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In the name of the rose

Discover with us the most beautiful rose gardens created in Italy!

To the rose the queen among the flowers that has always marked the most romantic moments of life, Grandi Giardini Italiani, the network of the most beautiful gardens that can be visited in Italy, dedicates an itinerary In Nome della Rosa.

Grandi Giardini Italiani promotes each year for the months of May and June the visit of gardens selected by its circuit, as an opportunity to learn or rediscover important collections of old roses.

In Nome della Rosa is an itinerary that winds along the entire peninsula and leads to the discovery of gardens that have within them important collections that draw labyrinths, like that of the Castello delle Rose di Cordovado (Cordovado, PN), flowery avenues, like the Viale di Rose of the Parco Giardino Sigurtà (Vialeggio sul Mincio, VR), or in the shape of an angel's wing, like the Roseto Vacunae Rosae (Roccantica, RI), to name a few .

A special invitation to discover the romantic and extraordinary rose blooms inside the circuit of the ''Great Italian Gardens'', following the cycle of rose blooms, different according to the regions.
Starting from Northern Italy, in Piemonte, rose collections adorn the enchanting Giardini Botanici di Villa Taranto of the Scottish captain Neil Mc.Eacharn in Verbania, while the Gardens of the Royal Palace of Venaria Reale host a charming rose garden with large ''cushions'' of re-blooming roses. Moving to Biella give a breathtaking view of the monocromatic hedges of flowering roses that meander through the borders of box hedges in the garden of Palazzo Gromo Losa. The garden was born in 2007 at the behest of a private patron, Emanuele Rosa, on a project by the landscape architect Ermanno Pozzi, who reorganized the external spaces of the Palace, once intended by the Rosminiane Sisters to outdoor activities, in a charming Italian-style garden inspired by that of Villa Gamberaia (Settignano, FI). Exceptional view from above on the garden that has a terrace of the Palace.
In Liguria it is worth visiting the charming rose garden dedicated to the actress Virna Lisi kept inside the garden of Villa Durazzo (S. Margherita Ligure, GE) overlooking the splendid Gulf of Tigullio. Descending towards Alassio, in the province of Savona, in the Gardens of Villa della Pergola, famous for the important collections of wisteria and agapants, there is a spectacular pergola of rose banksiae that unites the different levels of the park.
In Lombardia roses with their perfumes and colors adorn several gardens of the Network. Starting from the gentle waters of Lake Como, the spectacle that gives the magnificent collection of climbing roses of Villa Pizzo that meanders along the lakeside promenade is enchanting. In Tremezzina, in the majestic Villa Carlotta, we find beautiful specimens of climbing roses, some very old, in the area of ​​the five terraces, full of geometric flowerbeds, small fish ponds, niches and fountains, the area celebrated by the French writer Gustave Flaubert, during his stay on Lake Como, in the spring of 1845. In Varenna, on the Lecco shores of Lake Como, do not miss the collection of rose banksiae, a climbing plant, native to China, without thorns, very vigorous that it can reach up to 15 meters.
Continuing in the Como hinterland to Vertemate con Minoprio in the Botanical Park of the Minoprio Foundation you can see about 70 varieties of ground cover and shrub roses, while at the Parco della Villa Reale di Monza the Roseto ''Niso Fumagalli'' should not be missed. . Designed by the architects Francesco Clerici and Vittorio Faglia, where there was one of the formal gardens adjacent to the archducal residence, the rose garden has a pond and enchanting paths among the specimens of the collection. It also hosts the International Rose Competition, with a special prize for the most fragrant.
In the heart of Milan, the Botanical Garden of the University of Brera has seen its historical-naturalistic heritage enrich with the presence of the «Rosa di Brera last year. Symbol of Palazzo Brera, the Rosa di Brera® is a new hybrid created by the historic nursery Rose Barni, from 1882 Rose d'Autore in Pistoia, in Tuscany, on the idea of ​​James Bradburne, Director General of the Pinacoteca di Brera, in collaboration with the Associazione Orticola di Lombardia.
In Casalzuigno, in the province of Varese, do not miss the Giardino delle Rose of Villa della Porta Bozzolo-FAI which houses a collection of over 500 different varieties of rose, planted on the terraces of the orchard and today also in side parterre of the staircase. The eighteenth-century set up respects the documents found in the archive of the Della Porta family and in spring gives flowers of great effect.
In the province of Brescia, in San Felice del Benaco, in the elegant gardens of Isola del Garda are grown rose roses of China, rose Lady Hillingdon and rose Yellow Banksia.
In Trentino Alto Adige, in the Gardens of Castel Trauttamnsdorff in Merano, in provicnia of Bolzano, from early May 20 varieties of roses welcome visitors in the pergola that accompanies them at the entrance to the Gardens. Here you can admire the climbing roses such as the enchanting Rosa moderna ''Pierre de Ronsard'', with its fragrant flowers, stradoppi and with the appearance of an ancient rose, and again the Rosa ''Modern Times'', with the its flamboyant color that goes from golden yellow to vermilion orange. Moving to the province of Trento, instead, in Ronzone, the Giardino della Rosa contains a rich collection of the main groups of roses, in bloom since mid-June. Nestled in the meadows of Alta Val di Non, the Garden offers a breathtaking view of the vast landscape and the mountains of Alta Anaunia as far as the Adamello Brenta park and the Maddalene chain.
