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Giardino dell'Impossibile

Favignana, Trapani

Coffee house & Restaurant
Eco friendly
Overnight stay

History

If it is true that gardens are the fruit of the obstinacy of those who create them, a place of honour should go to this garden, developed in successive stages over sixty years on barren, stony land, not in the least suitable for growing plants. The place is completely out of the ordinary, in the area leading to the most beautiful beaches on the island of Favignana, and the willpower of its owner, Maria Gabriella Campo, is equally out of the ordinary. Between 1960 and 1980 she created the first nucleus of the garden around the manor house, later extended with the purchase of neighbouring land which had been used for centuries as pirrere, quarries for the extraction of tufa.
These had been abandoned in the 1970s and subsequently used for dumping. The new owners undertook the superhuman task of reclamation and providing safety measures. The present garden, four hectares boasting 500 different plant species, was thus born, challenging the taunts of those who obstinately maintained that it would have been impossible to cultivate a garden in such a badly treated, structureless place.
On the contrary, the restoration of the quarries has resulted in a unique, spectacular landscape of areas interlinked by paths and passages, all below ground level. Thus the Impossible Garden became possible, wedding the vestiges of an archaeological industrial site with living, colourful collections of hibiscus, scented frangipani, waterlilies and pelargoniums. Pergolas, fountains and a pool for aquatic plants have all been created with total respect for the territory and the memory of an activity of great economic importance for Favignana. Throughout the four hectares the luxuriant vegetation demonstrates the power of plants in the Mediterranean climate and the determination to bring impossible dreams to life.
The Impossible Garden offers guided tours to the public since 2003.
Information
Opening hours
Season 2022
From May to November, guided tours by appointment in three hourly shifts, every day from Monday to Saturday.
Morning shift, in Italian and English languages (10:00 and 11:30)
Afternoon shift, in Italian only (16:00, except in July and August 17:00).

Please note: for the whole month of May only visits in the 11:30 am shift

The duration of the visit is approximately one hour and 30 minutes.

For groups (travel agencies, etc.) please write to: info@giardinodellimpossibile.it
Entrance
Tour guided
Adults: € 15.00
Children (up to 11 years): free
FAI members, Apgi, journalists: € 10.00
Contact us
Strada Comunale Corso, 10
91023 Favignana (TP)
T. +39 0923 921501
M. +39 333 4136673 (dalle ore 09:00 alle ore 20:00)
www.giardinodellimpossibile.it

La tenuta include inoltre “Villa Margherita boutique houses”, un complesso di piccole dimore indipendenti immerse nel cuore del Giardino
Info e prenotazioni:
M. +39 331 4601817 (Booking)
prenotazioni@villamargherita.it

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