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Bellosguardo (Park of Villa di)

Via di Bellosguardo 54 – Lastra a Signa – Firenze

+39 055 8721783

www.villacaruso.it

Description

The garden was designed by Giuliano Fiaccheri towards the end of the 17th century probably for Orazio Roberto Pucci. The arcade that unites the two symmetrical bodies of the villa was added in 1915 by the architect Sabatini when the tenor Caruso was the owner. The garden has a rhombus shape, and a perspective system of "views" unites the park to the surrounding country: it is very difficult to perceive the original design due to the enclosure wanted by Caruso.

Notes

Administration office opening hours: Monday-Friday: 8.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m. Properties: Municipality of Lastra a Signa. The toilets are in the museum inside the villa. The park is open also for private parties and ceremonies from Monday till Friday.

Opening Hours

Monday and Tuesday closed. Wednesday and Thursday: 10.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m. Friday-Saturday-Sunday (and holidays): 10.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m./3.00-6.00 p.m. – in June, July and August: 10.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m./4.00-7.00 p.m. From November to February Saturday and Sunday only 10am-1pm/2-4.30pm. The park is open during the following holidays: 6th January, Easter Monday, 25th April, 11th November, 8th December. It is closed during the following holidays: 1st January, Easter, 1st May, 2nd June, 15th August, 1st November, 25th-26th December.

Prices

€ 5. Reduced ticket € 4: 12-18 years old, for groups of minimum 20 people, for the disabled and owners of special membership cards. Free of charge till 12 and over 65 years old.

Disabled Access

Access: Yes
Accessible Restrooms: Yes

Masterpieces

- memorial tablet in Latin with translation in Italian that urges the guest to linger in meditation - villa: the right side was once the country house, built probably at the end of the 16th century by the abbot Alessandro Pucci (the design is maybe by Giovanni Antonio Dosio); the second construction, originally of modest size and destined to be the function of a barn, was enlarged in the course of time till the actual size - splendid staircase in stone of a polygonal shape - stone flight of steps - two feminine statues representing Spring and Summer frame three boulevards - stone figures - column erected at the end of the works by Caruso.

Flora & Fauna

- geometrical box "parterre" - collection of citrus plants in terra cotta vases - wings of ilex, laurel and viburnum - two stretches of lawn, surrounded by box - a majestic wild lime-tree.

Accessibility

Toilets and partial access for the disabled.

How to get here

From Stazione S.M. Novella by train until Signa, then walk for 3 kilometres.

Source: Tourist Information Centers City of Florence - Piazza Stazione 4, [email protected] - Loggia del Bigallo, [email protected]

Capponi (Garden of Villa)

Via Pian dei Giullari 4 – Arcetri – Firenze

+39 055 223465

Description

Garden with terraces on different levels. The garden, which comprises terraces on different levels, extends along the Pian dei Giullari hillside. The first terrace, behind the villa, enriched with an ancient wisteria, is a broad grassy area. To the east, on the same level, is the entrance to a secret garden, rectangular in layout and edged in box hedges. To the west are other two secret gardens with box-edged parterres and surrounded by high walls. A gate leads to the second garden, at the centre of which stands a stone lily-pool. Tall rows of cypresses surround a recently-built swimming pool.

Opening Hours

By appointment only and for groups of al least 10 people.

Prices

€ 10.

How to get here

From Piazza Stazione (bus stop “Stazione Pensilina” or “Stazione Scalette”) bus 11 (direction Due Strade), or bus 12 (bus stop “Stazione Parcheggio”, direction Porta Romana/Piazzale Michelangelo) till Porta Romana, from here bus 38C (direction Poggio Imperiale/Pian dei Giullari) only on request at the following numbers: 800 019794 from a fixed phone. It is compulsory to phone at least 1 hour in advance.

