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“Hidden Fresno Gem”

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 September 19, 2017

If you have been living in Fresno and not Visited the Underground Gardens you are missing out on a hidden gem just off of 99 and Shaw avenue. Best Time to visit is Spring and Fall even though it is underground it can still get a little warm in the Summer. I have been here a few times on field trips with students and each time it is amazing of how this was created in out hard pan dirt. Just an amazing achievement. Cost is around $5.00 per person

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Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded September 20, 2017

Hello and thank you for your kind review! We are glad that you enjoyed the field trips. Our prices, however, are $17 per adult, $15 per senior/college student/active duty military and $8 for children.

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Reviewed September 15, 2017 via mobile

We weer a bit late but that was not a problem.
Latieshka was our guide and she was great. She made the old times alive.
The tour was so interesting and the gardens are realy nice and cool. Worth visiting!

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Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2017

Thank you for your review and we will pass along your kind words to Latieshka.

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Reviewed September 14, 2017 via mobile

Very enjoyable tour. Knowledgeable tour guide. You would be hard pressed to find an Italian immigrant story like this one. The man spent 40 years creating an underground home/resort. At one time it was 80 acres; only 10 remain, but it is all quite extraordinary. Still operated by his descendants.

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Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2017

Thank you so much for your visit and your kind review!

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Reviewed September 8, 2017 via mobile

6 of us visited and was $17 each, $2 less for students. Our tour guide was Cami, she was so passionate and informative. The tour takes around 1 hour. The story is amazing and to see what one man achieved was unbelievable, its unfortunate that his family didnt have the same vision so much of the work was destroyed, its a network of an underground labyrinth. Im not giving anything else away about the story. Theres no parking so park on the road or any of the adjacent streets. All 6 of us enjoyed the tour.

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Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2017

Thank you for your review and we'll pass along your kind words to Cami!

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Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

A must see in Fresno if it fits your schedule. It is truly underground and COOLER than the streets. One man built and lived in this over many years. Has his original citrus trees still growing. Well worth your time and admission. We try to take all our out of town guests because it is a singular construction to walk thru and experience. See it

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Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2017

Thank you for the review and for bringing your out of town guests!

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