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Forestiere Underground Gardens

5021 W Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93722
+1 559-271-0734
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Very Interesting

WONDERFUL, wonderful, wonderful tour guide. When my family and I arrived, we did not know what to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kara285
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Kent, Ohio
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What a Pleasant Surprise

After living in Fresno most of my life, my grand kids and I were invited to join friends to tour... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
LJLong51
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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.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“our tour guide” (36 reviews)
“fruit trees” (30 reviews)
“hard work” (18 reviews)
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 2 weeks ago via mobile

WONDERFUL, wonderful, wonderful tour guide. When my family and I arrived, we did not know what to expect. After our tour, we were blown away by the beauty, science, and detail of this underground "resort."

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After living in Fresno most of my life, my grand kids and I were invited to join friends to tour the Underground Gardens. I was so surprised at how large of a property it was and how amazing the history was. It was awe inspiring...More

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Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

A great place for everyone. A lot of history and fun facts. Went with the family and everyone loved it.

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Reviewed 22 December 2017

What an amazing story of an Italian immigrant and his year's long pursuit of a beautiful underground home with fruit trees growing right through the roof. We have been here many times with friends and visitors and never tire of hearing the stories and seeing...More

Thank PhoenixPhoodie16
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Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2017

Thank you so much for your visits and your kind review!

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Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

Have never forgotten this beautiful unique home. I want my son to see it. I would like to know if the whole place can be seen know. Back then the majority was closed to tourists. Engineers had not allowed whole place to be seen. Colleen.

Thank Colleen C
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Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2017

We're glad the memory of the place stayed with you! Unfortunately, most of the original structure was destroyed through the building of highway 99 - but the tour covers 2.5 acres and is the "heart" of the gardens.

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Reviewed 12 December 2017 via mobile

Who would have thought you could get all that under the ground without power tools... very interesting.

Thank Deatra T
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Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2017

Thank you so much for visiting and for your review! Amazing, isn't it?

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Reviewed 1 December 2017 via mobile

We had a wonderful experience seeing this beautiful creations and learning the history behind it. Our tour guide Alondra, did an amazing job and demonstrate her passion about Forestiere Undergrounds Gardens. We also has the opportunity to meet Mr. Ricardo Forestiere descendant of the first...More

Thank Yaminee F
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Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 December 2017

Thank you so much for your visit and your kind words. We will pass along your review to Alondra.

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Reviewed 30 November 2017

Closed for several years over disagreeming within the family on who would own and how it would be handled was finally settled and opened for public viewing. One man who spent his live digging with pick and shovel in the hard Fresno Clay soil to...More

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Reviewed 24 November 2017

we were all gob smacked at this amazing place how did one man do all that it was awsome. if i ever go back to Fresno i would go and see this again

Thank Peter B
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Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2017

Thank you for your review and your visit!

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Reviewed 21 November 2017

My husband and I came here last Labor Day weekend with our toddler and loved it, however we wanted to go back with just the adults so we just went this past week (mid November) with a friend visiting here from out of state and...More

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Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2017

Thank you so much for your multiple visits and your wonderful review!

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Forestiere U
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
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
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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