Source: Tourist Information Centers City of Florence - Piazza Stazione 4, [email protected] - Loggia del Bigallo, [email protected]

Careggi (Garden of Villa di)

Viale Pieraccini 17

+39 055 4384045

Description

The villa was bought by the father of Cosimo the Old who had it enlarged by Michelozzo in 1454. It was the seat of the Platonic Academy, and the restoration, wanted by Cosimo I, added the frescos cycles by Pontormo and Bronzino. By the mid 19th century the park was transformed according to the "Romanticism" taste of the owner Fracio Joseph Slogane. Today it belongs to the hospital. An understanding of the original design is not permitted by the trees that have been planted after. Of particular interest are the lemon-house and the grotto under the villa.

Notes

CLOSED FOR RESTORATION. Mrs Vivoli answers at the phone. Properties: Heritage of the Tuscany Region.

How to get here

From Piazza Stazione (bus stop “Stazione Largo Alinari”) bus 14 (direction Ospedale Careggi/Tolentino).

Source: Tourist Information Centers City of Florence - Piazza Stazione 4, [email protected] - Loggia del Bigallo, [email protected]

Castello (Garden of Villa di)

Via di Castello 47 – Castello – Firenze

+39 055 452691

Description

It is the first of the Medici gardens, wanted by Cosimo the Old and designed by Tribolo as an allegory of the good government of the Medici. It is characterized by statues and by the well known grotto, and very important artists worked in it: Pierino da Vinci, Bartolomeo Ammannati, Giambologna. It was finished towards the end of the 16th century, at the time of the Grand Duke Ferdinando I. In the second half of the 18th century the labyrinth was dismantled , the fountain of Fiorenza was removed and put inside the villa and was substituted by the fountain with the sculptured group of "Hercules who strangles Anteo" by Ammannati, and the central part of the garden was substantially changed. Leopoldo II wanted the two English style parks of Castello and Petraia and the boulevard that connects the two villas.

Notes

Properties: State. Coffee-machine.

Opening Hours

November-February 8.15 a.m.-4.30 p.m. March 8.15 a.m.-5.30 p.m. April, May, September, October 8.15 a.m.-6.30 p.m. June-August 8.15 a.m.-7.30 p.m. N.B. in March and October the time table changes according to the legal and solar hour. Closing time second and third Monday of the month, 1/1, 1/5, 25/12. Last entrance 1 hour before the closing time.

Prices

Free of charge.

Disabled Access

Access: Yes
Accessible Restrooms: Yes

Masterpieces

- fountains of Fiorenza and "Hercules who strangles Anteo" by Tribolo and Pierino da Vinci that worked at them from 1538 till 1548; the bronze of Fiorenza-Firenze is by Giambologna: the purified water that was coming down from the plait of the statue was the symbol of the creation of a Medici Eden (paradise) – grotto of the animals: the idea is by Tribolo, and after his death other artists worked on it: Vasari, who maybe modified the project by Tribolo; Francesco Ubertino known as Bachiacca, the probable author of the wonderful basins with the festoons of fish and shells; Bartolomeo Ammannati, who in 1558 melted in bronze some figures of animals; Giambologna, who in 1567 made the bronze birds that are now in the Bargello museum - Appennino fountain by Ammannati (1563).

Flora & Fauna

- collection of azaleas - box hedges - ancient roses, peonies and spring bulbs - aromatic plants - in the "stufa dei mugherini", which is a warm greenhouse wanted by Cosimo III, the very delicate jasmine from Goa (known also as jasmine of the Grand Duke - Jasmin Sambac) is cultivated - fruit plants and vines - iris - some dwarf pear-trees - citrus, more than 1.000 plants in vase, all of them originated by the ancient collection; the most original variety is the Citrus aurantium "Bizzarria" (eccentricity): it has hybrid fruits, half orange and half cedar, of yellow, orange and green colour. This variety is nowadays cultivated in the garden by Paolo Galeotti, who has been credited to have found and reproduced through the process of grafting this singular, stupefying variety.

Accessibility

Partial access for the disabled.

