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San Guiliano

The villa and Gardens of the San Guiliano estate lie between Siracusa and Catania in Sicily. The 750 acre estate, is a lush oasis set in a relatively barren countryside.


GAP Photos/Clive Nichols/Garden Designer Rachel Lamb

Feature No:   3083 

Qty of Images:    39 


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The 800 year old family estate, owned by Marchesi Paterno Castello di San Giuliano, and has been farmed since the early 1800's to produce commercial citrus crops and vines. Today, besides the citrus fruit, they manufacture marmalades and biscuits and produce full bodied red wines. At the heart of the estate is a fortified farmhouse whose surrounding gardens have been remodelled, in collaboration with current Marchese (and his late wife, Fiamma Ferragamo) and latterly with creative design by English Garden designer, Rachel Lamb. The Marchese and his wife introduced huge cacti and exotics to the entrance to the farmhouse and introduced terraces and water features. Rachel, a true plantswoman, designed an oasis in a neglected stone walled garden to the rear of the house, with views over to Vesuvius. She brought to life the walled area, infusing the garden with fruit flower and fragrance. Lush planting is supported by a series of water-filled pools and rivulets which serve to irrigate the garden. Fruit trees, roses, lavender, lilies, poppies and more, decorate this sometimes productive garden which also proffers bundles of rosemary, mint, tarragon and clary sage.



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