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Nice little walk through a well cared for garden

Happened upon this place by chance during a walk through town. It's charming and well kept and... read more

Reviewed October 20, 2017
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Very popular so best to reserve

We arrived soon after 7 pm on a Saturday without a reservation. The indoor tables were busy or... read more

Reviewed September 23, 2017
Berkshire, United Kingdom
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Via Monte Santo 5 | Via Adda, 22012 Cernobbio, Italy
+39 031 510714
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Reviewed July 8, 2018

Depending where you start, this can be quite difficult to find, or very easy! We must have been only a couple of metres from a brown sign when we asked a local, who then took us on a long detour. We don't wish to disparage...More

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank SteveRH
Reviewed October 20, 2017

Happened upon this place by chance during a walk through town. It's charming and well kept and worth checking out.

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank sashao208
Reviewed September 23, 2017

We arrived soon after 7 pm on a Saturday without a reservation. The indoor tables were busy or reserved - there is a good sized garden but it was raining so we sat in the covered terrace [also the smoking area] but it soon became...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank hildenley
Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

Tranquil garden , cleaned up from previous rubbish. Hard to find- go thru the gates ( top or bottom entry)- see photo of map. A small free library for you if you forget your book!

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank David270443
Reviewed September 1, 2017

Found entirely by accident -- we just followed the signs in central Cernobbio to the "Giardino della Valle", a ten-minute walk -- this lovely little garden hugs the banks of the torrent that carries melted snow from the mountains above to the lake below. A...More

Date of experience: September 2017
3  Thank Roberta_K975
Reviewed August 30, 2017

A real Italian garden, unic and delightful, flowers and tropical plants, many varieties, nice romantic paths, streams with small little bridges, benchs, a wonderful garden to spent an afternoon to chill out and enjoy the beauty of the nature, don't forget, - if you have...More

Date of experience: September 2016
2  Thank Manuela L
Reviewed August 28, 2017

Worth a visit! We took our 5 year old grand-children with us and they were entranced by the many surprises 'hidden' in the garden.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Lizzie-beth-745
Reviewed July 22, 2017 via mobile

We came across this delightful garden unexpectedly whilst walking around Cernobbia. It was so refreshing and unusual with a host of wonderful plants and little nooks. Very interesting​ history to the garden and definitely worth a visit.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Naomi L
Reviewed July 20, 2017

While on a walk around the neighborhood, we came across this beautiful park. Would recommend going and reading the story of how it began and seeing what it has become.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Claymont64
Reviewed June 14, 2017

It might be a bit of an exaggeration to call it a "hidden gem" (both the top and bottom entrances are well signposted from Via Regina), but it's certainly off the beaten track. The history of it is interesting, as a former municipal tip, and...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Dave R
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