How to get here

From Piazza Stazione (bus stop “Stazione Palazzo dei Congressi”) bus 28 (direction Sesto) then walk for 400 metres.

Source: Tourist Information Centers City of Florence - Piazza Stazione 4, [email protected] - Loggia del Bigallo, [email protected]

Fonte Lucente (Garden of Villa Peyron at the Wood of)

Via di Vincigliata 2 – Fiesole – Firenze

+39 055 5978278

www.bardinipeyron.it

Description

Paul Peyron inherited the villa from Angelo Peyron and, since 1934, began to work for the creation of a garden that grows continuously. After the damage suffered in the last war he began the reconstruction work, and so created an Italian garden, terraces, stairways connecting the space for music dedicated to Riccardo Muti lookout over the lake, the beds of boxwood , the lake, the woods decorated with ancient architecture and garden statues from Veneto. Water is an essential element of the garden, there are as many as 29 fountains.

Notes

The telephone number is Villa Bardini's. Properties: Fondazione Parchi Monumentali Bardini e Peyron (Monumental Parks Bardini and Peyron Foundation).

Opening Hours

From 1st March to 3rd November: Friday, Saturday and Saturday 10am-6pm. Last entrance 5pm.

Prices

€ 10.00. Tickets for the villa have to be obtained at the concierge.

Disabled Access

Access: Yes

Masterpieces

Ancient garden architectures - about 80 statues coming from Veneto, spread out in the garden and in the wood - 29 fountains realized with elements of various origin.

Flora & Fauna

Ancient garden architectures - about 80 statues coming from Veneto, spread out in the garden and in the wood - 29 fountains realized with elements of various origin.

Accessibility

Partial access for the disabled.

How to get here

From Piazza S. Marco bus 7 (direction Fiesole), from the last bus stop bus 47.

Source: Tourist Information Centers City of Florence - Piazza Stazione 4, [email protected] - Loggia del Bigallo, [email protected]

Gamberaia (Garden of Villa)

Via del Rossellino 72 – Settignano – Firenze

+39 055 697205

www.villagamberaia.it

Description

The story of the garden started at the beginning of the 17th century when the property belonged to Zanobi di Andrea Lapi. At the beginning of the 18th century the villa was bought by the Capponi family and the property remained in its hands till 1854, and then it passed from hand to hand till it was bought by the Princess Ghyka in 1896. Martino Porcinai, head-gardener of the Princess, and Luigi Messeri created the modern garden of Villa Gamberaia. The property then passed through various hands: in 1924 it was bought by Matilde Layard Cassa, Baroness von Ketteler. Towards the end of the 20th century the baroness donated the property to the Holy See, but soon it was bought by Marcello Marchi who accomplished important works of restoration. It passed then to the Marchi heirs and, in 1955, was assigned to Luigi Zalum and his wife Franca Marchi.

Notes

Properties: Zalum family. Bookshop.

Opening Hours

Monday-Saturday: 9.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m. Sundays and holidays: 9.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m. Closing time 1 hour earlier at the end of E.U. summer-time.

Prices

€ 10.00; students € 8.00. The visit to the villa (only the ground floor) is possible only for groups of minimum 10 people booking in advance through the e-mail: an extra charge of € 5 is required.

Disabled Access

Access: Yes

Masterpieces

- "gabinetto di roccaglia" (rock garden), with a prolonged elliptical plan, and with walls decorated with niches and terra cotta statues. From the back wall emerged some figures that nowadays are partly lost. The water games, which still exist, are operated from a place inside the connecting staircase: they are water jets designed to purposely douse the visitors that stop to admire the splendid sandstone fountain - Nymphaeum: it is a theatre created probably for music and rendered enigmatic by the presence of the divinity that emerges from the niche excavated in the hill (maybe it is Dionysus, because of the shepherds and the musicians at its side).

Flora & Fauna

- secular cypresses - a big larch pine - two "selvatici" (wild areas), one of them of secular ilexes - lemon-garden - flowering of arboreal peonies - "Albertine" roses - periwinkle underwood - box hedges – yews - azaleas collection.

