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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  • October 2, 2017
    Where to go when 100 degrees outside, underground! What a history of talent and vision. Unfortunately only a small part of this mans dedication and hard work survived the encroachment of freeways and ...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    Quite a piece of history, and the tour guides very informed. I totally enjoyed my visit. Am so glad this place still exists, as it has gone from 80 acres down to it's current size of 10 acres. since n...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    This was better than expected, even though I had a rough idea of what to expect reading about it in advance. Went with my 18 year old daughter who is not much into sightseeing, and even she was impres...  more »
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  • May 30, 2017
    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!
  • June 26, 2017
    Such an interesting place to visit if you're going through Fresno! We went on a super hot summer day and it was about 30 degrees cooler underground. The tour guide was nice and gave our small group an informative tour of the grounds. Recommended!
  • May 29, 2017
    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.
  • June 13, 2017
    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.
  • May 28, 2017
    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 !!

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