The Garden

What was once the vegetable garden of the Benedictine monks is now the only Italian-style monumental garden in Liguria that extends over two levels.


On the lower level, hedges of boxwood (Buxus Sempervirens L.) are skilfully trimmed into ornate geometric designs in the form of cones and stepped cones, thus creating an important example of topiary art. These hedges surround a 17th-century marble fountain in the form of a putto. The plants placed against the walls or arranged along the borders of the garden are an integral part of it, as are the grapevines on the antique arbours. The various species of flora include colourful bird-of-paradise flowers, citrus trees, pine trees, a centuries-old pink pepper tree and the extremely rare pink caper (Capparis Spinosa L.).


On the eastern side of the lower garden, there is an enormous arbour covered with a wisteria that is centuries old (Wisteria Sinesis L.). This plant, which originally came from China, has found the terraces to be the ideal place to grow, as can be gathered from the massiveness of its trunks.


The upper level of the garden is distinguished by columns covered with Rhynchospermum jasminoides L. (the modern name is Trachelospermum jasminoides L.), which is one of most interesting botanical features in the complex.



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