Cardeto Park is a large park, located in the northern part of the city, which stretches over the Cappuccini and Cardeto Hills, and spans across 35 hectares in three districts.
“Cardeto” in Italian means thistle, a plant that once grew abundantly in these areas. Its seeds are the prefered food of the goldfinch, which used to live here in large populations.
On July 25th 2010, the park was dedicated to Franco Scataglini, a famous local poet, on the 80th anniversary of his birth.
Plans to create the park were drafted in 1972. In 1988, the “Committee for Cardeto Park”, a community association, obtained from the local government that the area be protected.
The park was inaugurated in 2005, in memory of Paolo Luccioni, president of the Committee, who had passed away nine years earlier.
Cardeto Park is mainly shrubland featuring the broom, Mediterranean buckthorn, hawthorn, honeysuckle, flowering ash, and cypress. The wallflower, caper and snapdragon grow on walls exposed to the south.
The park, a popular place to relax, do sports, picnic or just go for a stroll, that offers visitors beautiful views of the city and the Riviera, also includes some landmarks of historical value:
Reasons to visit:
- It’s in the heart of the city
- A place where history and nature meet
- Breathtaking views
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