Quiet and nature anti-stress remedies. We are looking for gardens where to spend free time surrounded by trees and flowers
Work and daily routine weaken not only the body but especially the mind. Finding places to relax becomes essential to regenerate and to be able to face with new forces the “struggles” of every day. Reading a book in the open air, walking on the meadows, running through the trees or simply observing plants and flowers, are activities that improve our lives in every way.
Turismo Campano will guide you to discover the most beautiful gardens in Campania where you can rest and at the same time live beautiful emotions in close contact with nature.
Our region is rich in green oases, we have chosen for you some of the most important and fascinating, both in the most strictly naturalistic and historically – landscape point of view.
Parco Virgiliano – Napoli
From the top of the Headland of Posillipo, Parco Virgiliano dominates the Gulf of Naples. Its prime location allows you to enjoy breathtaking views. Placed on the most advanced rocky outcrop of the hill, it allows you to admire, walking or stopping, in one of the many belvedere enchanting places. Suffice it to say that its terraced structure allows you to observe, not only the coast of Posillipo and the Flegrea area from Pozzuoli to Cape Miseno, but even the whole of the Sorrentine Peninsula from Vesuvius to Sorrento. In the blue of the sea you will also see the islands of Capri, Procida, Ischia and Nisida. The park is much loved by Neapolitans precisely because it allows you to spend free time in the green breathing pure air, away from the noise and smog of the city. Inside you will find rich vegetation, characterized by centuries-old trees, such as holm oaks, olive trees and then oaks, pines, myrtle plants, rosemary and fillirea.
Spending a day immersed in the Mediterranean bush will undoubtedly be very pleasant, it is the ideal place to practice jogging or other sports, there are in fact a sports facility with a football field and an athletics track. There are a lot of bars and kiosks for refreshment. In short, a real oase of pleasure, to live alone, with the family or with your four-legged friend!
Address: Viale Virgilio – 80123 Napoli
Tel: 0817953613 | 08119706082
October 1 – April 30 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and until 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
May 1 – June 20 from 7 a.m. to 2 4 p.m.
June 21 – September 30 from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Orto Botanico di Napoli
Sometimes you don’t need to leave the city to dive into the greenery and surround yourself with plants of all species. This is what happens if you choose to visit the Botanical Garden of Naples. It is in fact located in the heart of the city, along the historic Via Foria and next to Palazzo Fuga. And it’s the proximity to the traffic and the city’s chaos that makes it a real fairytale place. The peace, the silence and the scents you will find inside will make you live a daydream. It is one of the largest and richest gardens in Italy. A true pearl for its immense heritage of herbaceous, arboreal and shrub species, from all over the world. Almost all the specimens of flowers existing on earth are admirable in this fairytale garden.
Your visit will follow thematic paths and gardens: desert plants, poisonous ones, beach plants, orchards, citrus fruits, Mediterranean, plants mentioned in the Bible, are just some of the paths you can take. Greenhouses at different temperatures and other historical structures, now used as museum and exhibition venues, will allow you to admire plant species of every place on earth but also from past eras. A journey into the heart of nature that is truly unmissable.
Open to the public Monday to Friday with the following times: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To visit it, you need to call (-39) 081-2533937, leaving your last name and specifying the number of people who will visit the Garden. This can also be done on the same day of the visit.
Important: on public holidays the Garden is closed.
Giardino segreto di Airola – Benevento
Il Giardino Segreto Airola is born from the dreamlike vision of its creator, the architect Giovanni Ianniello. A veritable terrestrial paradise, with its fourteen thousand square meters of extension, the garden welcomes about 16,000 plants and 300 animals from 53 countries. In the heart of Sannio, just a few kilometres from Benevento, you can visit a truly amazing place. Both animal and plant species are collected in thematic areas that reproduce seven types of garden: the Japanese garden, the Chinese, the English, the Australian (unique in Italy), the Mediterranean, the dry, the tropical and the aromatic herbs. The organization of the garden is constantly evolving, many new things in the pipeline, but it already represents now a unicum for passion and attention to detail. You can’t miss this opportunity to admire exotic animals up close and spend a day in a fairytale garden. It’s also ideal for kids.
Address: Via Lavatoio, 38 – Airola (BN)
Opening times: Saturday and Sunday is open to the public; . Sunday opening: 3pm (winter) – 6pm summer – 5pm (spring and autumn) or by reservation. Closed from January to mid-March.
Price: 5.00 euros including guided tour
Giardini la Mortella – Ischia
The island of Ischia is home of one of the most distinctive gardens of the whole peninsula. The Mortella is undoubtedly a wonderful and indispensable place for those who are looking for quiet and beauty. It is divided into two parts: a lower garden, in the so-called Valley, and an upper garden on the Hill, characterized by terraces with dry walls. Really vast the amount of exotic and rare plants included in this garden that extends over 2 hectares. It is now recognized by all the experts in the field its value, for variety and richness of the collections present, enough to consider La Mortella a kind of real botanical garden. The gardens were created in the late 1950s at the behest of the noblewoman Susana Walton, wife of the English composer Sir William Walton. In addition to the stunning views of the beautiful Bay of Forio, there are some corners of the gardens: for example, the three tropical greenhouses, the ‘Victoria House’, where the Amazonian Victoria, the Temple of the Sun and the Orchid’s Greenhouse are cultivated, where it can be admire the Miltassia Lady Susana Walton, a new orchid hybrid named after the creator of this lovely place. At first we talked about the search for peace and in fact in the most hidden area of the garden you will find the Thai Hall, a place dedicated to meditation and solitude, which takes up the structure of Thai temples.
Address: Via Francesco Calise, 45 80075, Forio d’Ischia (NA)
Garden entrance: 12.00 – Entire
Opening Days: Tuesday-Thursday – Sunday
Opening times: 9am-7pm
tel: .39 081-986220
Il Giardino della Minerva – Salerno
Let’s finish our short guide with Il Giardino della Minerva. A corner of peace and beauty that stands out on the top of the old town of Salerno. It was created in the 18th century by Dr. Matteo Silvatico, a well-known physician of the illustrious Scuola Medica Salernitana, the oldest medical University in the world. And it is precisely the connection with the historic University that has characterized the structure of this garden, which is one of the very first examples of a botanical garden. The original idea and the impression you will still have today is that of an educational space where doctors taught students to recognize the “semplici”, that are the plants used to treat diseases. In fact, there are many references to the healing value of the plants and herbs present. Rare and exotic species, all united by their medicinal properties. Many of these were already known in the Middle Ages and it is precisely from this era that you can admire some recently painted tiles during excavation operations. A breathtaking view of the entire Gulf of Salerno helps make this paradise a timeless eden. Don’t miss the opportunity to sip one of the herbal teas made with the plants of the garden, in the characteristic herbal tea house overlooking the sea.
Address: Via Ferrante Sanseverino
info : 39 089.252423 www.giardinodellaminerva.it