It’s no secret that Tuscany is well known for its stunning scenery and impressive landscapes. Rich in nature, Tuscany and its gardens are places you can truly immerse yourself.
Medici Villa Of Castello, Florence
The Villa Medici of Castello is an ancient building situated just moments away from Florence’s historical centre. The villa dates back to the 14th century but only became popular when the Medici Family bought it in 1477. The villa itself didn’t have a garden in the beginning, and the Medici family commissioned the project of the first Italian garden in history to Niccolò Tribolo. If you are lucky enough to get to visit Medici Villa of Castello, this magical three terrace garden will not disappoint. Laced with terracotta pots filled with citrus, unusual blooms and unlikely fruits, this garden will make you feel like you have stepped into a different world.
The gardens of Garzoni were created along with the Villa Garzoni back in the 17th Century, after being constructed by the Garzoni family. The villa’s garden is thought to have had its current characteristics as far back as 1652, and it is likely that Alessandro Garzoni was the first architect of the garden. However, it was redesigned in the 18th Century by Lucca architect Ottaviano Diodati, complete with large baths and water fountains. Wander through the carved-out hedges and bamboo forests, and be sure to look out for the stunning female statues. This garden is thought to have taken no less than 170 years to build, making it not only an extraordinary garden but a piece of art.
Villa Gamberaia, Settingnamo
This stunning villa dates back to the 14th century and has had a few owners, but its most significant transformation was its reconstruction in the early 1600s after being purchased by Zanobi Lapi. The gardens were then recomposed alongside the villa, and its latest intervention happened in the early 1900s. The villa itself is well known for these outstanding gardens that are located on the hills of Florence, filled with statues, fountains and even an aviary, all boarded by stunning woodland.
Giardino di Boboli
Giardino di Boboli is quite possibly the most well-known garden in Florence and is a place of historical importance. It was also designed by the Medici family. The gardens are adorned with grottos and large fountains including the Fountain of Neptune and the Fountain of the Ocean. This open-air museum holds oak trees that are centuries old, sculptures and holds a vast display of beautiful blooms. Visiting this garden will give you ample shade from the Florence heat and is a magical experience.
Giardini Dei Tarocchi, Florentine
The Giardini dei Tarocchi is a one-of-a-kind garden you cannot miss if you’re visiting Tuscany. The English translation is “The Tarot Garden”. Niki de Saint Phalles created this garden based on Tarot cards, and the project began in the ’70s. With Niki’s passing in 2002, the project ended, but these magically unique gardens are still open to experience and enjoy.
La Foce Garden
La Foce Garden faces Southern Tuscany’s scenic Val d’ Orcia, meaning this whole location is something of beauty. This absolutely stunning garden was the former estate of Iris Origo.
Iris Origo and her husband Antonio bought the estate, and they worked with architect Cecil Pinsent to restructure the main buildings and also create an abundant garden alongside it. The garden grew gradually between 1925 and 1939, housing lemon trees, rose gardens, lavender hedges, pines and fresh herbs. Cherry and cypress trees can also be found growing wildly amongst the estate, making this an enchanting floral experience.
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