The Gardens of Villa della Pergola are part of the Garden Route Italia project.
Promoted by APGI and Ales and supported by MiBACT, it aims to achieve a national organic design for the development of garden tourism through the preparation of local and interregional itineraries, in order to systematize the vast Italian landscape heritage "
The portal, constantly updated, presents a detailed description for each park inserted, as well as a series of thematic and topographical routes that wind from north to south through almost all the Italian regions: for example, there is an itinerary dedicated to Goethe - the first of a series that will be dedicated to great travelers - one on the labyrinths, a tour of the royal gardens, a path on the "feminine" gardens and so on, following the three major themes of art, nature and landscape.
The selection of the gardens takes into account a set of factors, including historical, artistic and botanical interest, the integrity of the relationship with the landscape, hospitality, care and maintenance in compliance with environmental quality
“We want to focus a lot on the development of gardens, so that the Italian ones can once again become a world reference: synonymous with beauty and art. As soon as this pandemic passes we want the gardens to be lived in forever, every day. So that the community can re-appropriate a unique heritage that spreads historical knowledge and environmental awareness. A resource to strengthen the territories, especially following the pandemic, in line with the strategic guidelines on tourism ", states the Undersecretary for Tourism of Mibact Lorenza Bonaccorsi"
The project aims to restore the centrality of the country's green heritage, long defined as the 'Garden of Europe' for the beauty of its landscapes dotted with mansions, castles and gardens.
Our parks are a link between architecture and landscape, between nature and culture, between monumental heritage and productive vocations. They are therefore fundamental assets for development initiatives on a territorial scale, in accordance with the provisions of the strategic tourism plan.
The guide maps over 200 gardens suggesting numerous itineraries to discover this extraordinary green universe.
"Our goal is not to offer a simple showcase, but to create a real culture of greenery, revealing the world of gardens in all its complexity: not only historical and monumental gardens, but also botanical gardens, private collections, contemporary parks. As long as they can be visited ”, explains Giuseppe La Mastra, APGI coordinator and one of the creators of the Garden Route project.