Grandi Giardini Italiani Srl

c/o Villa Erba
Largo Luchino Visconti, 4
22012 Cernobbio (COMO)

© Cristina Archinto

© Cristina Archinto

© Cristina Archinto

© Cristina Archinto


Parco Botanico di San Liberato

Bracciano, Rome

Giardino moderno
Wheelchair accessible
In the Name of the Rose

Ask Russell Page

The publishing house of Grandi Giardini Italiani, the network of the most beautiful gardens that can be visited in Italy, has created a new Garden Book dedicated to Parco Botanico di San Liberato written by Daniele Mongera.

A touching exploration 'behind the scenes' of the place and its vicissitudes, experienced with the intense feelings of the protagonists during the creation of one of the most extraordinary gardens of our time, with a selection of photographs taken by Donna Marella Caracciolo Agnelli.

How to reach

By car
From Higway A1 Milano-Roma, exit Magliano Sabina. Continue towards Civita Castellana and Nepi. Take Cassia Bis up to Trevignano and take the exit. Once in Bracciano take the lungolago (via Settevene-Palo) and turn left towards Trevignano. Once in Trevignano, continue along Settevene-Palo towards Bracciano for about 8 km (5 miles). After that, you will see on the right side the arch that leads to the Estate.


Ten long years of hard-working dedication and creative input, in constant dialogue with nature and dreams, allowed Count Donato Sanminiatelli, his wife Maria Odescalchi and the great landscape architect Russell Page to realise a dream and let other garden-lovers participate. In spring 1964 Page set foot in San Liberato for the first time. He remarked: ''I know of no other place that emanates such magic'' and accepted the task of making a small, great paradise even more magic with humility and enthusiasm. It is a true botanical garden containing species from all over the world which share this special, spectacular space. Canadian maples, Japanese cherries, liquidambar and parrotias thrive alongside camphoras, liriodendrons and nyssas which seem to catch fire in autumn.
Part of the garden is dedicated to acidophilous plants; collections of camellias, rhododendrons, scented Choysia ternata and black

San Liberato is first of all a Romanesque church of poignant beauty,
immersed in a secular chestnut wood which merges into the park. It is also a rose garden or rather an infinite gallery of roses in thousands of colors interrupted by a small stone fountain, home to water-lilies and frogs. The church and its belfry from 1000, watched over by an ancient fig and cypress, is enhanced by a bird's eye view over the opaline waters of Lake Bracciano and the conical profile of Rocca Romana. This kingdom of minute details and vast expanses, of light and shade, this crescendo of flowers and plants, leads the visitor into a secret world where every anxiety vanishes.

Russell Page

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