Celebrating Italy at Dyffryn Gardens

The Italian garden at Dyffryn Gardens

If you're having a staycation this year we've got you covered. Enjoy a flavour of Italy right here in south Wales. Find out what we're doing this summer to celebrate all things Italian, from the Pompeiian garden to the Italian kitchen plot there's something to make you feel you're sipping chianti on the continent.

Visit our Italian kitchen garden

We've turned over part of the upper kitchen garden to an Italian vegetable plot. Each of the vegetables grown here are known for their appearances in Italian cooking. See aubergines, tomatoes, beans and purple cauliflower and take a look inside our garden shed to feel like you're there.

Explore our Italian garden trail

Follow the terracotta tiles around the garden and have a go at spotting Italian architectural features, garden features, herbs and vegetables within the garden rooms. 

Be Inspired in the Pompeiian garden

Be transported to Italy in our Pompeiian Garden
The Pompeiian garden at Dyffryn Gardens
Be transported to Italy in our Pompeiian Garden

This garden was built in 1909 and was part of the original Mawson design. Commissioned by Reginald Cory it was inspired by his trips to Italy earlier in his life. With its colonnades, loggia and fountain you can see the country's impact on the garden. 

Taste our produce in our cafes

A large portion of the produce from our two walled gardens is used in the dishes in our cafes. The rest you can buy from the shop. This year we'll be adding an Italian twist to our dishes, from sundried tomato in our welsh rarebit to Sicilian lemon cheesecake there's something for all palettes.