In Friuli Venezia Giulia the Castello delle Rose di Corvovado in Cordovado, in the province of Pordenone, is famous for its sun-shaped labyrinth composed of damask rose plants, where you can get lost walking through intoxicating scents, immersed in the light , in the colors and extraordinary energy of roses.
In Veneto it is the Viale delle Rose of the Parco Giardino Sigurtà, with its over 30,000 flowering roses, to enchant the visitor with its charm. Moving from the province of Verona to that of Padua, and more precisely to Due Carrare, at the Castello di San Pelagio in May we can admire a beautiful flowering of roses: there are about [about 1000 of over 200 varieties.
Splendid specimens of this incredible flower can also be admired at the Botanical Garden of Padua, the oldest university botanical garden, founded in 1545 and still located in its original location. It currently covers a surface of almost 22 thousand square meters and contains over 6 thousand cultivated plants.
In Emilia Romagna in Tredozio, the invitation is to discover the secret Italian garden of Palazzo Fantini. Raised above the floor of the house, it is accessible only by a long staircase along a large wall of support and consists of various sectors that lie on the hill and uphill. Designed in the 19th century, it recalls the classic themes of the time: the secret alleys, the fountain with water lilies, the precise geometries of the hedges, the topiary boxwoods, the flowerbeds of old roses with stachis lanata and flower borders ''outmoded'' like dahlias and begonias, iris and lantane.
A collection of roses also adorns the park of Villa La Babina (Sasso Morelli Imola, BO), today the headquarters of the Centro Direzionale of CLAI. The current layout of the landscaped garden presents the characteristics of the nineteenth-century parks of the noble residences of the Bolognese plain.
In Imola, in the small and refined 18th century garden of Villa Pasolini Dall'Onda, Maria Pasolini Ponti, a scholar of the history of Italian gardens, at the end of the nineteenth century she created a parterre of old roses, modern roses and little Bengal roses. , to take your breath away.
Bushes of roses adorn the Giardino di Palazzo di Varignana, born from the project of the landscape artist Antonio Perazzi, who created a garden from nothing in which countryside, nature and formal features merge with irresistible spontaneity.
In the Park of the Grazzano Visconti Castle (Grazzano Visconti, PC) the choice of plants was aimed at obtaining a permanent architectural effect: so many evergreens, such as cypresses, pines, holm oaks, badgers and myrtle and box bushes. Among the flowers, almost only roses, bright colors and delicate perfume.
In Toscana in Florence at Giardino Bardini, on the other hand, along the scenic baroque stairway, the bourboniane roses were planted.
In Settignano, just outside the city that gave birth to Dante, the Giardino di Villa Gamberaia is famous for its parterre d'eau , with colorful plantations of roses, irises and oleanders along the pools. It was wanted by the Romanian princess Catherine Jeanne Ghyka, who bought the Villa in 1896, in place of the deteriorated 18th century parterre. In the cabinet de rocaille , located along the transversal axis of 105 meters, at the intersection with the main one, there are espaliers of rose Albértine, an old famous rose, sarmentosa, with beautiful glossy green leaves, burnished with coppery tones, whose vigorous branches are endowed with large hooked spines.
In the Marche, Historical Park of the Borgo Seghetti Panichi in Castel di Lama, designed by the famous botanist Ludwig Winter in 1870, it collects a great variety of botanical species, coming from all over the world, creating a real its ecological habitat, among which the splendid rose gardens stand out.
In Lazio a Palazzo Patrizi in Bracciano, in the province of Rome, hundreds of old roses, among which are left in the memory magnificent specimens of Albértine Barbier (variety of 1821), Blu Magenta (1900) , Sweet Juliette (from 1989), climb up the old walls with amazing results. An enchanted casket born for the passion and desire of the marquise Umberta Patrizi Montoro, who also signs the design of the gardens that, in Canale Monterano, surround the Terme di Stigliano: a real botanical park, in which plants harmoniously coexist tropical, myrtle and ancient roses.
A few kilometers away is the Parco Botanico di San Liberato, which preserves in the chestnut wood a romanic church of poignant beauty, it hosts a rose garden or, better, a infinite gallery of roses in a thousand shades, interrupted and resumed by a small stone fountain, cradle and bed of water lilies and frogs.
Moving on the Roman coast to Tor San Lorenzo in the beautiful Gardens of the Landriana, designed by Lavinia Taverna and Russell Page, walk the famous Viale delle Rose that leads room after room to the Valley of Ancient Roses, where a myriad of fragrant roses grow in free-form flowerbeds, edged with lavender, timi and nepeta. The colors range from pure white to every shade of pink and crimson. When the roses take their mid-summer rest, so many flowering shrubs of Pavonia rosea arise between them.
In Tivoli, in the imposing Renaissance garden that surrounds the Villa d'Este, more than 350 varieties of roses are grown, many of which are in evidence, others more distant from the most important lines of the garden.
In Roccantica, in the province of Rieti, there is the Roseto Vacunae Rosae, the first rose garden in the world with over 5,000 roses of different varieties, whose shape refers to the wing of an immortalized angel at the moment when, stretched out on the cold and bare earth, with its divine touch it makes it reborn in an explosion of perfumes and colored shades.

