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Oasis of Ninfa: The most romantic garden in the world

AFP | Last Modified - May 31, 2013, 07:49 PM IST

The garden dates back to 19th century when the Caetani family took over lands deserted for centuries.
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    World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
    Rome: Rare plants, enchanting ruins and the tinkle of waterfalls: The English-style botanical oasis of Ninfa near Rome is a secret idyll billed as “the world’s most romantic garden.”
    The exquisite garden dates back to the late 19th century when the aristocratic Caetani family took over lands deserted for centuries including Ninfa, a town that was abandoned in the Middle Ages.
    The town once had 150 homes and seven churches — was ravaged by a civil war before becoming an artistic haven. “Ninfa is not just a garden, it is a long cultural history,” said Lauro Marchetti, head of the Roffredo Caetani Foundation, which manages the garden some 70 kilometers (44 miles) from Rome.
    Caetani’s mother, an Englishwoman named Ada Wilbraham, was the founder of the garden. Caetani, a musician and a protege of Hungarian composer Frantz Liszt, came up with the streams and waterfalls to create bewitching melodies. “At night in the spot that we call ‘of the nightingales’, there is a real concert with the birdsong and the water,” Marchetti said.
  • World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
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    World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
    Rome: Rare plants, enchanting ruins and the tinkle of waterfalls: The English-style botanical oasis of Ninfa near Rome is a secret idyll billed as “the world’s most romantic garden.”
    The exquisite garden dates back to the late 19th century when the aristocratic Caetani family took over lands deserted for centuries including Ninfa, a town that was abandoned in the Middle Ages.
    The town once had 150 homes and seven churches — was ravaged by a civil war before becoming an artistic haven. “Ninfa is not just a garden, it is a long cultural history,” said Lauro Marchetti, head of the Roffredo Caetani Foundation, which manages the garden some 70 kilometers (44 miles) from Rome.
    Caetani’s mother, an Englishwoman named Ada Wilbraham, was the founder of the garden. Caetani, a musician and a protege of Hungarian composer Frantz Liszt, came up with the streams and waterfalls to create bewitching melodies. “At night in the spot that we call ‘of the nightingales’, there is a real concert with the birdsong and the water,” Marchetti said.
  • World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
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    World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
    Rome: Rare plants, enchanting ruins and the tinkle of waterfalls: The English-style botanical oasis of Ninfa near Rome is a secret idyll billed as “the world’s most romantic garden.”
    The exquisite garden dates back to the late 19th century when the aristocratic Caetani family took over lands deserted for centuries including Ninfa, a town that was abandoned in the Middle Ages.
    The town once had 150 homes and seven churches — was ravaged by a civil war before becoming an artistic haven. “Ninfa is not just a garden, it is a long cultural history,” said Lauro Marchetti, head of the Roffredo Caetani Foundation, which manages the garden some 70 kilometers (44 miles) from Rome.
    Caetani’s mother, an Englishwoman named Ada Wilbraham, was the founder of the garden. Caetani, a musician and a protege of Hungarian composer Frantz Liszt, came up with the streams and waterfalls to create bewitching melodies. “At night in the spot that we call ‘of the nightingales’, there is a real concert with the birdsong and the water,” Marchetti said.
  • World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
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    World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
    Rome: Rare plants, enchanting ruins and the tinkle of waterfalls: The English-style botanical oasis of Ninfa near Rome is a secret idyll billed as “the world’s most romantic garden.”
    The exquisite garden dates back to the late 19th century when the aristocratic Caetani family took over lands deserted for centuries including Ninfa, a town that was abandoned in the Middle Ages.
    The town once had 150 homes and seven churches — was ravaged by a civil war before becoming an artistic haven. “Ninfa is not just a garden, it is a long cultural history,” said Lauro Marchetti, head of the Roffredo Caetani Foundation, which manages the garden some 70 kilometers (44 miles) from Rome.
    Caetani’s mother, an Englishwoman named Ada Wilbraham, was the founder of the garden. Caetani, a musician and a protege of Hungarian composer Frantz Liszt, came up with the streams and waterfalls to create bewitching melodies. “At night in the spot that we call ‘of the nightingales’, there is a real concert with the birdsong and the water,” Marchetti said.
