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Tuesday, 31 August 2010 13:31

Ninfa Gardens: online booking to visit

To visit the Garden, you have to book on line the entrance ticket at www.giardinodininfa.eu

During public opening days, visitors tour the Garden in groups accompanied by a guide and following a single route.The tours leave every ten minutes and last approximately one hour and it is suitable for the disabled.
All visitors are expected to make an entry contribution towards the cost of maintaining the garden and ruins and providing guides. The hortus conclusus, a formal garden dating from the 17th century, is accessible on payment of a small supplement.
By dedicating approximately a half day to each, there is time enough in a day to visit not only the Garden of Ninfa but also the Caetani Castle of Sermoneta, likewise a property of the Roffredo Caetani Foundation.

Please note: during public opening days bilingual guided tours leave at 10.30 a.m. and at 3.30 p.m..
English-speaking or other overseas visitors wishing to tour with a bilingual guide should be at the main entrance before the tour leaves (9.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.) to make their requirement known. Whilst tours are conducted in Italian, between the various stopping points explanations in English will be provided.


Ninfa: the ancient town
The town of Ninfa takes its name from a little temple dedicated to the nymphs during the Roman period, built on one of the most abundant springs at the foot of the Lepini Hills. These waters gave life to the original river Nymphaeus. Of the abandoned medieval town there remain today an imposing double wall and the ruins of a castle, churches, municipal buildings and many private dwellings. As in the past, water is still the key to Ninfa's survival.
Ninfa had a significant economic and strategic identity as early as the 8th century. This came about due to the flooding and impassability of a stretch of the Appian Way between Cisterna and Terracina and the consequent spread of malaria. A water dam, seen to this day at Ninfa, is an example of advanced engineering from early times. The resulting lake enabled waterpower to be used to turn rudimentary machinery such as mills, olive presses, bellows and hammers for the working of metal - making a fortune for the little settlement. By the beginning of the 11th century, Ninfa had grown to the status of a small town. It continued to expand and prosper. In 1159, Rolando Bandinelli was consecrated as Pope Alexander III in S. Maria Maggiore, the largest of Ninfa's seven churches. Several papal families - among them the Tuscolo, Frangipani, Conti, and Anibaldi - fought over Ninfa which was at various times destroyed and rebuilt before passing finally to the Caetani family in 1298. 100 years of prosperity followed. As the result of papal wars and inter-family disputes, however, the town was substantially destroyed in 1382 leading to an exodus of the population and an unstoppable decay that lasted until the 20th century. In the 17th century, Ninfa was for a time used for commercial activity, for example iron-works and a tannery, or as a recreational retreat for the Caetani who then commissioned Francesco da Volterra to design the Hortus Conclusus (enclosed garden). In the 18th and 19th centuries artists and travellers regularly visited the ruined town, after failed attempts to repopulate it. Their various depictions of it left an important record of how it then was. Notable among them were Carlo and Enrico Coleman, Edward Lear, Gregorovius, Ettore Roesler Franz; and Giulio Aristide Sartorio in the 20th century.

Ninfa: the garden
Gelasio Caetani, in the early 1920s, set out to restore Ninfa by means of a well-planned programme of research, excavation and restoration of the ruins, laying out the foundations for a garden today counted among the most beautiful in the world. With his English mother, Ada Wilbraham, the first of Ninfa’s gardeners, and inspired by Ninfa’s evocative and mysterious character, he began planting the great trees that we enjoy today. The creation of a garden at Ninfa, meaning the ability as far back as the 1920s to visualise the potential of a site completely abandoned and covered by a mantle of vegetation, is intriguing - the more so because Ninfa came back to life after centuries of neglect in the form of a garden conceived in a typical Anglo-Saxon style. The Garden of Ninfa today, with its paths spreading like sinews, is spontaneous and informal with little in the way of geometric patterns. The development and planting work continued with Ada’s American-born daughter-in-law Marguerite Chapin. She opened the garden to an important circle of writers and artists associated with the literary reviews Commerce and Botteghe Oscure, which she founded. Such friends were equally inspired by Ninfa.
Marguerite’s daughter, Lelia Caetani, remains nevertheless the true artisan of the garden and in her time Ninfa took on the romantic character we know today. Lelia's gardening approach was undoubtedly inspired by her natural talents as a painter, which led her to select plants in the landscape as if at work on a large canvas. She had a natural and creative touch.
On Lelia’s untimely death in 1977, ownership and responsibility for the garden passed to the Roffredo Caetani Foundation. Ninfa is well cared for. Spontaneity remains key and visitors are little aware of the human touch. Managing such a remarkable place is a difficult and complex challenge with the delicate eco-system always a foremost consideration.

Ninfa today
The garden of Ninfa was declared a Natural Monument in 2000, and it comprises:
- the medieval ruined town, with its outer walls
- the English-style romantic garden dating from the early 20th century
- the 17th-century Hortus Conclusus
- the river and lake with their rare eco-system
- the setting itself – culturally, pictorially and environmentally exceptional.

Ninfa draws together history, architecture and nature. The microclimate and eco-system are rare because Ninfa sits at the juncture of two contrasting geological formations - the alluvial Pontine plain and the limestone Lepini hills. The property faces south and enjoys the benefit of pure and abundant spring waters.
Though in ruins, Ninfa is a rare example of a complete medieval town. Abandoned for five centuries, it was described by the historian Gregorovius in the 1880s as the ‘Pompeii of the Middle Ages’. What we see today are the significant remains of a fortified town, encircled by a double girdle of walls, which reached its peak of prosperity between the 13th and 14th centuries. The urban layout is still clearly distinguishable, giving the garden a setting that appeals to the imagination. The main buildings, not all of them in good condition, are easily identified as the castle, the town hall (converted to a Caetani family house), and the churches of S. Giovanni, S. Biagio, S. Salvatore, and S. Paolo all situated along the outer walls. S. Maria Maggiore occupies a central position and S. Pietro ‘outside the walls’ stands closer to the base of the hills.
Over time the Garden of Ninfa has developed a truly international plant collection. It is widely known for being both a protected monument and a nature conservation area.

