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The garden of the villa was realized by Pietro Porcinai (1810-1986) and it was his masterpiece. The entrance area serves different purposes: for the parties, as a garage, as a monumental entrance and access area. After this big environment he realized a pensile garden, in a "Renaissance" taste, where the circle becomes the used geometrical form: the pavement is made by stone circles, the box hedges are circular, and three consecutive circles lead to the circular stone fountain. From the pensile garden we arrive to the rose-garden and through paths we arrive to the swimming pool and the tennis field.
Contact hours: Monday-Friday from 9.00 a.m. till 5.00 p.m. Property: Municipality of Florence. The villa is the seat of the Michelucci Foundation.
Visiting is possible only by appointment by phone.
- circular box hedges - a plane-tree that existed before Portinai's intervention - rose-garden - high evergreen hedges.
From Piazza S. Marco bus 7 (direction Fiesole) till the last bus-stop, then go back through the downhill road for 10 minutes.
Via Boccaccio 121
+39 055 4685388
Description According to the tradition the villa was built on the country house where, during the plague, the youngsters that gave life to Boccaccio's Decameron found refuge. It has an Italian style garden entrusted to Myron Taylor and realized in the Thirties and a nice "parterre". Since 1986 the villa has been the seat of the European University Institute.
Ms Gonnelli answers the phone: other contact: +39 055 4685382 (doct. Brundo). Fax 055 4685264. It is the seat of the European University Institute. Groups of maximum 20 people. Property: State.
Visiting is possible only by appointment (by fax or e-mail).
Free of charge.
- three marble sun-dials, both still whole and functioning: one of them with the zodiac signs is from the 15th century, the other two are dated back from the mid 19th century.
Only partial access for the disabled.
From Piazza S. Marco bus 7 (direction Fiesole) till San Domenico, then walk for about 1 kilometre.
Other websites: http://www.wwf.it/client/render_oasi.aspx?content=0&root=3497 http://www.firenzeturismo.it/ambiente-territorio/ http://www.provincia.fi.it/sentieri/
Frederick Stibbert inherited the property, situated on the hill of Montughi, from his mother Giulia, and entrusted the restoration to the most famous artists of his time: Poggi, Fortini, Gaetano Bianchi, Annibale Gatti, Gaiani, Passaglia. Of particular interest we find the lemon-garden, the little Egyptian style temple by Poggi, and the later Hellenistic temple by Bonaiuti. The garden has a surface of almost 4 hectares and counts 56 botanical species in its 612 arboreal and shrubby specimen.
+39 055 486049 (office), +39 055 475520 (concierge). Property: Municipality of Florence. Toilets inside the museum during the opening hours. Monday-Wednesday: 10.00 a.m.-2.00 p.m. Friday-Sunday: 10.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m. Closed on Thursday.
November-March: 8.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m. April-October: 8.00 a.m.-7.00 p.m. Closed: Thursdays, 1/1, Easter, 1/5, 15/8, 25/12.
Free entrance: it is a public park.
Accessible Restrooms: Yes
- they are inside the villa, where there is the Stibbert Museum - Egyptian style little temple by architect Poggi - Hellenistic little temple by architect Bonaiuti.
Flora - mountain maple-tree - horse-chestnut - Greek arbutus - arbutus - Balearic box - box tree - Atlas cedar - Himalaya cedar - Lebanon cedar - Judas tree - funeral cypress - Californian cypress - dwarf palm – campo tree - cypress - red beech - laburnum - lythraceae family - laurel - magnolia - white mulberry-tree - black pine - domestic pine - Scotch fir - white poplar - ilex - oak - red oak-tree - cork-tree - false acacia - tamarisk – bald cypress - yew - cupressaceae family - wild lime-tree - lime-tree – elm. Fauna - black cap - chaffinch - mallard - ouzel - Italian sparrow – serin.
Partial access for the disabled.
From Piazza dell'Unita Italiana bus 4 (direction Poggetto), get off in via Vittorio Emanuele II (bus stop "Gioia"), then walk for a few minutes.