  • World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
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    World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
    Rome: Rare plants, enchanting ruins and the tinkle of waterfalls: The English-style botanical oasis of Ninfa near Rome is a secret idyll billed as “the world’s most romantic garden.”
    The exquisite garden dates back to the late 19th century when the aristocratic Caetani family took over lands deserted for centuries including Ninfa, a town that was abandoned in the Middle Ages.
    The town once had 150 homes and seven churches — was ravaged by a civil war before becoming an artistic haven. “Ninfa is not just a garden, it is a long cultural history,” said Lauro Marchetti, head of the Roffredo Caetani Foundation, which manages the garden some 70 kilometers (44 miles) from Rome.
    Caetani’s mother, an Englishwoman named Ada Wilbraham, was the founder of the garden. Caetani, a musician and a protege of Hungarian composer Frantz Liszt, came up with the streams and waterfalls to create bewitching melodies. “At night in the spot that we call ‘of the nightingales’, there is a real concert with the birdsong and the water,” Marchetti said.
  • World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
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    World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
    Rome: Rare plants, enchanting ruins and the tinkle of waterfalls: The English-style botanical oasis of Ninfa near Rome is a secret idyll billed as “the world’s most romantic garden.”
    The exquisite garden dates back to the late 19th century when the aristocratic Caetani family took over lands deserted for centuries including Ninfa, a town that was abandoned in the Middle Ages.
    The town once had 150 homes and seven churches — was ravaged by a civil war before becoming an artistic haven. “Ninfa is not just a garden, it is a long cultural history,” said Lauro Marchetti, head of the Roffredo Caetani Foundation, which manages the garden some 70 kilometers (44 miles) from Rome.
    Caetani’s mother, an Englishwoman named Ada Wilbraham, was the founder of the garden. Caetani, a musician and a protege of Hungarian composer Frantz Liszt, came up with the streams and waterfalls to create bewitching melodies. “At night in the spot that we call ‘of the nightingales’, there is a real concert with the birdsong and the water,” Marchetti said.
  • World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
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    World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
    Rome: Rare plants, enchanting ruins and the tinkle of waterfalls: The English-style botanical oasis of Ninfa near Rome is a secret idyll billed as “the world’s most romantic garden.”
    The exquisite garden dates back to the late 19th century when the aristocratic Caetani family took over lands deserted for centuries including Ninfa, a town that was abandoned in the Middle Ages.
    The town once had 150 homes and seven churches — was ravaged by a civil war before becoming an artistic haven. “Ninfa is not just a garden, it is a long cultural history,” said Lauro Marchetti, head of the Roffredo Caetani Foundation, which manages the garden some 70 kilometers (44 miles) from Rome.
    Caetani’s mother, an Englishwoman named Ada Wilbraham, was the founder of the garden. Caetani, a musician and a protege of Hungarian composer Frantz Liszt, came up with the streams and waterfalls to create bewitching melodies. “At night in the spot that we call ‘of the nightingales’, there is a real concert with the birdsong and the water,” Marchetti said.
  • World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
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    World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
    Rome: Rare plants, enchanting ruins and the tinkle of waterfalls: The English-style botanical oasis of Ninfa near Rome is a secret idyll billed as “the world’s most romantic garden.”
    The exquisite garden dates back to the late 19th century when the aristocratic Caetani family took over lands deserted for centuries including Ninfa, a town that was abandoned in the Middle Ages.
    The town once had 150 homes and seven churches — was ravaged by a civil war before becoming an artistic haven. “Ninfa is not just a garden, it is a long cultural history,” said Lauro Marchetti, head of the Roffredo Caetani Foundation, which manages the garden some 70 kilometers (44 miles) from Rome.
    Caetani’s mother, an Englishwoman named Ada Wilbraham, was the founder of the garden. Caetani, a musician and a protege of Hungarian composer Frantz Liszt, came up with the streams and waterfalls to create bewitching melodies. “At night in the spot that we call ‘of the nightingales’, there is a real concert with the birdsong and the water,” Marchetti said.
