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This is a great Sta Barbara walk up winding streets and connecting stairs to bring you to the heights overlooking the city. Envigorating and worthwhile, a walking trek beings you closer to the nature of hte city and its origins.
My famous 50 minute driving tour for out of town guests includes this so that the guest can get a bird's eye view of the main sections of the city. Recent improvements removed the bushes that previously blocked part of the view. No big grassy...More
It’s a small little park with a few picnic tables but you go there for the view. It does not disappoint. The mansion is slated to be torn down, sadly but the story behind it is interesting. Franceschi was an Italian who brought many plant...More
Franceschi Park is in a residential area at almost the highest point of Santa Barbara's Mission Ridge. Open from sunrise to sunset, there is a small parking area, some picnic tables, and rudimentary facilities. In the center of the small park is the dreadfully neglected...More
Located high up in the American Riviera in a neighbourhood area, this is a great place to go on a clear day to catch the views of the ocean and channel islands. It`s quiet enough that one could go there just to meditate.
My husband and I were driving through the Riviera when we happened to find this park...so happy we pulled in. The sweeping views of Santa Barbara from this quiet, out-of-the-way park is breathtaking!
The deteriorating Franceschi house is sad to see...maybe Parks Dept can turn...More
I visited this very tiny park one day because I heard it had a beautiful view of Santa Barbara, and I was not disappointed. The view truly is breathtaking. Everything in the city sparkles, and the view goes on for miles over the ocean.
Franceschi Park is one of those hidden jewels in Santa Barbara. To get there, you have to take Mission Ridge Road up from the Riviera, but it's a lovely spot once you get there. I took my Mom and Dad there so they could enjoy...More