Forestiere Underground Gardens, Fresno
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 .
Forestiere Underground Gardens Reviews
This was very interesting, but not really gardens. I was expecting true "gardens" with lots of plants to photograph, so was disappointed. It is more underground tunnels and living space with some old ... more »
This is truly a home underground. Ingenious use of otherwise unusable land. Many rooms to see. It is a leisurely walk with steps. more »
An inspiring tour that showcases the legacy of a man who did whatever it took to make his dreams a reality. I was very skeptical before we arrived, but even from the first step underground, until the end of the hour tour, everyone in the group was riveted. Truly an amazing experience. Thank you, to the family and employees who share their time and efforts to make this possible!!
We went on opening day, March 2019. There was bright sunshine, but the temperature was still cool. I think it would have been great in hot weather. The tour is about an hour long and interesting. It's a little pricey for what you get. Otherwise very nice.
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