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Botanical Gardens of San Liberato


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A garden on Lake Bracciano in the province of Rome. A jewel set on the shore of one of the most beautiful green niches near a large city. A place where the garden, all that is Green, is the center of attention: it has been thought out, designed, and created in such a way that everything revolves around it. Today, San Liberato is a Mediterranean garden albeit with that typical Anglo-Saxon influence, dear to the man who imagined and created it, like the landscape which grows around it and which is well-suited to its space. The Botanical Gardens of San Liberato cover an area surrounding the nucleus of the Church, the Villa, and rural buildings, for a total of 5 hectares. The result which we can admire today was obtained during a period of around 15 years (from 1964 to 1979) as a result of the passion of Count Donato Sanminiatelli, art historian as well as prodigious gardener, and his consort Countess Maria Odescalchi. They decided to construct their country residence here. Up until that time, San Liberato was only a painfully touching little Romanesque church, lying amongst a field of wheat, grapevines, and centuries-old olive trees overlooking Lake Bracciano. Surrounding this, chestnut groves as far as the eye could see, planted in the 16th century by their ancestors, as if to provide a setting for this historical jewel. Following restoration of the little Church and the construction of the house in typical Roman style, the Count and Countess entrusted the modelling of the landscape and the design of the garden to the great English landscape artist Russell Page.

The garden of San Liberato opens to the public on Saturday and on Sunday from the first of April until the end of November.

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