Garden tour at Parco Giardino Sigurtà

Parco Giardino Sigurtà at Mincio, Italy

Parco Giardino Sigurtà at Mincio, Italy

Garden tour at Parco Giardino Sigurtà at Mincio, Italy

It was a cold rainy day touring a garden in Northern Italy when most of the trees, shrubs and most plants are almost in their hibernation state, but a group of travel bloggers were invited to tour the gardens of Parco Giardino Sigurtà at Valeggio in Northern Italy as part of the trip to the region. A long time fan of private estate gardens and botanical gardens, I was looking forward to a diversion from the abundant historic cities and towns, palaces and rich landscapes of the region.

This historic garden started originally as a farm and estate since the 1600s was later converted into modern botanical garden in 1978. With over 600,000 square meters of land, the park is vast and has many garden rooms including: an oriental garden,green maze, hermitage, rose garden, 18 ornamental ponds, and thousands of topiary and nature formed trees that accent the trails, roads and landscape around the park.

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Botanical garden in the Lake Garda area of Mincio, Italy

Botanical garden in the Lake Garda area of Mincio, Italy

 

The botanical garden is so large that there is a train shuttle that covers most of the grounds along with the perimeter areas with stunning views of the landscape below the gardens. It was a perfect option since the rain just started to come down on this dreary morning. You can also rent bicycles or golf carts around the park if you prefer not to walk around the huge park.

 

 

Water scape and castle at Parco Giardino Sigurtà

Water scape and castle at Parco Giardino Sigurtà

 

 

The water gardens and framed views to the main castle beyond called villa Maffei borders the edge of the botanical garden add a nice medieval detail to the scenery.  Overlooking the towns or Valeggio along the Mincio river, the scene is radiant even on a rainy morning and I loved walking around and taking pictures of this idyllic scene.  Purple water lilies peek out from water garden and adding a last hint of color before the winter approaches and the Mincio region.

 

 

Landscape and views of Mincio region and valley from Parco Giardino Sigurtà

Landscape and views of Mincio region and valley from Parco Giardino Sigurtà

 

 

 

A gorgeous tree lined walkway at Parco Giardino Sigurtà

A gorgeous tree-lined walkway at Parco Giardino Sigurtà

 

 

 

 

Trees and colorful blooms at Parco Giardino Sigurtà

Trees and colorful blooms at Parco Giardino Sigurtà

 

 

 

Colorful dahlias at Parco Giardino Sigurtà, Italy

Colorful dahlias at Parco Giardino Sigurtà, Italy

 

In in the early winter, the park volunteers and gardeners continue to keep up and infuse winter color into the gardens for year-round visits of this vast botanical garden. Large stands of dahlias and lush impatiens blanket the landscape around the entrance and in many green areas of the park. It really makes for some magnificent garden views with beautiful views, don’t you agree?

 

 

 

Last colorful winter blooms at Parco Giardino Sigurtà  in Mincio

Last colorful winter blooms at Parco Giardino Sigurtà in Mincio

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn colors at the botanical gardens at Parco Giardino Sigurtà

Autumn colors at the botanical gardens at Parco Giardino Sigurtà

 

 

 

 

There are over 18 ponds and water gardens in the park with scenic views to the gardens and beyond. The saturated grays of the cloudy skies still made the waterscape beautiful to admire and photograph like the image below with the large papyrus in the pond.

 

Papyrus at the water garden in Mincio, Italy

Papyrus at the water garden in Mincio, Italy

 

 

 

Here’s a last view of the scenic valley views out to the region of Mincio, in northern Italy close to Lake Garda. Even on a wet and cloudy day, the views are still breath-taking don’t you think?

 

Valley views of Mincio and the Mincio river on a rainy morning

Valley views of Mincio and the Mincio river on a rainy morning

 

If you go:

You can rent a bicycle or golf cart to  tour the grounds or you can also take a train shuttle covering most of the key gardens in the park.

Train shuttle is 4.90 Eur for adults and 3.90 Eur for children (3-14)

There are also many nature and panoramic trails if you decide to walk around the park area

Hours are 9am to 6pm

Entrance is 12 Eur for adults, 8.50 Eur for seniors and 6 Eur for children (5-14)

Address: via Cavour 1, Valeggio sul Mincio (province of Verona). For more details on the park, check their main website here.

Thanks for joining me for a Garden tour at Parco Giardino Sigurtà in Mincio, Italy, I hope you enjoyed the tour. Please do share this post with any of the social media buttons around the site with your friends if you love gardens like this. I would like to thank Parco Giardino Sigurtà for the wonderful tour and our organizer Lorenzo Bonoldi for the amazing tour of the area.

 

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15 Responses to Garden tour at Parco Giardino Sigurtà

  1. Gregg Burks May 29, 2015 at 8:02 am #

    Wow. What a beautiful, gorgeous landscape. I sure won’t mind taking my skateboard there and touring the garden myself. And I don’t know, but something about the place seems magical. Or maybe it’s just the Disney movies and historical film buff in me talking. But really, I’m just dying to come check it out. Maybe next year.

  2. andrea April 15, 2015 at 9:17 pm #

    beautiful! I know this garden very well, it’s great for a day trip from venice! great pictures, congrats, ciao Andrea

  3. Rahman @ Iran Travel Blog March 22, 2015 at 10:14 am #

    The tree-lined walkway at Parco Giardino Sigurtà reminds me of Persian garden planning where tall trees cast shade on a pathway.

  4. alison abbott March 15, 2015 at 8:16 am #

    The lighting made for a very dreamy group of photos Noel, especially the bottom of the Mincio river. The papyrus in the water garden is so lush, mine doesn’t quite have the same feel in the little pond i’ve created. : )

  5. Paul (@luxury__travel) March 14, 2015 at 2:05 pm #

    What beautiful gardens. Nice to see that they can still maintain plenty of colour through the winter months. Looks to be beautifully maintained – there must be quite a number of people involved in the upkeep to ensure it retains such a pristine look.

  6. Andy March 14, 2015 at 10:46 am #

    Beautiful photos as per usual Noel – amazing that such a vast property is in private hands. Even better that they allow visitors too, it looks stunning. Love the fact that there is a shuttle to get around as well 🙂

  7. Kathryn Burrington March 14, 2015 at 5:22 am #

    What a lovely place to explore and photograph. Particularly love your shot of the path through the pines – gorgeous shot!

  8. anna parker March 14, 2015 at 3:46 am #

    I agree – often on trips we spend so long looking at architecture that it is not always possible to spend some quiet time enjoying a bit of nature! This garden looks so relaxing and sweet smelling even in Autumn, in the summer the scents must be incredible!

  9. Paula McInerney March 13, 2015 at 3:47 pm #

    Beautiful. I love gardens. They have such varied textures, colours and smells.

  10. Muza-chan March 13, 2015 at 12:56 am #

    Beautiful place..

  11. Moon March 12, 2015 at 8:54 am #

    Beautiful garden shots and I love the walkway the most 🙂

  12. Carrie March 12, 2015 at 8:14 am #

    What a beautiful spot! What is the closest biggest city?

    • Noel March 12, 2015 at 8:27 am #

      It is close to Lake Garda and Peschiera, the town I posted about earier

  13. Corinne March 11, 2015 at 10:56 pm #

    Noel, Gorgeous shots as always…I love a good garden!

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