  • World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
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    World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
    Rome: Rare plants, enchanting ruins and the tinkle of waterfalls: The English-style botanical oasis of Ninfa near Rome is a secret idyll billed as “the world’s most romantic garden.”
    The exquisite garden dates back to the late 19th century when the aristocratic Caetani family took over lands deserted for centuries including Ninfa, a town that was abandoned in the Middle Ages.
    The town once had 150 homes and seven churches — was ravaged by a civil war before becoming an artistic haven. “Ninfa is not just a garden, it is a long cultural history,” said Lauro Marchetti, head of the Roffredo Caetani Foundation, which manages the garden some 70 kilometers (44 miles) from Rome.
    Caetani’s mother, an Englishwoman named Ada Wilbraham, was the founder of the garden. Caetani, a musician and a protege of Hungarian composer Frantz Liszt, came up with the streams and waterfalls to create bewitching melodies. “At night in the spot that we call ‘of the nightingales’, there is a real concert with the birdsong and the water,” Marchetti said.
  • World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
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    World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
    Rome: Rare plants, enchanting ruins and the tinkle of waterfalls: The English-style botanical oasis of Ninfa near Rome is a secret idyll billed as “the world’s most romantic garden.”
    The exquisite garden dates back to the late 19th century when the aristocratic Caetani family took over lands deserted for centuries including Ninfa, a town that was abandoned in the Middle Ages.
    The town once had 150 homes and seven churches — was ravaged by a civil war before becoming an artistic haven. “Ninfa is not just a garden, it is a long cultural history,” said Lauro Marchetti, head of the Roffredo Caetani Foundation, which manages the garden some 70 kilometers (44 miles) from Rome.
    Caetani’s mother, an Englishwoman named Ada Wilbraham, was the founder of the garden. Caetani, a musician and a protege of Hungarian composer Frantz Liszt, came up with the streams and waterfalls to create bewitching melodies. “At night in the spot that we call ‘of the nightingales’, there is a real concert with the birdsong and the water,” Marchetti said.
  • World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
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    World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
    Rome: Rare plants, enchanting ruins and the tinkle of waterfalls: The English-style botanical oasis of Ninfa near Rome is a secret idyll billed as “the world’s most romantic garden.”
    The exquisite garden dates back to the late 19th century when the aristocratic Caetani family took over lands deserted for centuries including Ninfa, a town that was abandoned in the Middle Ages.
    The town once had 150 homes and seven churches — was ravaged by a civil war before becoming an artistic haven. “Ninfa is not just a garden, it is a long cultural history,” said Lauro Marchetti, head of the Roffredo Caetani Foundation, which manages the garden some 70 kilometers (44 miles) from Rome.
    Caetani’s mother, an Englishwoman named Ada Wilbraham, was the founder of the garden. Caetani, a musician and a protege of Hungarian composer Frantz Liszt, came up with the streams and waterfalls to create bewitching melodies. “At night in the spot that we call ‘of the nightingales’, there is a real concert with the birdsong and the water,” Marchetti said.
  • World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
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    World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
    Rome: Rare plants, enchanting ruins and the tinkle of waterfalls: The English-style botanical oasis of Ninfa near Rome is a secret idyll billed as “the world’s most romantic garden.”
    The exquisite garden dates back to the late 19th century when the aristocratic Caetani family took over lands deserted for centuries including Ninfa, a town that was abandoned in the Middle Ages.
    The town once had 150 homes and seven churches — was ravaged by a civil war before becoming an artistic haven. “Ninfa is not just a garden, it is a long cultural history,” said Lauro Marchetti, head of the Roffredo Caetani Foundation, which manages the garden some 70 kilometers (44 miles) from Rome.
    Caetani’s mother, an Englishwoman named Ada Wilbraham, was the founder of the garden. Caetani, a musician and a protege of Hungarian composer Frantz Liszt, came up with the streams and waterfalls to create bewitching melodies. “At night in the spot that we call ‘of the nightingales’, there is a real concert with the birdsong and the water,” Marchetti said.
