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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. Use our Fresno travel itinerary planner to visit Forestiere Underground Gardens on your trip to Fresno, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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TripAdvisor
  • Had heard and read about this place for couple of years - and finally a group of us on a bike run stopped to visit this place. Very deceiving from the outside, until you go on the tour. Amazing tour a...  more »
  • I was raised nearby and had never been to the "gardens", so when a friend mentioned it I agreed. I had envisioned something very different -a huge, cavernous completely underground garden. It's not qu...  more »
  • I will give 5 stars for the history and the grounds themselves. The story is great and a very cool experience. It's terrific that something was preserved of Forestiere's life's work. To be blunt, a fe...  more »
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  • Wow! I've lived a mile from this place for 20 years, and I never realized what a gem of a place it is. I was so impressed with the imagination and work that went into creating these underground areas that I can't stop thinking about what I saw. The staff was incredibly welcoming, from the dedicated gardener that greeted us at the front gate to our amazing and funny guide, Bailey. We never would have guessed that we were only her second tour group-she definitely knew her history. If your visiting Fresno or live here, go check it out. You won't be disappointed!
  • Fascinating and beautiful. Not at all what you'd expect. Quite mesmerizing. Terrific tours and the guides are fabulous. A fun and family-friendly spot. The guides are very knowledgeable and truly entertaining. Tips are most appreciated.
  • One of the strangest and coolest attractions I have ever been to. Over the course of 40 years, one man dug a 10-acre network of tunnels. The 3-level complex has dozens of rooms, a driveway, banquet hall, and plenty of fruit trees. There is nothing else like this place and you won't regret a visit.
  • This is truly a amazing place. And it is here in the valley. It is a place that takes you back in time . It is kind of mysterious makes you wonder how this was made underground . You can really feel the difference in temperature especially on a hot day. You have to see this at least once it is worth it. You might find yourselve coming back with family or friends I do , love this place !!
  • Went with my boyfriend, I had thought it would be in a more rural area or less just... Everything everywhere and so my expectations dropped by a lot. But DC, our tour guide, and the beauty of the underground changed our minds entirely. Had a great time and very happy that they kept the spirit of the place alive.