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Forestiere Underground Gardens

5021 W Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93722-5026
+1 559-271-0734
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Remarkable underground areas

The ability of one man to construct such an elaborate living quarters underground is remarkable... read more

Reviewed today
H O
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Amazing What One Man Can Do

This has been viewed worldwide and no wondering why. First of all, we had the BEST tour guide... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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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” (37 reviews)
“hard work” (19 reviews)
“fruit trees” (30 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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5021 W Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93722-5026
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+1 559-271-0734
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Reviewed today via mobile

The ability of one man to construct such an elaborate living quarters underground is remarkable. Don't expect a ferris wheel or an exciting time like that but it is something that is definitely worth seeing in Fresno on your way through. As the tours start...More

Thank H O
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This has been viewed worldwide and no wondering why. First of all, we had the BEST tour guide. Donald, you did a fantastic job. I had learned more on this tour than the previous one. Details are important and Donald shared them. This is an...More

Thank VickiG95340
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Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much for your review, your tips for success and your kind words about Donald. We will pass them along.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This was an interesting think to do. Like many hot weather attempts to keep cool this was interesting. Too much heat on the brain will make you crazy. Still, you have to admire his dedication, just like Burro Schmitt Tunnel, Giant Rock, and Salvation Mountain....More

Thank Ray S
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Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your visit and your review!

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Reviewed 4 days ago

So glad we checked this place out. We were housesitting in Fresno and came across this place online and took a chance. It is a piece of human history, not just Fresno history. It is a standing testament to what is possible with hard work...More

Thank Kailia82
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Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for your visit and your kind words! We are glad you appreciated all the hard work that went into the place, as well as Baldassare's vision.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The underground gardens are both weird and cool in equal measure. Our enthusiastic tour guide made us really appreciate the place and it’s origins, adding to the experience. Not too pricey either.

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

Ha ha! We loved this review and thank you for sharing your experience!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I think I have found my calling, I want to get back home to Texas & start construction on my own. I enjoyed this mans vision as if it were my own work: “To make something with a lot of money, that is easy; but...More

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

We thank you so much for your visit and review! We hope to hear about your own building projects. Good luck!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The private handmade underground rooms and tunnels and gardens are amazing. The visit must be guided and takes about an hour. It is hard to explain till you see it yourself. I wished that they are functional cafe serving its own citrus drinks to cool...More

5  Thank Miho A
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Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your visit! We're glad you enjoyed the cooler underground temperatures, and agree that a cafe would be a nice touch!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had never heard of this place before, but with a spare day in Fresno we found this listed as one of the top attractions. The original owner of the land, who intended to plant citrus trees had not known that there was a hard...More

3  Thank Mikesee060
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Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your visit and for and excellent review. We appreciate your visit and your comments about the tour guide and site!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited after a suggestion from in laws. Very cool, great tour guide (Lateshka) we all were in awe and would suggest this to anyone. Great to stay out of the heat as well!

1  Thank Lyndsey H
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Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much! We will pass along your kind words to Latieshka!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The guided tour was relaxed and conducted by a very cheerful and knowledgeable guide who was very passionate about the lifetime achievment of this truely amazing man who built this incredible place.

Thank camaronz
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Forestiere U, Manager at Forestiere Underground Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words, your visit and your review!

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Sumita1986
1 April 2018|
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Response from Forestiere U | Property representative |
Yes - we are open on April 1st - our cost is $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $8 for children ages 5 - 17
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Judy0000
5 March 2018|
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Response from Forestiere U | Property representative |
Yes! We will be open Wednesday through Sunday in September.
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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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