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Villa Garzoni

An ornamented baroque spectacle in a bucolic valley. The garden rises from a semi-circular parterre, through terraced flights of steps to a water cascade, thrusting into the woods. The cascade widens as it ascends the hill, making it more dramatic when seen from below and more extensive when seen from above. A heroic terracotta statue of Fame waves gaily from a highpoint in the garden. Behind her is a bath house which once had a music room and every kind of luxury for male and female bathers - who chatted merrily without, it is said, seeing one another. Overall, the garden displays a fine baroque transition from cultivated to wild. Before leadership in the art of garden passes to France, readers may pause to reflect on the difference between the Garzoni garden, which reveals itself all at once, as a picture, with the two-centuries older Medici garden at Careggi, secreted behind its medieval walls. They stand for Italian garden design in the early and late Renaissance.

Collodi, nr Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

All year. Daily except Sundays from November to February. Open 8:30am to sunset (except weekdays November to February open 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm).

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  • about 2 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    Must have changed a lot because its quite well maintained, spectacular setting, wonderful place to stroll around with children as well, many different birds to watch, places to sit and rest in the shadow and watch the water ponds with its frogs etc. ... enjoyed it very much!
  • almost 3 years by Anonymous 1 / 5

    Very expensive 13 Euros for a smallish rundown garden- very disappointing.
  • over 5 years by Charles Hawes 1 / 5

    I visited In October 2010. An altogether miserable experience. The lower part of the garden is a mess both in design and in recent changes and additions. A very ugly building to one side housed comatose and dead butterflies and insects. The maintenance throughout the garden was awful. Rubbish everywhere. The beautiful original renaissance architecture of the stunning central staircase was overwhelmed by the garden's general neglect. An expensive (13 Euros) outrage
  • about 8 years by Adam Hodge 3 / 5

    What a bizarre place. In ways it has lots of potential but needs some more funding to get it up to scratch. Plenty of charming things to see but alot is a bit tired.

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