Tulipanomania at Parco Giardino Sigurtà

April 16, 2015 / Places
Valeggio Sul Mincio, Veneto

This note was co-authored (and photographed) by Tom Weber AND Orna O’Reilly, both ItalianNotebook contributors. We are unable to assign two authors to a note, so Orna’s credit, info and links are within the note, below, instead of after it. -ed.

Parco Giardino Sigurtà | ©thepalladiantraveler.comBestowed the coveted Parco Più Bello d’Italia (Most Beautiful Park in Italy) award for the best public park in the Bel Paese back in 2013, Parco Giardino Sigurtà is a sprawling floral paradise located in Valeggio sul Mincio, not far from Lake Garda, in the Verona province of the Veneto.

Parco Giardino Sigurtà | ©ornaoreilly.comOpen continuously from early March to early November, it’s a stunning feast for the eyes, especially now as the park is well underway celebrating Tulipanomania, the extraordinary shower of color from the fioritura (flowering) of no less than one-million tulips planted from bulbs cultivated in the Netherlands and Turkey.

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Parco Giardino Sigurtà | ©ornaoreilly.comUpon arrival at Parco Giardino Sigurtà, one can hop aboard an electric ten-person shuttle bus, complete with guide, or rent a golf cart with its own GPS system for a tour around the park.

There’s a smart white train too, that circumnavigates the park’s Enchanted Trail, and bicycles are readily available for rent, or B.Y.O.B (bring your own bike), for the more energetic visitor.

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Failing these wheeled modes of transport, there’s always the good old-fashioned option of walking the beautiful lawns in one’s bare feet — which is highly encouraged by park management — or merely lounging and relaxing on the grass with a picnic.

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Sigurata_5_WMAmong the many and varied things to see and do in this 600-hectare (1483 acres) botanical oasis along the banks of the River Mincio is the Maze. Of traditional design and great fun to explore, the 2,500 m² labyrinth of 1,500 yew trees comes to you complete with “emergency exits” for the faint-hearted and a few look-out points for those who lose their bearings.

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Parco Giardino Sigurtà | ©ornaoreilly.comParco Giardino Sigurtà also boasts the Water Gardens, the Turtle Pool, the Great Lawn, 18 ornamental flowering lakes, a unique collection of 40,000 box plants, a 400-year-old oak tree, and Viale delle Rose, an avenue of 30,000 rose bushes that are poised to burst forth in May.

Parco Giardino Sigurtà | ©thepalladiantraveler.comAlong with the much-heralded tulip and rose flowerings, there are an additional 19 species of flowers that bloom at various times during the park’s open season. So, no matter when you visit, the gardens will always be bathed in color.

Parco Giardino Sigurtà | ©thepalladiantraveler.comEquipped with all facilities imaginable, if you’re ever in the Verona area with a day to spare then Parco Giardino Sigurtà, one of Italy’s most beautiful public parks, is a must-see. For complete information, including fees, park rules, the 2015 calendar of events and driving directions, just click HERE.

As mentioned, this note was co-authored by Tom Weber AND Orna O’Reilly, both ItalianNotebook contributors. We are unable to assign two authors to a note, so Orna’s info follows. (Tom’s info and links are below.)

Orna is a recently retired interior designer who practised in South Africa, Mozambique and Ireland. Now writing full time, she moved from Ireland to the Veneto area of Italy in 2013.

She writes her way around Italy by blogging about it (at Ornasite) and is currently writing a novel set in Venice. You can follow her tweets @OrnaOR, and her Travel & Design page on FB.

Editor’s note: Orna and Tom were credentialed journalists at a recent media day hosted by the park which included a complimentary guided tour of the gardens.

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by Tom Weber

Tom is a veteran print-broadcast journalist who resides in the Colli Euganei (Euganean Hills) in the province of Padova in the Veneto region of northestern Italy. He hosts the eclectic travel/foodie/photography blog The Palladian Traveler.com, is a regular contributor to Los Angeles-based TravelingBoy.com, and is a member of the International Travel Writers Alliance. Feel free to follow Tom as he “meanders along the cobblestone to somewhere.”

8 Responses to “Tulipanomania at Parco Giardino Sigurtà”

  1. Absolutely glorious! Worth the trip to Verona just for that. Many thanks.

  2. Gianna Janet Carr

    Grazie tantissimi Orna per queste bellissime foto. In 2013, ho abitato a Siena per quasi 6 mesi. Io abito negli Stati Uniti a South Carolina vicissimo a Charlotte, North Carolina. Io amo a viaggiare come te e un giorno verrò a trovarti a Venezia!! Io ho copiato le tue foto affinche condividere con i miei amici..Abbracci, Gianna

  3. Antoinette

    Fatalità…I was reading about it this morning and up pops your article!!! I was trying to work out when the best time to visit is now as I have been OS so missed the tulips…so now I’m aiming for May to see the roses. Grazie.

  4. Victoria De Maio

    wow! Wow! WOW!! Gorgeous and, as always, gorgeous photos! I was in the Pacific Northwest once when the zillions of acres of tulips were in bloom – it is something to behold. Grazie for sharing this spectacular park – I’m ready for a picnic! :D

  5. Maria Ingham

    Beautiful Italy, beautifully illustrated article. Thank you for the tulipani feast!


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