In Campania, at the Reggia di Caserta, since 2008, the Roseto storico of the Giardino Inglese has returned to its former glory, reconstituted through a long research work on the nineteenth-century catalogs of the Caserta archives. Large rose beds of the rose gardens of Park's Yellow, adorn the Fontana Margherita, located on the first driveway.

In Sicilia at the Giardino del Biviere, a wonderful example of a Mediterranean-exotic garden, there are ancient roses climbing to yucca specimens. Born for the botanical love and passion of the last owners, the Giardino del Biviere occupies a vast depression between the plain of Catania and the northern slopes of the Iblei mountains, west of the Ionian Sea.

In the sixty hectares owned by the Marquis of San Giuliano, whose area is almost entirely cultivated with citrus groves, four hectares, since 1974, are dedicated to gardens. Today it presents itself to the visitor in its original appearance, given in the nineties by the landscape artist Oliva di Collobiano, who has here recreated the so-called Giardinetto: a space divided into four gardens including a Mediterranean garden that combines roses and grapefruits.
Gardens with collections of roses
During May and June Grandi Giardini Italiani suggests you to visit charming rose gardens like...

Giardini Botanici di Villa Taranto (Pallanza, VB)
Giardini della Reggia della Venaria Reale (Venaria Reale, TO)
Palazzo Gromo Losa (Biella)

Villa Durazzo (S. Margherita Ligure, GE)
Giardini di Villa della Pergola (Alassio, SV)

Villa Pizzo (Cernobbio, CO)
Parco Botanico della Fondazione Minoprio (Vertemate, CO)
Villa Carlotta
(Tremezzina, CO)
Villa Monastro (Varenna, LC)
Parco della Villa Reale di Monza - ReGis (MB)
Orto Botanico di Brera dell'Università degli Studi di Milano (Milano)
Villa della Porta Bozzolo – FAI (Casalzuigno, VA)
Isola del Garda (San Felice del Benaco, BS)

Trentino Alto Adige
Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff (Merano, BZ)
Giardino della Rosa (Ronzone, TN)

Friuli Venezia Giulia
Castello delle Rose di Cordovado (Cordovado, PN)

Parco Giardino Sigurtà (Valeggio sul Mincio, VR)
Castello di San Pelagio (Due Carrare, PD)
Orto Botanico di Padova (Padova, PD)

Emilia Romagna
Palazzo Fantini (Tredozio, FC)
Villa La Babina (Sasso Morelli, BO)
Villa Montericco Pasolini dall'Onda (Imola, BO)
Giardino di Palazzo di Varignana
Castello di Grazzano Visconti (Grazzano Visconti, PC)

Giardino Bardini (Firenze)
Giardino di Villa Gamberaia (Settignano, FI)

Parco Storico Seghetti Panichi (Castel di Lama, AP)

Palazzo Patrizi (Bracciano, Roma)
Parco Botanico di San Liberato (Bracciano, Roma)
Giardini Botanici di Stigliano (Canale Monterano, Roma)
Giardini della Landriana (Ardea, Roma)
Roseto Vacunae Rosae (Roccantica, RI)
Villa d'Este a Tivoli (Tivoli, Roma)

Reggia di Caserta (Caserta)

Il Giardino del Biviere (Lentini, SR)
Le Stanze in Fiore di Canalicchio (Catania)
Giardino di San Giuliano (Villasmundo Melilli, SR)
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Rose: historical notes
Roses were already cultivated by the Babylonian king Sargon (ca. 2350-2300 BC) in ancient Persia, in Egypt roses were the subject of extensive culture (since 3000 BC) to be exported to Rome, where they were used for the extraction of scent oil, for garlands, and to create special effects during the feasts.

The first scientific descriptions of a rose dates back to Theophrastus (382-287 BC), and subsequently to Plinio il Vecchio (pre-79 AD), who described them in his Historia naturalis indicating Lazio and Campania as the best Italian cultivation areas.

Although the rose was grown primarily for commercial purposes, it is known that in Rome, Pompeii and Herculaneum, existed the ''rosaria'', specialized gardens of roses, which harbored hybrids of Rosa alba ( ' Maxima ',' Plena ' and ' semiplena '). The Rosa alba is one of the oldest garden roses we know.

The Rosa gallica 'officinalis' was officially introduced in France from the Middle East during the Crusades (sec. XIII), where it became an important medicinal plant and from where it was spread to other countries of the world. The Rosa gallica 'officinalis' was cultivated in monasteries for many centuries: it is among the old roses the one who provided the intense pink-crimson in all hybrids derived from it.

The damascena rose has heterogeneous characters, it is caracterized by a slight re-flowering in autumn, it has an intense scent, and it has a Middle-Eastern origin. The damascena rose was introduced in France during the Crusades, and in the other European countries during the the sixteenth century.

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