Forestiere Underground Gardens, Fresno

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Admire the hand-built rooms of Forestiere Underground Gardens, beneath the Earth that transport you back to ancient Roman times right in the middle of Central California. The residence, built by Sicilian immigrant Baldassare Forestiere to escape the hot Fresno sun, was inspired by the Roman catacombs Forestiere knew as a child. He worked on his masterpiece tirelessly for 40 years, and spent countless hours excavating the hard soil to build the impressive subterranean structure. You can tour the summer bedroom, winter bedroom, kitchen, parlor, and grottoes that span 4 hectares (10 acres) intermixed with large archways and courtyards that allow in light. Forestiere also planted fruit trees underground and kept them thriving. You can appreciate the 100-year-old plants, some rare and exotic that can only grow here due to their protection from frost. Bring a sweater, as temperaures can be cooler underground. Add Forestiere Underground Gardens and other attractions to your Fresno trip itinerary using our Fresno tour itinerary planning website.
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  • Although the gardens are now in a rather depressing location, once you get inside they are a fascinating testament to one man's vision & dedication. Our guide was really great and provided lots of... 
    Although the gardens are now in a rather depressing location, once you get inside they are a fascinating testament to one man's vision & dedication. Our guide was really great and provided lots of...  more »
  • Much more expansive than I expected with a fascinating story of the creator's life and ambitions. The tour guide did a fine job telling the story and pointing out the details. I plan to return with....  more
    Much more expansive than I expected with a fascinating story of the creator's life and ambitions. The tour guide did a fine job telling the story and pointing out the details. I plan to return with....  more »
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  • We had such a great time visiting the Forestiere Gardens!! Our tour guide was energetic and knowledgeable, and it was just the right amount of time to keep my kids engaged. I've been wanting to go there for years and so glad we finally made it! Only wish it was a functioning resort so we could stay down there because it was just that neat ☺️ Now off to plan our underground house...
  • You know you had a good time when you are already planning a second visit to bring those you love to see all the wonder that is the underground gardens. I visited out of state and brought my dad who is a born and raised Fresnon. It is indeed a hidden gem and left inspired and in awe at the lifelong work of one man’s vision. It’s so beautiful to see what was created and wonder what would have been if it was fully completed. The tour guide was very passionate and friendly. I will be back to support this business. A must see when in Fresno.

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