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Ninfa Gardens wheelchair users accessible tours.

 

This is the story of one of Italy's Ninfa Gardens wheelchair users accessible tours most beautiful gardens, how it almost disappeared and was rescued by women of three successive generations who fell in love with it.

It's also the story of a man who was chosen as a boy to guide the gardens into the future.

In the beginning, it wasn't a gardens at all.

Instead, Ninfa was a town, one that has been referred to as the medieval Pompeii.

In 1297 Pope Boniface VIII, the patriarch of the Caetani Family, gave Ninfa to his nephew Pietro.

Eighty years later there was a civil war in the church, with the Caetani Family on the losing side.

As an act of revenge, the victorious pope, Clement VII, destroyed the town.

Ninfa lay abandoned for six centuries, its churches, castles, and houses open to the elements.

Then, in 1920, Onorato Caetani married English aristocrat Ada Wilbraham.

As soon as she set eyes on Ninfa she made it her life's mission to restore it.

An artist, Ada would paint magnificent visions of the ruined castles and palazzi of Ninfa surrounded by plants and in harmony with the natural environment.

She showed her canvases to the gardeners, who would try and re-create the pictures in nature.

When Ada died in 1934, her second son, Prince Roffredo, and his Boston-born wife, Maurgerite Chapin, continued to try to bring to life his mother's visions for the gardens.

The Ninfa Gardens wheelchair users accessible tours landscape is dotted with archaeological treasures, a bridge and seven churches from Roman times; a castle, a town hall, and city walls from medieval times, all in a state of arrested decay.

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