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In The Name of the Rose

Discover with us the most beautiful rose gardens created in Italy!

The rose is one of the most beloved and charming flower, it always marks the most romantic moments of life... Grandi Giardini Italiani, the network of the most beautiful gardens created in Italy created a dedicated itinerary: ''In the Name of the Rose.''

Every year during May and June the network Grandi Giardini Italiani promotes a special itinerary in Italy to learn or rediscover important collections of old roses. Grandi Giardini Italiani helps you discover the romantic and extraordinary blooms of roses in the most beautiful gardens in Italy.

Getting lost in the colors and scents of roses in bloom ...
The itinerary dedicated to roses in the most beuatiful italian gardens involves the whole Italy: from North with the fascinating Botanical Gardens of Trauttmansdorff, the ''Viale delle Rose'' at the Sigurtą Park (near the city of Verona) to the centre of Italy with the romantic Villa Peyron in Florence (Fiesole) and the magnificent explosion of roses in Palazzo Patrizi on Lake Bracciano, the Roseto Vacunae Rosae and modern Landriana Gardens near Rome.

The Great Italian Gardens adhering to the ''In The Name of the Rose'' are home to varieties of roses grown since the mid-eighteenth century (alba, gallica, damask, centifolia and nutmeg) and the groups formed in the nineteenth century (borboniane, of Portland, noisette, mossy, hybrid perpetual, Chinese, early tea) and hybrids of the early twentieth century (tea, Floribunda, pernetiane) - going through the stages of in The Name of the Rose in 2 months you can relive 300 years of history of roses.
Great Italian Gardens thanks for the support to ''In Name of the Rose'' Rose Barni

Rose Barni is distinguished by its unique production activities of plants of garden roses. With a constant focus on the strength and originality, Rose Barni also deals with the search and selection of new varieties.
The printed catalog can be requested without obligation and completely free of charge.

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Gardens with collections of roses
During May and June Grandi Giardini Italiani suggests you to visit charming rose gardens like...

Villa Taranto (Pallanza VB)
Villa Pizzo (Cernobbio, CO)
Parco Fondazione Minoprio (Vertemate, CO)
Villa Carlotta (Tremezzo, CO)
Villa Reale Monza - ReGis (MB)
Orto Botanico di Brera dell'Universitą degli Studi di Milano (Milano)
Villa Porta Bozzolo – FAI (Casalzuigno, VA)
Isola del Garda (San Felice del Benaco, BS)

Villa Arvedi (Grezzana, VR)
Sigurtą Park (Valeggio, VR)
Castello San Pelagio (Due Carrare, PD)
Villa Trissino Marzotto (Trissino, VI)

Trentino Alto Adige
Trauttmansdorff Gardens (Merano, BZ)
Giardino della Rosa (Ronzone, TN)

Hanbury Gardens (Ventimiglia Mortola, IM)
Villa Durazzo (S. Margherita Ligure, GE)
Giardini di Villa della Pergola (Alassio, SV)

Emilia Romagna
Palazzo Fantini (Tredington, FC)
Villa La Babina (Sasso Morelli, BO)
Villa Montericco Pasolini dall'Onda (Imola, BO)
Castello Grazzano Visconti (Grazzano Visconti, PC)

Boboli Gardens (Florence)
Giardino Bardini (Firenze)
Giardino di Villa Gamberaia (Settignano, FI)
Villa Poggio Torselli (San Casciano Val di Pesa, FI)
Villa Peyron al Bosco di Fontelucente (Fiesole, FI)

Parco Storico Seghetti Panichi (Castel di Lama, AP)

Palazzo Patrizi (Bracciano, Rome)
San Liberato Gardens (Bracciano, Rome)
Stigliano Botanical Gardens (Canale Monterano, Rome)
Landriana Gardens (Ardea, Rome)
Vacunae Rosae (Roccantica, RI)
Villa d'Este a Tivoli (Tivoli, Rome)

Reggia di Caserta (Caserta)

Biviere Gardens (Lentini, SR)
Le Stanze in Fiore di Canalicchio (Catania)
Giardino di San Giuliano (Villasmundo Melilli, SR)
Rosa: cenni storici
Roses were already cultivated by the Babylonian king Sargon (ca. 2350-2300 BC) in ancient Persia, in Egypt roses were the subject of extensive culture (since 3000 BC) to be exported to Rome, where they were used for the extraction of scent oil, for garlands, and to create special effects during the feasts.

The first scientific descriptions of a rose dates back to Theophrastus (382-287 BC), and subsequently to Plinio il Vecchio (pre-79 AD), who described them in his Historia naturalis indicating Lazio and Campania as the best Italian cultivation areas.

Although the rose was grown primarily for commercial purposes, it is known that in Rome, Pompeii and Herculaneum, existed the ''rosaria'', specialized gardens of roses, which harbored hybrids of Rosa alba ( ' Maxima ',' Plena ' and ' semiplena '). The Rosa alba is one of the oldest garden roses we know.

The Rosa gallica 'officinalis' was officially introduced in France from the Middle East during the Crusades (sec. XIII), where it became an important medicinal plant and from where it was spread to other countries of the world. The Rosa gallica 'officinalis' was cultivated in monasteries for many centuries: it is among the old roses the one who provided the intense pink-crimson in all hybrids derived from it.

The damascena rose has heterogeneous characters, it is caracterized by a slight re-flowering in autumn, it has an intense scent, and it has a Middle-Eastern origin. The damascena rose was introduced in France during the Crusades, and in the other European countries during the the sixteenth century.

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