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"Heritage, headquarters of Napoleon III" Top 5 Page for this destination Valeggio sul Mincio Things to Do Tip by matcrazy1

Valeggio sul Mincio Things to Do: 158 reviews and 173 photos

by matcrazy1

Gardens reflects more than the landscape, flora, and climate of their environments but also the heritage. The Sigurta Gardens reflect the history, architectural styles, and influences of the cultures that made them. I realized it when I saw these excavations of old, made of stones walls and later, when I got to know impressive history of this unique place.

The history of the Sigurta Gardens began when "walled garden" of the Villa Maffei was built by V. Pellesina, a Palladio student in 1617.


In 1859, there was the headquarters of Emperor Napoleon III in this place.

Napoleon III (1808 - 1873), son of Napoleon I, was the Emperor of France in 1852 - 1870. He strongly and succesfully supported fast development of industry (railway), commerce and banking. Napoleon's foreign ventures were successful at first, too. The Crimean War (1854-56) and the Congress of Paris in 1856 restored French leadership on the Continent.

Napoleon then turned toward Italy. He wanted France and Sardinia to expel Austria from Italy and to establish an Italian federation of four states under the presidency of the pope. When war broke out in 1859 the Emperor of France Napolen III made border, that time, area of today's Sigurta Gardens his headquarters. The French and Sardinians defeated the Austrians. The victory was so costly, however, that Napoleon signed a separate armistice at nearby Villafranca di Verona. Austria retained Venetia, and Sardinia gained only Lombardy.

Later on, in 20th century, during 40 years, Carlo Sigurta (1898 - 1983), took an advantage of a century old right to take water from yhe Mincio River and made a miracle: changed arid hillside into luxuriant space. His grandson, Enzo Sigurta, created a prototype of the Garden Park. The Sigurta Gardens were open to the public in 1978 and from the beginning became "Temple of Nature".

Address: Via Cavour,1; 37067 Valeggio sul Mincio (VR),Italy
Directions: North of the town centre (10 - 20 min. on foot). Details in my transportation tip "To Sigurta gardens"
Phone: + 39 (45) 637-10-33

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