Accessibility

Partial access for the disabled.

How to get here

From Piazza S. Marco bus 10 (direction Settignano) till the last bus-stop, then walk for 10 minutes.

Source: Tourist Information Centers City of Florence - Piazza Stazione 4, [email protected] - Loggia del Bigallo, [email protected]

Iris (Garden of the)

Piazza Michelangelo (angolo Viale dei Colli)

+39 055 483112

Description

From 1251 the iris has been the symbol of Florence: ever since 1954 this garden has been keeping and showing the most beautiful varieties of this flower and has 2.500 species. Every year in May, during the blossoming, the international exhibition-competition of the iris takes place in this garden.

Notes

Properties: Municipality of Florence. The office of the Iris Society is in via Bolognese 17. The competition takes place from 7th till 12th May and the prize-giving will be 12th May at 10.00 a.m. in the "Salone de' Dugento" in Palazzo Vecchio. In the bookshop there are no fixed prices but one can leave a donation.

Opening Hours

Open from 25th April till 20th May: 10.00 a.m.-12.30 p.m./3.00p.m.-7.00 p.m. every day. Contact hours by phone: Tuesday and Friday: 10.00 a.m-12.30 p.m. (Società Italiana dell'Iris).

Prices

Free of charge.

Disabled Access

Access: Yes

Flora & Fauna

- 2500 specimens of iris.

Accessibility

Only partial access for the disabled since it is on a hill; the entrance for the disabled is by the little path parallel to the street but it is necessary to call in advance.

How to get here

From Piazza Stazione (bus stop “Stazione Parcheggio”) bus 12 (direction Porta Romana/Piazzale Michelangelo) and 13 (direction Stazione Campo Marte/Piazzale Michelangelo).

Source: Tourist Information Centers City of Florence - Piazza Stazione 4, [email protected] - Loggia del Bigallo, [email protected]

Le Balze (Garden of Villa)

Via Vecchia Fiesolana 26 – Fiesole – Firenze

+39 055 59208

www.villalebalze.org

Description

The American philosopher Charles Augustus Strong, in 1914, entrusted the construction of the villa and the garden to the English landscapist Cecil Pinset and the architecture historian Geoffrey Scott. Having to use a long and narrow terracing, the composition is centred on the villa at whose sides the "stanze di verzura" (a little ilex wood cut in a certain shape and the lemon-garden with a central basin) open, and, under the staircase, we find the grotto, typical of the Italian baroque style garden. The end of the garden is marked with the stone statue of a hermit.

Notes

Property: Georgetown University from Washington.

Opening Hours

Contact hours: Monday-Friday: 9.00-12.00/14.00-16.00. Opening hours: only by appointment. Last entrance at 3.30 p.m.

Prices

One usually leaves a donation for the maintenance of the garden.

Disabled Access

Access: Yes

Masterpieces

- stone statue of a hermit - grotto.

Flora & Fauna

- ilex wood - lemons - lavender and iris.

Accessibility

Partial access for the disabled.

How to get here

From Piazza S. Marco bus 7 (direction Fiesole) till the last bus-stop, then walk for about 10 minutes taking via Vecchia Fiesolana.

Source: Tourist Information Centers City of Florence - Piazza Stazione 4, [email protected] - Loggia del Bigallo, [email protected]

Orticoltura (Garden of)

Via Bolognese 17

+39 055 483698

Description

In 1854 the "Societa Toscana d'Orticoltura" (Tuscan Society of Horticulture) was constituted. In the second half of the 19th century the garden got larger and Giacomo Roster designed the big tepidarium, inaugurated in 1880. The little loggia "Bondi" by the architect Castellucci was realized in 1911. The Municipality of Florence bought the garden in 1930 and designated the area as a public garden. In 1990 the "snake" was completed with decorations of different materials following the project of Marco Dezzi Bardeschi.

