Gardens

The gardens at Civitella Ranieri are open to the public BY APPOINTMENT.  If you would like to visit the gardens you must register at least one week in advance by writing to: diego@civitella.org.   As we work with a very small staff, lead time to arrange a visit is appreciated.  Group visits cannot exceed 20 people, and the suggested donation per visitor is 10 euro.

 

What you will see:  The tour will begin with a visit to the outdoor dining area, a gazebo designed with lavender, wisteria, jasmine and Virginia creeper. The secret garden on the site of the old 'orto' will be next, which includes terraces where the slopes have been planted as borders with perennial plants and shrubs including roses.  The most recent planting has given emphasis to English and Classic roses as well as to Mediterranean plants, especially those that are aromatic. 

 

There are two examples of raised beds at Civitella: a two tiered brick structure (nicknamed 'ara pacis' which contains the kitchen herbs on the edge of the Gazebo garden), and  the main vegetable garden that has been laid out in the Medieval Monastic style. While much of the planting of the garden is recent, most of the structure and relationship between the gardens within the castle walls remains, for the most part, unchanged since the early part of the 19th century.


There is a particularly fine terrace above the Secret Garden that owes its grandeur to a line of old and beautiful  Holm Oaks (Quercus Ilex). Other noteworthy trees that are testimony to the grand planting scheme of an earlier age are the Cypresses and Sequoias that give presence as backdrop to the Gazebo garden, and the solitary Cedar of Lebanon which towers majestically over the lower part of the Secret Garden.

 

Much of the beauty of the gardens is due to staff members Maurizio and Ennio who thoughtfully maintain the grounds.