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Forestiere Underground Gardens

5021 W Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93722
+1 559-271-0734
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One word.....GENIUS

The man that designed these underground gardens was truly a genius. He had the skills of an... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
mbaack
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altoona, ia
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Fresno's most unique spot

This gem doesn't look like much from the street, but do not leave town without visiting this... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
tadec5
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Florida
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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.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“unique place” (16 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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5021 W Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93722
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+1 559-271-0734
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The man that designed these underground gardens was truly a genius. He had the skills of an artist, architect & hard laborer all wrapped in one. This place does not look like much from outside, but once you see it inside you will be amazed...More

Thank mbaack
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This gem doesn't look like much from the street, but do not leave town without visiting this amazing place. The vision and genius will leave you speechless as well as wondering why you've never been here before. It's a wonderland of sorts of rooms and...More

Thank tadec5
Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much! We will pass on your kind words to Latieshka.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had heard and read about this place for couple of years - and finally a group of us on a bike run stopped to visit this place. Very deceiving from the outside, until you go on the tour. Amazing tour and history of the man...More

Thank Victor T
Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your kind words and we're glad you enjoyed the tour!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was raised nearby and had never been to the "gardens", so when a friend mentioned it I agreed. I had envisioned something very different -a huge, cavernous completely underground garden. It's not quite that but is a curious maze of tunnels and cubby hole...More

1  Thank CVB56
Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are glad you enjoyed the tour overall, and thanks for sharing the great tips!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I will give 5 stars for the history and the grounds themselves. The story is great and a very cool experience. It's terrific that something was preserved of Forestiere's life's work. To be blunt, a few of the people in my tour group insisted on...More

Thank Alejandra S
Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're so sorry for the rude guests on tour, and the problems with the tour guide's volume. We will work to make sure that this doesn't happen again, and thank you for your review.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While Fresno is not considered a tourist destination the Forestiere Underground Garden is worth an hour of your time. While there are citrus trees and flowers I would describe it more as an underground home than garden. The mere fact that one man created this...More

Thank Smiller5704
Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your kind review! We're glad you enjoyed the tour.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was informed that Fresno is not a destination spot and that is true. But should you be in Fresno en route to Yosemite or other amazing places Forestiere Underground Gardens are worth a stop. I loved hearing the story of this man's dream turning...More

Thank jpoppe2015
Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your kind words - we're glad you enjoyed the tour.

Reviewed 24 May 2017

It's an intresting place, its a must if you are in Fresno. Built as a way to run from Fresno hot days by Baldassare Forestiere, a Sicilian immigrant. A unique story behind it. The way it got built like the old Arabian built there old...More

1  Thank Barina2017
Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your review!

Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

I have been coming here since the seventies. Never disappoints. You will enjoy the much cooler temperatures under ground. There are even gentle breezes. The man knew what he was doing in this ingenious crafted wonderland that takes you on a journey back to Italy....More

Thank Russ R
Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review! Visiting our tour is indeed a great way to treat yourself to something unique.

Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

But nothing big to write home about. However worth ur time and $$. The guide was enthusiastic and helpful.

Thank harleenecb
Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're glad you thought the tour was worth your time and money, and thank you for posting a review!

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Forestiere U
What was your favorite part of the tour at the Forestiere Underground Gardens?
24 June 2017|
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Response from Bukashaus | Reviewed this property |
The actual underground gardens and living areas were amazing however we really enjoyed the whole experience.
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Maria C
What are the hrs during the week
5 June 2017|
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Response from Forestiere U | Property representative |
Our website has full details but our current hours are 10 am through 4 pm, Wednesday through Sunday. Here's the overview: MARCH - Saturday and Sunday only, 10 AM to 3 PM APRIL * MAY * SEPTEMBER * OCTOBER... More
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Juan G
Is there any parking
30 September 2016|
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Response from Forestiere U | Property representative |
Hello! We do not have a parking lot, but parking is available on Shaw Avenue and Forestiere Street, bordering the northern side and western side of our property.
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