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Ninfa's Oasis

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It's not actually a natural park. Its name (oasis) evokes a smaller site and it is exactly one of the most romantic garden in the world. Oasi di Ninfa has been appreciated by the ancient Romans. They built a temple dedicated to nymphs on the shore of the small lake. In the medieval period, the Oasi di Ninfa beauties were strictly defended from the Norman and Saracen invasions. Ninfa become a little town with its own churches and towers. In one of its churches Rolando da Siena was crowned as Pope Alexander III on 1159. For this reason Frederick Redbeard destroyed Ninfa after 8 years. It was rebuilt at the end of XIII century by the Caetanis, a Roman noble family. Caetani's family decided to turn Ninfa in a place of rare beautiness. They surrounded it with walls and built ten churches, four monasteries and a castle. The town was again destroyed after one century and then definitely abandoned. Nature then played its role. The ruins were covered by plants and flowers. The historian Gregorovius wrote on Oasi di Ninfa as the greates fairy tale of history and nature. Today the Oasi di Ninfa is a spectacular garden with a little lake originated by springs, the Middle Age tower still standing and enchanting vegetation cured by the Howard family, a nature-loving family from England allied to Caetanis. Oasi di Ninfa is a delightful location so recognized by the most famous Italian conservation groups.

When: visitors are allowed from April 1 to October 30 only on the first weekend of each month.

Where: Sermoneta - Latina


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