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Forestiere Underground Gardens

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Address: 5021 W. Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93722
Phone Number: 559-271-0734
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Description: Dug out by hand over a 40-year period, more than 90 rooms, patios, gardens...
Dug out by hand over a 40-year period, more than 90 rooms, patios, gardens and courtyards lie underneath a 4.5-acre piece of land.
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Amazing Garden Tour

I took my 89 year old mother on a first time tour of Forestiere Gardens earlier in May. What a fabulously amazing and curious place. We were both enthralled with the enginuity... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Fresno, California
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Fresno, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I took my 89 year old mother on a first time tour of Forestiere Gardens earlier in May. What a fabulously amazing and curious place. We were both enthralled with the enginuity of this singularly amazing individual. How he came to grips with the challenges he met on his journey chasing his dream is a story that should be told... More 

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Chesterton, Indiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The whole history of this place was fascinating. All the staff were great...we had a terrific guide. Would definitely recommend.

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Vista, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We have been wanting to see Forestiere Underground Gardens since we watched a segment on California Gold with Huell Howser. I am glad the family is keeping the "gardens" open and giving the tours. The guide we had was very knowledgeable and since there were only 2 of us on this tour, she made us feel special by answering all... More 

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Salinas, California
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Interesting well done tour. I think the term "gardens" is a bit misleading since it's mainly just a few fruit trees. Some are an interesting blend of different types of citrus. It was fun to see the actual living areas and hear the story and history of the place.

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Cayucos, CA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Wonderful surprise in this area. Amazing gardens and the tour is completely worth the price of the tour.

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LA
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11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I have been traveling to Fresno on business for many years. When traveling I try to take in some of the local sites. This time I made a point to get to Fresno early in the afternoon so I could have time to visit this historic site. What ambition Mr. Forestiere had! He came from Sicily to open a citrus... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We were so lucky to find this unique garden. The place is great to tour on an extremely hot day. Why don't more people live underground?

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Fareham
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69 reviews 69 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 via mobile

We were staying in Fresno overnight and had found details of these underground gardens on the Fresno Things to Do website. We visited on a day when the outside temperature was nearing 100F so the cool and interesting underground tour was welcome relief from the heat of the day! The tour is comprehensive, well organised, and informative! One man's life's... More 

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Missoula, Montana
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36 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We had expected some underground gardens but it really is a series of tunnels that were carved out to make a home and other rooms. The intention was to build a resort but it was never finished. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and very friendly. They only have guided tours to of the underground area. Well worth seeing, very... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

For Balasadere Forestiere to dig such a large area underground making it his home, also digging and building a ballroom, planting trees, with irrigation system, vine cellar , summer and winter bedroom also hoping to have a restaurant in his underground cave home is amazing took him most of his life. What an incredible home he built. What a mind... More 

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