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Garden in the Valley Cernobbio

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Garden consisting of reclaimed land that had previously been a garbage dump. The project began in the 1980s and was the genius idea of Mrs. Pupa Frati (affectionately known as Grandma Pupa). The Association of the "Garden in the Valley" is a non-profit, non-denominational, apolitical group who’s sole and principal activity is the maintenance and improvement of the "Garden of the Valley". After many years of daily devotion and determined and passionate activity, the "Garden of the Valley" became an oasis of tranquility and reflects a tribute to nature, a meeting place for children, teens, adults, seniors, painters, photographers, musicians, poets and writers. An unprecedented  meeting point for the local community and for the many tourists who visit and love our wonderful Lake Como.

History

Once upon a time there was a garbage dump bordered on one side by the ancient stone walls of Cernobbio’s Villa D’Este and on the other by the Garrovo stream, which runs from Monte Bisbino all the way down to Lake Como. Walking past the dump during her daily stroll,  Mrs. Pupa Frati became convinced that it was not only possible, but also necessary to reclaim this land and return it to its original, natural beauty.

Grandma Pupa approached the municipality (Comune) and asked if she could undertake to clean up the dump: "Originally it was a place that was forgotten, overgrown and completely covered by garbage and debris. Everyone knew about it, but no one thought to do anything about it." With her own hands and without any outside financial or organizational help – Pupa, with the participation of some friends (and her grandchildren) began to systematically clean up the garbage and reclaim the land. Today, roughly 20 years later, the public garden known as GDV is a tribute not only to Pupa’s determination, vision and persistence, but is also a small piece of Paradise in the heart of Cernbbio.