Once Italy had been united in 1860, the robust defences near the Lama river – with the Mediaeval tower, the castle, the country house – were able to be embellished by the addition of graceful gardens. Planned and realised between 1875 and 1890 by the great German botanist and landscape gardener Ludwig Winter, the park testifies to his passion for palm trees of various kinds. One can admire two rare exemplars of Jubaea spectabilis, numerous Phoenix canariensis and Ph. dactilifera, the silvery-blue Heritea armata, some monumental Washingtonia filifera, as well as Chamaerops humilis and groups of Yucca gloriosa and Cordyline australis.
This park has the distinction of being the first historical garden in Italy to undergo bio-energetic measurements over large areas. The electromagnetic readings were conducted for a period of two years. Strolling through an enchanting natural landscape and stopping to rest in tranquil and calming areas, visitors can enjoy an itinerary that offers them the possibility of testing the different beneficial effects of various kinds of plants. Some of these are native to the landscape of the Marches area, such as the Red Beech and Oak. Others, particularly around the quiet lake, have oriental origins: the golden Ginkgo biloba, the Japanese Prunus rosa, messenger of springtime because it is the first to blossom, a delicate Taxodium disticum and a Sophora japonica ‘Pendula'. Within the lake itself grow various waterlilies and white lotus flowers.
The essences obtained from palm trees, olive trees and some ancient orange trees growing in the garden are used to produce a silky and delicately perfumed Body Oil, which is part of the ''Borgo Storico Natural Beauty.'' In addition in the Al Borgo Restaurant, also thanks to the vegetable plant and spices, you can taste special recipes with spring flowers and herbs.