Porta di Ferro, not far from the Greek settlement Paestu... - Secret World

Tenuta Porta di Ferro, Strada Provinciale, 312, 84091 Battipaglia SA, Italia

by Teresa Lotti


Porta di Ferro, not far from the Greek settlement Paestum, is on the fertile plain of the Sele river between the Amalfi and Cilento coasts. From the beginning of the 19th century to the present day, the land has been farmed. In the past buffalo were reared for milk and the proprietors bred horses; this until the drainage of the swampy Sele Plain in the 1930's when the herds were substituted by plantations. A modern agricultural system of orchards was gradually developed, specializing today in the cultivation of kiwi fruit. The family house was built around the late 17th century “Torre Grimalda”, a hunting lodge of the Doria d'Angri family. Lodgings, stables and coach houses, the dairy and bakery, the grain tower silos and the gardens all bear witness to the history of the property and its intensely rural and equestrian lifestyle over the centuries. Landscaping began on the property in the 20's with the planting of plane trees, cycas and palm trees from the Canary Islands. Further developments were made during the second half of the century when numerous different species were planted in the Twentieth Century Garden; Magnolia grandiflora, Araucaria excelsa,Pinus pinea, pomegranates, borders of hydrangeas, creeping bougainvilleas and shrubs. In recent years, the desire to develop a new and contemporary landscape has led to the development of the Kitchen Garden, the Garden at the Silos and the Experimental Garden.