  • World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
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    World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
    Rome: Rare plants, enchanting ruins and the tinkle of waterfalls: The English-style botanical oasis of Ninfa near Rome is a secret idyll billed as “the world’s most romantic garden.”
    The exquisite garden dates back to the late 19th century when the aristocratic Caetani family took over lands deserted for centuries including Ninfa, a town that was abandoned in the Middle Ages.
    The town once had 150 homes and seven churches — was ravaged by a civil war before becoming an artistic haven. “Ninfa is not just a garden, it is a long cultural history,” said Lauro Marchetti, head of the Roffredo Caetani Foundation, which manages the garden some 70 kilometers (44 miles) from Rome.
    Caetani’s mother, an Englishwoman named Ada Wilbraham, was the founder of the garden. Caetani, a musician and a protege of Hungarian composer Frantz Liszt, came up with the streams and waterfalls to create bewitching melodies. “At night in the spot that we call ‘of the nightingales’, there is a real concert with the birdsong and the water,” Marchetti said.
  • World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
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    World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
    Rome: Rare plants, enchanting ruins and the tinkle of waterfalls: The English-style botanical oasis of Ninfa near Rome is a secret idyll billed as “the world’s most romantic garden.”
    The exquisite garden dates back to the late 19th century when the aristocratic Caetani family took over lands deserted for centuries including Ninfa, a town that was abandoned in the Middle Ages.
    The town once had 150 homes and seven churches — was ravaged by a civil war before becoming an artistic haven. “Ninfa is not just a garden, it is a long cultural history,” said Lauro Marchetti, head of the Roffredo Caetani Foundation, which manages the garden some 70 kilometers (44 miles) from Rome.
    Caetani’s mother, an Englishwoman named Ada Wilbraham, was the founder of the garden. Caetani, a musician and a protege of Hungarian composer Frantz Liszt, came up with the streams and waterfalls to create bewitching melodies. “At night in the spot that we call ‘of the nightingales’, there is a real concert with the birdsong and the water,” Marchetti said.
  • World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
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    World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
    Rome: Rare plants, enchanting ruins and the tinkle of waterfalls: The English-style botanical oasis of Ninfa near Rome is a secret idyll billed as “the world’s most romantic garden.”
    The exquisite garden dates back to the late 19th century when the aristocratic Caetani family took over lands deserted for centuries including Ninfa, a town that was abandoned in the Middle Ages.
    The town once had 150 homes and seven churches — was ravaged by a civil war before becoming an artistic haven. “Ninfa is not just a garden, it is a long cultural history,” said Lauro Marchetti, head of the Roffredo Caetani Foundation, which manages the garden some 70 kilometers (44 miles) from Rome.
    Caetani’s mother, an Englishwoman named Ada Wilbraham, was the founder of the garden. Caetani, a musician and a protege of Hungarian composer Frantz Liszt, came up with the streams and waterfalls to create bewitching melodies. “At night in the spot that we call ‘of the nightingales’, there is a real concert with the birdsong and the water,” Marchetti said.
  • World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
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    World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
    Rome: Rare plants, enchanting ruins and the tinkle of waterfalls: The English-style botanical oasis of Ninfa near Rome is a secret idyll billed as “the world’s most romantic garden.”
    The exquisite garden dates back to the late 19th century when the aristocratic Caetani family took over lands deserted for centuries including Ninfa, a town that was abandoned in the Middle Ages.
    The town once had 150 homes and seven churches — was ravaged by a civil war before becoming an artistic haven. “Ninfa is not just a garden, it is a long cultural history,” said Lauro Marchetti, head of the Roffredo Caetani Foundation, which manages the garden some 70 kilometers (44 miles) from Rome.
    Caetani’s mother, an Englishwoman named Ada Wilbraham, was the founder of the garden. Caetani, a musician and a protege of Hungarian composer Frantz Liszt, came up with the streams and waterfalls to create bewitching melodies. “At night in the spot that we call ‘of the nightingales’, there is a real concert with the birdsong and the water,” Marchetti said.
  • World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
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    World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
    Rome: Rare plants, enchanting ruins and the tinkle of waterfalls: The English-style botanical oasis of Ninfa near Rome is a secret idyll billed as “the world’s most romantic garden.”