Notes

+39 055 2768751 sig. Baldi, +39 055 2768753 sig. Marini (Quartiere 5). Library +39 055 4627142. Property: Municipality of Florence. Toilets are inside the library (the librarians let people in to use the facilities also when the library is closed).

Opening Hours

October-March 8.30 a.m.-6.00 p.m.; April, May, September 8.30 a.m.-7.00 p.m.; June-August 8.30 a.m.-8.00 p.m.

Prices

Free entrance, it is a public garden.

Disabled Access

Access: Yes
Accessible Restrooms: Yes

Masterpieces

- iron and glass tepidarium by Giacomo Roster (1879-80) - little loggia "Bondi" by the architect Giuseppe Castellucci (1911) - "snake" by Marco Dezzi Bardeschi.

Flora & Fauna

- domestic pines - stretches of lawn with aromatic plants - first blooming jasmine - trees of the liriodendron-tulips - birch - oleander - poplar - beech - camphor tree - cypress.

Accessibility

Partial access for the disabled.

How to get here

From Piazza S. Marco bus 25A (direction Pratolino). Bus stop “Pratolino”.

Source: Tourist Information Centers City of Florence - Piazza Stazione 4, [email protected] - Loggia del Bigallo, [email protected]

Petraia (Garden of Villa)

Via di Petraia 40 – Castello – Firenze

+39 055 452691

Description

The garden was realized in the 16th century in three terraces: one at the level of the villa, one intermediate with hatchery and flowers, and one lower with fruit trees. During the time of Napoleon it was transformed and, in the first half of the 19th century, Leopoldo II entrusted the project of a big English style park to Joseph Frietsch.

Notes

Property: State. Coffee machine.

Opening Hours

November-February: 8.15 a.m.-4.30 p.m. March: 8.15 a.m.-5.30 p.m. April, May, September, October (till the end of the legal hour): 8.15 a.m.-6.30 p.m. June-August: 8.15 a.m.-7.30 p.m. Closed the second and third Monday of the month, 1/1, 1/5, 25/12. Last entrance 1 hour before the closing time.

Prices

Free of charge.

Disabled Access

Access: Yes
Accessible Restrooms: Yes

Masterpieces

- copy of the fountain in marble by Tribolo with the bronze figure of “Fiorenza” or “Venus” by Giambologna (the original in bronze, which came from the Villa di Castello, is kept on the first floor of the villa Petraia; the fountain in marble is being restored in a room nearby).

Flora & Fauna

- ilex little wood - flowerbeds with small dwarf pear trees - geometrical flowerbeds with an elaborated design - avenue of planes - garden of bulbous plants: crown imperial, tulips in ancient and 19th century varieties, hyacinth of the Grand Duke - little wood with cedar plants, realized in the Savoia epoch - 19th century park with interesting species of conifers and wide flower meadows (jonquils in the spring).

Accessibility

Partial access for the disabled.

How to get here

From Piazza Stazione (bus stop “Stazione Palazzo dei Congressi”) bus 28 (direction Sesto), then walk for about 10 minutes.

Source: Tourist Information Centers City of Florence - Piazza Stazione 4, [email protected] - Loggia del Bigallo, [email protected]

Pietra (Garden of Villa La)

Via Bolognese 120

+39 055 5007210

www.nyu.edu/global/lapietra

Description

The baroque garden belonging to the Capponi family was transformed into an English style garden in the 19th century. The actual garden, whose owner was Arthur Acton, was realized starting from 1904 by great gardeners: Ambroziewicz, Bonaiuti, Castellucci, Dodge and Watson. It is a terraced system, typical of the Tuscan garden, with "stanze di verzura" ("green rooms"), typical of the baroque tradition, inside of which we can find architecture and statues coming from Veneto.

Notes

Property: La Pietra Corporation S.A. Guided tours in Italian and English. Groups of maximum 30 people to visit the garden only, 15 people to visit the garden and the villa (till a maximum of 45 people divided in three groups). No access for animals. Smoking is forbidden.