Other tel. number: +39 055 2767139 (Mr Degli Innocenti - responsible for the gardens). Property: Municipality of Florence.
Winter: 8.00 a.m.-8.30 p.m. with variations according to the season. In summer and for special events: 8.00 a.m.-02.00 a.m.
Free entrance; it is a public park.
From via Panzani bus 6 (direction Torregalli), or from Piazza Stazione (bus stop “Stazione Parcheggio”) bus 12 (direction Porta Romana/Piazzale Michelangelo).
Loc. Garavicchio, Capalbio (Grosseto)
+39 0564 895122
Niki de Saint Phalle esoteric sculpture garden based on Tarots cards.
From 1st April to 15th October: every day 2.30-7.30 pm. From November to March: Monday-Friday 8 am-4 pm, closed Saturday and holidays.
Full price € 12, reduced € 7.
Public transport: train until Orbetello, then by bus RAMA Mobilità. Car: SS1 Aurelia exit Pescia Fiorentina, follow the signs.
Via di Vincigliata 26 – Fiesole – Firenze
+39 055 603251
Mr and Mrs Berenson entrusted the restructuring of the garden of the property to Cecil Pinset and Geoffry Scott and within a few years, in the first half of the 20th century, a Baroque style garden that is based on the topiary art was created. From the "formal" Italian style garden we enter into the lemon-garden and then into the parterre; 4 sloping down terracings lead to the meadow and to the ilex wild land. Parallel to the garden a cypress boulevard leads to a rustic grotto.
Property: Headmaster and students of the Harvard College. Guided tours. Groups of maximum 8 people.
Only by appointment Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 3.00 p.m. Closed: August, Easter, two weeks at Christmas, holidays.
Free of charge.
- formal garden - lemons - box hedges - ilex wild land - cypress boulevard.
From Piazza S. Marco bus 10 (direction Settignano), get off at Ponte a Mensola, then walk for 10-15 minutes.
It is the biggest garden inside the city walls and it is a perfect sample of an English garden from the point of an aesthetic and philosophical ideal. In 1813 Pietro Torrigiani, Mason, entrusted the development of the garden to Luigi de Cambrai Digny who also belonged to the Masonic lodge "Napoleone". The garden was supposed to have an itinerary in a Masonic-symbolic key, with symbols that had to remain mysterious and hardly decipherable: statues of the Sphinx and Osiris, little Arcadia temple , the small tower and other numerous architectures. Cambrai Digny worked at it for only one year. In 1819 the architect Gaetano Baccani built the neo-Gothic small tower, the false merlons of the Medici bastion, the gymnasium, the aviary, and other games. Also in 1813 Antonio Pucci published the inventory, that contains the names of 13.000 plants in the soil and 5.500 in the vase.
Mobile phone +39 348 3960570. Property: dott. Torrigiani.
Only by booking.
€ 20,00 per individual and couples till a minimum of € 50,00 total price. For groups € 15,00 per person.
Accessible Restrooms: Yes
- little Arcadia temple: inside a sculptured group represents a lion that assaults a bull - little tower, built by the architect Gaetano Baccani and inspired by the heraldic emblem of the Torrigiani family - Sphinx statue - Osiris statue, Egyptian god of death and resurrection, who shows two tablets which contain rules to enter the garden: "dogs, horses and carriages are not allowed. Do not touch flowers, plants and minerals. Do not play games without special permission. Walk on the paths only" - Very beautiful marble vases - "Seneca that shows the way to the very young Pietro Torrigiani", sculptured group built by Pietro Fedi in the 19th century.
- valuable and rare plantations of high stem trees - little bamboo wood - laurel hedges and other evergreen plants - circular meadow placed in front of the villa - extraordinary sample of ultra-centenarian beech.
From Piazza Stazione (fermata “Stazione Pensilina” o “Stazione Scalette”) bus 11 (direction Due Strade), bus 36 (direction Galluzzo-Le Gore Cascine del Riccio), or bus 37 (direction Galluzzo-Tavarnuzze), get off at the bus stop “Serumindo” (in via dei Serragli).