    The exquisite garden dates back to the late 19th century when the aristocratic Caetani family took over lands deserted for centuries including Ninfa, a town that was abandoned in the Middle Ages.
    The town once had 150 homes and seven churches — was ravaged by a civil war before becoming an artistic haven. “Ninfa is not just a garden, it is a long cultural history,” said Lauro Marchetti, head of the Roffredo Caetani Foundation, which manages the garden some 70 kilometers (44 miles) from Rome.
    Caetani’s mother, an Englishwoman named Ada Wilbraham, was the founder of the garden. Caetani, a musician and a protege of Hungarian composer Frantz Liszt, came up with the streams and waterfalls to create bewitching melodies. “At night in the spot that we call ‘of the nightingales’, there is a real concert with the birdsong and the water,” Marchetti said.
  • World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
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    World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
    Rome: Rare plants, enchanting ruins and the tinkle of waterfalls: The English-style botanical oasis of Ninfa near Rome is a secret idyll billed as “the world’s most romantic garden.”
    The exquisite garden dates back to the late 19th century when the aristocratic Caetani family took over lands deserted for centuries including Ninfa, a town that was abandoned in the Middle Ages.
    The town once had 150 homes and seven churches — was ravaged by a civil war before becoming an artistic haven. “Ninfa is not just a garden, it is a long cultural history,” said Lauro Marchetti, head of the Roffredo Caetani Foundation, which manages the garden some 70 kilometers (44 miles) from Rome.
    Caetani’s mother, an Englishwoman named Ada Wilbraham, was the founder of the garden. Caetani, a musician and a protege of Hungarian composer Frantz Liszt, came up with the streams and waterfalls to create bewitching melodies. “At night in the spot that we call ‘of the nightingales’, there is a real concert with the birdsong and the water,” Marchetti said.
  • World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
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    World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
    Rome: Rare plants, enchanting ruins and the tinkle of waterfalls: The English-style botanical oasis of Ninfa near Rome is a secret idyll billed as “the world’s most romantic garden.”
    The exquisite garden dates back to the late 19th century when the aristocratic Caetani family took over lands deserted for centuries including Ninfa, a town that was abandoned in the Middle Ages.
    The town once had 150 homes and seven churches — was ravaged by a civil war before becoming an artistic haven. “Ninfa is not just a garden, it is a long cultural history,” said Lauro Marchetti, head of the Roffredo Caetani Foundation, which manages the garden some 70 kilometers (44 miles) from Rome.
    Caetani’s mother, an Englishwoman named Ada Wilbraham, was the founder of the garden. Caetani, a musician and a protege of Hungarian composer Frantz Liszt, came up with the streams and waterfalls to create bewitching melodies. “At night in the spot that we call ‘of the nightingales’, there is a real concert with the birdsong and the water,” Marchetti said.
  • World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
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    World's most romantic garden, Which is the world's most romantic garden, Rome garden in oasis of Ninfa the most romantic garden, most beautiful garden, Ninfa, Caetani family, Lauro Marchetti, Roffredo Caetani foundation, Ada Wilbraham, Frantz Liszt
    Rome: Rare plants, enchanting ruins and the tinkle of waterfalls: The English-style botanical oasis of Ninfa near Rome is a secret idyll billed as “the world’s most romantic garden.”
    The exquisite garden dates back to the late 19th century when the aristocratic Caetani family took over lands deserted for centuries including Ninfa, a town that was abandoned in the Middle Ages.
    The town once had 150 homes and seven churches — was ravaged by a civil war before becoming an artistic haven. “Ninfa is not just a garden, it is a long cultural history,” said Lauro Marchetti, head of the Roffredo Caetani Foundation, which manages the garden some 70 kilometers (44 miles) from Rome.
    Caetani’s mother, an Englishwoman named Ada Wilbraham, was the founder of the garden. Caetani, a musician and a protege of Hungarian composer Frantz Liszt, came up with the streams and waterfalls to create bewitching melodies. “At night in the spot that we call ‘of the nightingales’, there is a real concert with the birdsong and the water,” Marchetti said.

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