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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  • WONDERFUL, wonderful, wonderful tour guide. When my family and I arrived, we did not know what to expect. After our tour, we were blown away by the beauty, science, and detail of this underground "res...  more »
  • After living in Fresno most of my life, my grand kids and I were invited to join friends to tour the Underground Gardens. I was so surprised at how large of a property it was and how amazing the histo...  more »
  • A great place for everyone. A lot of history and fun facts. Went with the family and everyone loved it.  more »
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  • This was amazing and we were so glad we went, truly a marvel of one Man's ingenuity and back breaking drive to create the unique from land no one else had a vision for. We went in August 2017, my Mom, who was 96 was accommodated with her walker and she really loved it too. Very memorable.
  • My husband and I have been wanting to go here for a while now, we finally made it out to take a tour. It is a wonderful experience. There is so much to see our guide was so full of information. I definitely recommend this place. However, I would not recommend taking kiddos who can't walk for about an hour being that you can not take strollers in.
  • A hidden treasure. Glad we found it! Sad story about a man who wanted to build an underground resort but died before it was completed. Found amazing combinations of citrus trees.
  • It was nice and great way to see one mans home made all by hand and stay cool and out of the sun
  • I lived in fresno over 30 years and drove past this place daily before I ever visited. If you live in the area, you should definitely visit once. The tour is quite overpriced, though, so one trip is enough for me. It's sad to think how much of these gardens were destroyed by Shaw avenue or for strip malls and economy hotels. Classic Fresno move.
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