Botanical Highlights
The Garden contains at least 19 varieties of deciduous Magnolia, along with birch, aquatic Iris and a sensational variety of Japanese maples.  The early-flowering ornamental cherries blossom spectacularly. Viburnum, honeysuckle, Ceanothus, holly, Clematis, dogwoods, ornamental crab apple and tulip trees are among the many varieties, numbering over 1,300 in all, growing in the eight hectares of the garden.
Many rose varieties grow along the avenues, festooning trees and ruins, bordering the river and its watercourses. In a substantial collection are to be noted varieties such as R. banksiae, R. bracteata, R. x odorata 'Mutabilis', R. hugonis, 'Ballerina', 'Iceberg', 'Max Graf', 'Complicata', 'Penelope', 'Buff Beauty', 'Mme. Alfred Carrier, R.filipes 'Kiftsgate' and 'Gloire de Dijon'. Wild flowers are much in evidence, for example anemones, cyclamen, marguerites, primulas and valerian. The particularly mild climate at Ninfa also allows the cultivation of tropical plants such as avocado, South American gunnera and banana.
There are many shrubs, planted not just for their beauty but also for their value to birds and insects - for example buddleia, loved by butterflies; and cotoneaster with its wonderful berries. The presence of birds is notable, with over 100 species. They help the plant-life by controlling the number of parasitic insects.

The International Friends of Ninfa (UK)
This association, founded in 2004, is fully active with nearly 250 members, some based outside the UK. A non-profit making and strictly autonomous organisation, its aim is to provide unconditional support for the garden in general and specific ways that mirror the aims of the Roffredo Ca
etani Foundation itself and the needs of Ninfa as a natural monument.

Friday, 18 March 2016 11:01

The Private SPA

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the soft vapors of the Turkish bath, the regenerating silence of the Relax area with the chromatic play, the intense scent of Cedar wood from the Finnish Sauna, the energetic whirlpool of the SPA tub, are the comfortable corners of the “wellness program” that will delight your stay in our structure ... the private SPA is dedicated to the couple, to the family or to group of friends who can reserve an exclusive use of the SPA … "exclusive use" means that the SPA is reserved only for you...






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Services provided "room + SPA":

- Bathrobe, complimentary slippers, Cloth, Final regenerating herbal tea

Extra services on request:

- Prosecco of 200 cc

- Welcome kit with coffee capsules and cakes of the Sermonetan tradition

- Ayurvedic-Yoga Massage of 50 minutes €59 single or 99 couple (one operator for both)

- Kobido single massage of 50 minutes €59

The SPA is usable only by reservation and has a duration of 90 minutes.

For any additional information, please send us an email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , call us at (0039) 338526578 or Whatsapp

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Published in Last Minute Deals
Thursday, 07 April 2011 17:45

Sermoneta Apartments

The apartments, furnished with elegance, are composed of rooms with private bathrooms, full equipped kitchen, dining area and large living room with sofa and TV. For outdoor living, tables and chairs on the panoramic terraces make pleasant stay... aperitifs on the terrace at sunset like the Italian style

The apartments can accomodate families or working groups from 2 to 6 persons from medium to long periods for a comfortable and relaxing stay.

The Residence, despite being in the old town of Sermoneta, is easily accessible by car (you can park in front of the apartment in Via G. Matteotti 3) and it is near Restaurants, bar, supermarket and anything you need for a long time stay.

Also for the apartments, you can combine your stay with some relaxing moments of the PRIVATE SPA that is the new entry of this year. For the family, for friends and for a romantic stay... have a look of the section "Private Spa"...


- Set of towels for guest
- Bedding
- Soaps and shower kit
- internet wi fi – ethernet -  TV SAT
- Heating, gas, water, electricity
- Kitchen and its forniture: washing machine, dishwasher, refrigerator, oven, stove.
- Final cleaning

- Air conditioning

- Infant bed


Do you need a special offer for your family or for your working group? Are you planning your holiday in Sermoneta and you need suggestions (restaurants, turistic informations)? Write us an e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone to 0039 3385265478 and we'll be happy to provide you a special offer

Friday, 08 April 2011 08:56

Sermoneta Rooms for Rent

Our rooms are all equipped with private bathroom and can accomodate up to 3 guests each.

Ideal for a short stay to discover the beauties of Sermoneta, Ninfa Gardens, the Caetani's Castle.

During their stay, in addition to the bright and spacious rooms, our guests have access to the living area of the Residence with sofas, table and TV and can enjoy the panoramic view of the equipped terrace.

Starting this year is the new PRIVATE SPA with the Turkish bath in Carrara marble, the Finnish Sauna of cedar wood, the spa tub with whirlpool and chromotherapy, the relaxation area with music therapy and chromotherapy, the outdoor solarium with panoramic views ... for a romantic stay of the couple, for the family or for a group of friends who want to spend a moment of relaxation in the splendid setting of Sermoneta

For any information, have a look of the section "Private Spa"



- Set of towels for guest
- Bedding
- Soaps and shower kit
- internet wi fi
- Heating

- Cot for babies: extra charge of 10 Euro per day

Write us an e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone to 0039 3385265478 and we'll give you any additional informations regarding your stay (things to do, places to visit, itineraries, Restaurants, monuments...) and if you want, we'll provide you a special quote.


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