Botanical Garden sights in Italy
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Designed by Russell Page and inspired by the Moorish gardens of Granada’s Alhambra in Spain, La Mortella is recognised as one of Italy’s finest botanical gardens and well worth a couple of hours of your time. Stroll among terraces, pools, palms, fountains and more than 1000 rare and exotic plants from all over the world.
These plants include the huge water lily Victoria Amazonica with flowers that turn from white to crimson red. This veritable Eden was established by the late British composer Sir William Walton and his Argentinian wife, Susana (who died in March 2010, aged 83), who made it their home in 1949, entertaining such venerable house guests as Sir Laurence…
The vision of local botanist, Giuseppe D’Ambra, who has travelled collecting plants since the 1960s, this 6000-sq metre garden pays homage to the not-so-humble cacti. There is a diverse collection here, as well as other succulent plants, many of which apparently have homeopathic qualities.
You can join a guided walk every Sunday at 11am; at other times, you should reserve in advance. The gardens are also the site of concerts, art and craft exhibitions, and there are self-catering apartments to rent.