Borgo Mandela, 13-18
00020 Mandela (RM)
Mob. + 39 334 8370687
Write to the garden
From June to October: guided tours for groups (min. 15 peolpe), by prior
Opening days may change depending on the events held in the castle
Visits to the gardens are otherwise possible every second Sunday of the
month at the end of the 11 o'clock Mass in the private chapel of the castle San Vincenzo Ferrer Schools: by prior arrangement, whole day tour including the the nature trail along the river.
Romantic wood (guided tour: 1 hour)
Adults € 10
Children € 6
How to get here
Take the motorway A24 Roma – Pescara, with exit Vicovaro – Mandela (two exits after Tivoli), and follow the indications for Mandela. Gardens are 40 minutes away from centre of Rome and 15 minutes away from Tivoli.
Driving from Umbria and Tuscany or southern Italy, look out for the link or bypass called “DIRAMAZIONE ROMA NORD or DIRAMAZIONE ROMA SUD” .
Public transport from Rome and the airports
Subway + bus From anywhere along the metro line B (Colosseum or Circus Maximus or Termini station etc), get off at Ponte Mammolo. Take Cotral bus for Mandela station .
Train from Rome and airports
From Termini or Tiburtina Station (where buses and trains arrive from the airports) take the Roma – Pescara line direction Pescara or Avezzano. Stop at Mandela train station called Stazione di Valle dell'Aniene -Mandela– Sambuci. For train timetables (www.trenitalia.it).
For all public transport
Shuttle bus (Circolare Cotral) from Mandela station for Mandela Paese which takes you up to the village about every two hrs, every day of the week except on Sundays.
The fashion of landscaped gardening was invented by the English
in the 17th century, inspired by Lorrain and Poussin, who painted the
countryside of the Latin poets Virgil and Horace. Here we are in Mandela
in Horace's farm with the mountains in the back drop. This beautiful
view was turned into a naturally English landscaped parkland in the
XIX century by Alessandro del Gallo, of the present family, and his wife
Julie Bonaparte. They enclosed the grounds of Horace's farm and the
views celebrated by the landscape painters of the 17th and 18th century
just by bordering it with trees. The fields, the ruins and the wilderness
growing on the sides of the two rivers crossing the estate, were perfect
as they were, having little need of water and maintenace in the modern
sense of sustainability.
This was also done in memory of one of the most important English-style parkland gardens of the United States, created by Julie's grand father at Point Breeze, Philadelphia. Her grand father was Joseph Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon, who had been king of Spain and who went to live in West Coast in 1817. A romantic forest was planted at the foot of the castle, inspired by Corot's etching, “Gardens of Horace” with paths and open spaces for summer enjoyment with the purpose of leading the visitor to see the view as a sudden surprise. There is now a safe access to the nature trail along the river described by Horace in the 1st century AD. The sand and the pebbles in the river still glitter through the pure transparent water, just as Lord Byron described it 1800 years after Horace. The new coloured fields and the wildflower meadows can be seen from anywhere in the landscape. They mix successfully in a natural harmony with modern photovoltaic panels wedged on the rolling slope in the shape of a sail blowing in the wind.
The family hosts land art artists in the rolling fields of the ideal view.
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