Opening Hours

Booking is possible every day from 9.00 a.m. till 5.00 p.m. Tour of the garden only by appointment on Tuesday morning. Guided tours of the villa and the garden on Friday afternoon. Closed from 15th December till 15th January, August and in the holidays. The third week of April and of October the visits are free of charge from Monday till Saturday from 10.00 a.m. till 3.00 p.m. It is necessary to book in advance (booking is possible starting from one month before the visit).

Prices

€ 12 to visit the garden only; € 20 to visit the garden and the villa. Free entrance the third week of April and October.

Masterpieces

- exedras, stone portals, pergolas, vases, bow compasses, masks of various origin: most of the architectural elements that adorn the garden are plainly Tuscan - classical statues from Veneto, most of them by Bonazza and Orazio Marinali - magnificent walls rustically decorated, probably from the 16th century - grotto with decorations of various materials - little temple.

Flora & Fauna

- cypress boulevard bordered by Bengal roses - yew topiary forms - lemon-garden - two specimens of Osmanthus in enormous vases - sculptured box hedges - roses pergola - elliptical meadow with plants of spontaneous thyme - north, a "green theatre" with yew wings.

How to get here

From Piazza S. Marco bus 25 (direction Pian di San Bartolo) or 25A (direction Pratolino).

Source: Tourist Information Centers City of Florence - Piazza Stazione 4, [email protected] - Loggia del Bigallo, [email protected]

Poggio a Caiano (Garden of Villa)

Piazza de' Medici, 14 – Poggio a Caiano – Prato

+39 055 877012

Description

The project of the villa owned by Lorenzo Il Magnifico is by Giuliano da Sangallo, and work started in 1485. It was Cosimo I, however, who entrusted the building of the garden to Tribolo and Davide Fortini. From the lunette by Justo Utens one can reconstruct the original plant: the garden was divided in parts with dwarf fruit trees and, over the fence, four boulevards forming a cross converged to the wood for bird-hunting. In the first half of the 19th century Pasquale Poccianti modified the garden completely, and realized the big enclosure for the citrus plants, the water cistern and the big lemon-garden on the right side of the villa. The first garden is with flowerbeds and cedar plants, and there is also a little wood with plants with a high trunk.

Notes

Property: State.

Opening Hours

November-February: 8.15 a.m.-4.30 p.m. March: 8.15 a.m.-5.30 p.m. April, May, September, October (till the end of the legal hour): 8.15 a.m.-6.30 p.m. June-August: 8.15 a.m.-7.30 p.m. Closed the second and the third Monday of the month. At the half hour guided tours in the villa. Last entrance till 1 hour in advance. The villa hosts the Museo della Natura Morta (still-life) that can be visited booking in advance (Tel 055 877012) in the following opening hours: November-February: 9.00, 10.00, 11.00 a.m., 12.00, 2.00, 3.00 p.m. March: 9.00, 10.00, 11.00 a.m., 12.00, 2.00, 3.00, 4.00 p.m. June-August: 9.00, 10.00, 11.00 a.m., 12.00, 2.00, 3.00, 4.00, 5.00, 6.00 p.m. April, May, September, October: 9.00, 10.00, 11.00 a.m., 12.00, 2.00, 3.00, 4.00, 5.00 p.m.

Prices

Free of charge.

Disabled Access

Access: Yes
Accessible Restrooms: Yes

Masterpieces

- villa by Giuliano da Sangallo - frieze by Della Robbia.

Flora & Fauna

- curvilinear form flowerbeds - cedar plants - blossoms that re-create the 19th century taste for the colour - 19th century little wood with interesting plants with a high trunk.

How to get here

Bus CAP from Largo Fratelli Alinari: bus-stop in front of the villa.

Source: Tourist Information Centers City of Florence - Piazza Stazione 4, [email protected] - Loggia del Bigallo, [email protected]