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“Best hidden treasure!”

Forestiere Underground Gardens
Ranked #2 of 48 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.
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Best hidden treasure!”
Reviewed 21 July 2014

It was a "wow" moment from beginning to end. My favorite part was listening to our well verses guide tell us every detail of Baldasores life. You can tell she had a passion for her work. Our guides name is lakishka.

Visited July 2014
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Gainesville, Florida
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Buried Treasure in Fresno”
Reviewed 19 July 2014

We had a few hours to spend in Fresno before a flight and searched the internet for something to do. The place does not look impressive from the outside. There is a chain link fence around some dusty trees. When you enter you will be greeted by one of the gracious staff and wait for the next tour. Awaiting you under the surface is an impressive creation by an intriguing man. It is a one of a kind creation by an unusual artist with mysterious motivations. Our tour guide Amanda was friendly, funny, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. It might be pricier than you expect but it was well worth the price as there is a lot to see.

Visited July 2014
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Auburn, California
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

A great way to spend an hour. The underground house and gardens were amazing. The Italian gentleman took when could have been a hugh mistake and made a beutiful place to share with others. The guides could answer all the questions and one after the tour explain where the original entrance was and the auto path. When I saw the outside, I wondered why we were going to see it. now I would recommend it.

Visited July 2014
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Northampton, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“interesting”
Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

This was not what I was expecting! When you pull up it looks like nothing, but stay. It is very unique and you will never see anything quite like it. Check times for tours as they run every hour, and there isn't much else to do while you wait.

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Fernley, Nevada
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23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Nothing else like it!”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

Amazing and easy tour, even when it was 100 out the house was 80 degrees or less. Great guides and while it costs a bit, you will never see anything like it. Lovingly cared for, and while the sign is hard to see, it is well worth the effort. I grew up in Fresno and had never been here, what a gem! My family was amazed, definitely a place you want to take visitors of all ages. I learned so much about what one person can accomplish, very inspirational and amazing.

Visited July 2014
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