun. Inside the Castle there is also the Tourist Information Office.

The Cathedral of San Giorgio Martire is the main place of worship in the city. Built in white marble, it bears signs of all the historical eras that Ferrara has gone through over the centuries, both on the facade and inside. Its Renaissance bell tower, the work by Leon Battista Alberti, has remained unfinished.

Passing under the arch in front of the Cathedral, you find yourself in a beautiful square dominated by the Town Hall. Once called the Ducal Palace, this building was the residence of the Este family until the nearby castle was built. The entrance is adorned with the imposing Staircase of Honor. Today the square is dotted with bars and shops.

Corso Ercole I d’Este is considered one of the most beautiful avenues in Europe, as it lacks shops and commercial activities. Walking through this avenue you can admire the beauty of the buildings, including the Palazzo dei Diamanti (Diamond Palace). Its name derives from the approximately 8,500 diamond-shaped white and pink marble bosses that cover the two sides. Legend has it that one of the bosses contains an authentic diamond hidden by Hercules I, belonging to his crown. The Palazzo dei Diamanti houses the National Art Gallery of Ferrara on the first floor, while temporary art exhibitions are set up on the ground floor.

About 2 kilometers long, Via delle Volte Street of the arches)is so called because of the arches and suspended passages that characterize it. This is one of the corners of the city where time seems to have stopped, where it is still possible to breathe an atmosphere of medieval charm.

 

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The Po Delta – UNESCO World Heritage

A little further east of Ferrara we find the Po river with its delta. The Po delta is the set of fluvial branches that allow the Po river to flow into the northern Adriatic Sea after its course that starts from Monte Monviso and crosses the entire Po Valley.

The Po Delta is the territory created both by the sedimentation of the river and by the work of man who over the centuries has regimented its waters and reclaimed the land. In the Delta there are various environments, each with unique characteristics. A territory rich in nature, history, art and culture, capable of offering many different itineraries and a fantastic landscape.

Here we find the Veneto Regional Park of the Po Delta, characterized by a humid area of ​​international importance and one of the most important naturalistic parks in Italy and Europe, which in a succession of landscapes and itineraries offers the visitor the opportunity to immerse themselves in the nature and to live a truly unique experience.

The Po delta was included in 1999 among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Italy as an extension of the recognition conferred on the city of Ferrara in 1995.

 

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The Medici villas in Tuscany

The Medici villas in Tuscany

The Medici villas in Tuscany

The villas in which the Medici, lords of Renaissance Florence lived, are located in the magnificent Tuscany, immersed in a splendid countryside, close to cities of art such as Florence and Lucca. Built in harmony with nature between the 15th and 17th centuries, the villas are country buildings dedicated to pleasures, arts and knowledge. In addition to being places of rest and leisure, they represented the summer “palace” on the territories administered by the Medici and the center of agricultural economic activities in the area in which they were located. These palaces are among the most important examples of Renaissance and Baroque architecture in Tuscany. Their gardens and their perfect integration with the surrounding environment helped to bring out an aesthetic sensibility of the landscape that was a characteristic of Humanism and the Renaissance. These villas also testify to the influence exercised by the Medici on European culture through their widespread patronage.

In particular, 12 villas and two gardens became part of the World Heritage Site. The gardens are those of Boboli in Florence and Pratolino in Vaglia. The Boboli Gardens, born as the Grand Ducal garden of Palazzo Pitti and also connected to the Forte di Belvedere, is a perfect example of an Italian garden. The park of the Medici villa of Pratolinohosts magnificent works of art.

The villas are instead those near Florence: Careggi, La Petraia, Cerreto Guidi, Castello and Poggio Imperiale. The villas of Belcanto in Fiesole, in Poggio a Caiano (near Prato), La Màgia (Quarrata, near Pistoia), in Artimino (Carmignano, near Prato), Cafaggiolo in Barberino di Mugello, del Trebbio (in San Piero a Sieve) and the Palazzo di Seravezza in Lucca.

In some of these villas the Medici took up hunting expeditions, as in Trebbio and Cafaggiolo, which among other things were the first villas to be built and for this reason have the appearance of a fourteenth-century fortification.

Then there were the summer residences, such as the Artimino villa. A place of entertainment is also the villa of Fiesole. Instead, Villa La Màgia was a place of strategic importance, where in 1536 a historic meeting took place between Duke Alessandro de ‘Medici and Emperor Charles V. Without forgetting one of the oldest residences, Villa Carreggi, a place of rest, but also economic center for the many agricultural activities that took place there. The Medici Villa of Poggio a Caiano is also splendid, with its luxuriant garden and terraced porch, which belonged to Lorenzo the Magnificent which hosted historical figures such as King Vittorio Emanuele II.

Today these residences are used for various purposes. Some, such as La Petraia, one of the most beautiful Medici villas especially for the position from which it overlooks the city of Florence, are part of the Florentine museum complex. While the villa of Cerreto Guidi houses the historical museum of hunting and the territory. Villa Poggio a Caiano is also a museum.
Others are seats of institutions such as Villa Castello, now home to the Accademia della Crusca; or the villa of Poggio Imperiale, renovated in neoclassical style, which houses a state school, or the Palazzo di Seravezza, home to the Museum of work and popular traditions of Versilia. Still others have been sold or entrusted to private individuals, who keep them for private use or have them used as a venue for events.

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