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Ventaglio (Garden of Villa Il)

Via G. Aldini 10-12

+39 055 580283

www.sbap-fi.beniculturali.it

Description

The villa has been the property of different owners (Brancacci, Solvetti, Bardi, Usibardi, Torrigiani, Cedri, Seratti, etc.), among whom in 1824 the Milan Count Giuseppe Archinto who realized the present aspect of the villa and the park. The count entrusted the work to Giuseppe Poggi: the villa received a neo-classical imprint, the English style park with the carriage boulevard was created, the stables were fixed and a "Romanticism" style little lake with an island and a bridge was created. The property was bought in 1967 by the State of Italy for right of pre-emption.

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 8.15 a.m.-6.30 p.m. June-August 8.15 a.m.-7.30 p.m. Closed: 1/1, 1/5, 25/12, Mondays. N.B. the changes are according to the solar or legal hour.

Prices

Free of charge.

Disabled Access

Access: Yes
Accessible Restrooms: Yes

Flora & Fauna

Flora - prevalence of the arboreal and wooden plants on the flower elements - laurel hedges - a larch-pine - a yew - a Judas tree - a horse-chestnut - little woods of ilex and oak - little woods of oak and false acacia. Fauna - hoopoe - ouzel - jay – squirrel.

How to get here

From Piazza S. Marco bus 7 (direction Fiesole), get off in Viale A. Volta, then walk for a few minutes.

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

Other Gardens

Villa Demidoff (Park of)

Via Fiorentina 282 – Pratolino-Vaglia – Firenze

+39 055 4080734

www.firenzeturismo.it

Description

In the second half of the 16th century, Francesco I entrusted the building of the villa to Bernardo Buontalenti and also the park, the farm, the "Appennino" fountain and numerous grottos and fountains were realized. The park was famous for the grottos, the water games, the robots and the music that used to captivate the visitors. Structures and architectures marked the path that was leading from "the park of the ancients" to "the park of the moderns" through the following stages: boulevard of the jets, villa, "Appennino" statue, labyrinth and Jupiter's fountain. The geometrical structure of the garden was destroyed by Ferdinando III of Lorena that entrusted the transformation of the park into an English "Romanticism" style garden to Joseph Frietsch. The park was sold to Paolo Demidoff towards the end of the 19th century, and after the death of the last princess, it was put up for auction and bought by the Province of Florence that opened it to the public in 1981. Nowadays it is the most important landscape park of Tuscany.

Notes

Other contact: +39 055 4080777 (Tourist Office). Coffee-bar, restaurant; parking area is outside the park and free of charge.

Opening Hours

25th April-1st May: every day 10.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m.; May-September-October: Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m.; June-July-August: 10.00 a.m.-7.00 p.m. Groups can visit the park by prior arrangement booking by phone or e-mail.

Prices

Free of charge.

Disabled Access

Access: Yes
Accessible Restrooms: Yes

Masterpieces

- "Appennino" statue by Giambologna - Jupiter's fountain: we can see what remains of the big sponge, nowadays divided in two pieces - Chapel with hexagonal plant surrounded by a loggia projected by Buontalenti and transformed during the 19th century (nearby is Maria Demidoff's tomb) - Entrance of the 16th century villa (the only thing that remains) that constitutes of two symmetrical staircases with, in the middle, the "Mugnone" fountain by Giambologna - Little villa - Cupid's grotto (it gave hospitality to a gigantic statue of the half-god) - Big aviary by Buontalenti - Five basins of fresh water to breed crayfish, modified at the beginning of the 19th century - "boulevard of the jets": when the hydraulic system was in function it was one of the wonders of the park.

Flora & Fauna

- horse-chestnut boulevard - many oak-trees; among the various species we can find the turkey oak, the British oak and the bay oak (all of them belonging to the Quercus species).

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]

Gardens in the Centre

Vivarelli Colonna (Garden of the Palace)

Via Ghibellina, 28 (si entra da via delle Conce)

+39 055 2625940

Description

It is divided in geometrical box flowerbeds and has a camellias little woods on the east side. At the end of the garden there is a walled-fountain of the 18th century.

Notes

Ms Francesca Granelli answers the phone. Groups of maximum 30 people.

Opening Hours

From April to October Tuesday and Thursday from 10.00 a.m. till 5.00 p.m. Closed from November to March.

Prices

Free entrance.

Disabled Access

Access: Yes

Accessibility

Access to the garden is a bit difficult because of the graveled pathways.

How to get here

From via Panzani bus C2 (direction Piazza Beccaria), get off at the bus stop “Malborghetto” (in via dell’Agnolo).

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