Public gardens – Resistance Park

Built in 1816 to a design by the architect L. Mirri, the garden was part of a group of works that tended to redefine the outdoor area around the Cotogni Gate. The original plan was impressive: the geometries, based on circumferences, in fact created evocative and complex designs of symmetrical flower beds converging on a vast central space, enhanced by an obelisk surrounded by a fountain with four basins and associated seats; four statues of the seasons signaled as many opposite centralities of lesser size; finally, the avenues completed the conformation of an Italian garden. The background of the garden was marked by three architectural elements: on axis with the entrance, a small temple; on the corners, respectively, the caretaker’s house and the café, the typical 18th century building found in parks and used by the aristocracy to drink coffee or chocolate. Despite its emotional impact, the Public Garden was not appreciated by the people of Forlì, who complained that it was difficult to maneuver carriages. In 1820 the architect G. Missirini designed the entrance gate, supported by four columns that end in sculptures: female heads surmounted by flower pots, which were gutted after the Second World War. In 1828, the Municipality of Forlì decided to completely renovate the of the public garden. The intervention of the municipal engineer G. Santarelli led to a complete change in the original layout: the garden was reduced in size and elevated to allow for better drainage of water and rainwater; the pedestrian paths were divided into different routes according to the routes; a large service building was planned to replace the existing ones, as a backdrop to the large central avenue. The transformation and expansion studies of the Fascist twenty-year period were never implemented. were never realized, while in the 1970s a major intervention took the green area up to the Spazzoli Avenue, leaving the historical part. For those who wish to explore this fascinating green space, the main entrance is located in Piazzale della Vittoria, which can be reached on foot from Piazza Saffi via Corso della Repubblica. These public gardens, witnesses of different periods and interventions, offer a unique opportunity to see the history and beauty of Forli.

Park opening hours:
Open from 7.30 am until sunset.
Yearly.

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