Diverdeinverde 2018, the fifth edition

The 2018 edition of Diverdeinverde has now come to a close, flying by in what seemed to have been a magical instant. In order to mark this fifth year, we made some changes and improvements, some of which were suggested by visitors themselves. Our printed materials now include a brochure, allowing visitors to plan their visit in a more informed manner, and an overview chart, which was especially helpful to those who were not already familiar with our show. We also gave visitors a badge holder – this helped them keep track of their badges and avoided having people lose them like in previous years, and it also made it easier to gain access to the gardens.  Furthermore, we moved our logistical base to the Arena Orfeonica, the beautiful courtyard of a former convent that, in years to come, may allow us to offer more opportunities to meet and hold cultural events during the show.

There was an even greater sense of warmth and hospitality as compared to previous years; this came first and foremost from the generosity of the owners who opened up their gardens, welcoming visitors with kindness and courtesy; they were pleased to do it.  Visitors showed they were grateful for this special opportunity, as well as the wonderful welcome they received. Even the queues that formed in some gardens, which were small or had never before been open to the public, were seen as an opportunity to share impressions and exchange opinions and tips. Our young workers in their green shirts worked with great passion as always in order to make sure everything went as smoothly as possible. They were backed up by volunteers from the environmental guard.

There were about 5,300 visitors, most of whom came from Bologna, but there were also some who came from nearby cities and even the rest of Italy. There were also foreign visitors who came to Bologna just to visit Diverdeinverde,and this makes us happy and is gratifying because let’s not forget that the idea to create the show in 2014 was inspired by similar events in two European capitals: London and Amsterdam. Perhaps we have helped make Bologna a bit more international, and this is thanks as well to its gardens and the opportunity to visit the city in an alternative way.


Diverdeinverde is a project curated by the Villa Ghigi Foundation, conceived of and staged in collaboration with Silvia Cuttin. General coordination: Mino Petazzini and Silvia Cuttin.

Collaborators: Angela Antropoli, Emanuela Rondoni, Paolina Ceccarelli, Teresa Guerra, Silvia Salvatorelli, Antonietta Nardella, Ivan Bisetti, Valentina Bergonzoni, Irene Salvaterra, Isabella Fabbri (IBC Regione Emilia-Romagna), Fiorella De Leo (Garden Club Camilla Malvasia).

Coordinated image: Gloria Pernat, Riccardo Mazzoli.    Website: Camilla De Leo
Video: BlackLightsVisualStudio


We are grateful above all to the owners who have so generously and freely participated in the event by opening their gardens.

Special thanks go to the organizations, companies, associations and many friends that, in various ways, have helped us prepare and stage this event.

Comune di Bologna, Bologna Welcome, BAC – Bologna Ambiente Comune, Università di Bologna, Regione Emilia Romagna, Istituto Beni Culturali dell’Emilia-Romagna, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Camera di Commercio di Bologna, Confcommercio ASCOM, Confeserenti Bologna, FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano – Delegazione di Bologna, Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane – Sezione Emilia-Romagna, AIAPP Triveneneto ed Emilia-Romagna, Gardenia, Garden Club Camilla Malvasia, Coop Alleanza 3.0, Assicoop Bologna, Gruppo HERA, Caab, Arcadia Impianti, Fondazione Fico, NaturaSì, Associazione Orfeonica, Quartiere Santo Stefano, Flò Fiori, Museo della Musica, Card Musei Metropolitani Bologna, Ad Alta Voce, Scuola di Teatro Alessandra Galante Garrone, Pio Istituto Sordomute Povere, Bonifica Renana, Fondazione Zucchelli, Fondazione Gualandi, ASPPI.

Pietro Acri, Giovanni Arata, Lilia Battaglia, Alice Brignani, Roberto Diolaiti, Olga Durano, Giovanni Facchinetti Pulazzini, Neva Fanti, Mario Ferrara, Mattia Fontanella, Marina Forni, Paola Galletti, Cristina Giardini, Alessandro Hercolani, Matteo Lepore, Marinella Maleti, Alice Manfredini, Luca Maro, Patrizia Minghetti, Carlo Pagani, Osvaldo Panaro, Patrik Romano, Bruno Vicentini.

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