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Forestiere Underground Gardens
Ranked #2 of 60 things to do in Fresno
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Take a tour off Highway 99 and visit Fresno's best kept secret. *A hand-built network of underground rooms, courtyards and passageways reminiscent of the ancient catacombs. *Unique fruit producing trees, shrubs, and vines growing underground - some over 90 years old! *Ancient Roman architecture - arches, vaults and stone-built walls. *Underground micro-climates - temperature variations of 10 to 30 degrees! *Underground home of Sicilian visionary and self-taught artist/builder Baldassare Forestiere.
Reviewed December 31, 2012

Went there in the summer with some friends. They brought their 5 year old nephew. He loved it. The adults enjoyed it as well. It's in a random location that looks kinda like a half-done garden from the raod, but once you get inside, there was so much to see and learn. Parking is a pain, but this wasn't built to be a tourist attraction. While it's not an "eight wonder of the world" type place, you will be amazed at the will and determination of one man. There are so many tunnels, so many interesting layout bits - you have to go see it yourself. The staff is great and the tours are educational. Go ahead and go see it - you won't regret it.

2  Thank Caliguy227
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Reviewed December 15, 2012

Parking is difficult but everyone should see this... It is on Shaw AVE near Golden State AVE. Thousands drive by everyday and not pay any attention. I'd say it is totally unique in the United States.

1  Thank John C
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Reviewed December 13, 2012

Great place for family or couples or if you are looking for some inspiration . This is place celebrates the greatness of the human mind and human will. I went there with a friend, in a hot summer Fresno day, we were amazed with all the tunnels, fruit trees and the innovation of this Forestiere's innovation. Very affordable and a great way to spend a long summer afternoon

1  Thank Anna D
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Reviewed December 13, 2012

Incredible place to visit! The efforts and determination of one man! Got to see it to believe it. I have visited this place four times and still every time I went, I just marvel at the sheer vision of one single man.

3  Thank inlandcalifornian
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

Many underground rooms, very interesting to see and the story is interesting too. Not to expensive. It was very busy the day we went to the tour was rushed. Would like to go again when we are not rushed and can look around more. They sell fruit in season to the people who take the tours, very reasonable price. We got pomagranates.

2  Thank SLC1UT2
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