Italy, where the art of landscaping blends with the charm of historic places. It has rich history, unforgettable cuisine and some of the most beautiful cities in the world. With its variety of temperate and subtropical climates, its dramatic landscapes, and luxurious villas and palaces, Italy is one of Europe’s best destinations for tourists interested in gardens. The landscaping and design of the great villa gardens has inspired garden designers for centuries, and today, the Italianate style is one of the definitive internationally recognized styles. Here are a few Italian Gardens we love…
The Giusti Garden is one of the most beautiful late renaissance Italian gardens, which belongs to and is the splendid annex to Giusti Palace. Began at the end of the sixteenth century, the garden was gradually improved and completed. Giardino Guisti is one of the most attention-worthy gardens in Verona. This is arguably the finest example of an Italian Renaissance villa garden in Italy, and attracted the attention of Goethe and Mozart.
From 1873 Hanbury employed a curator of the Hanbury Botanical Gardens (H.B.G.) that since the end of the XIX century to today received an enormous number of important visitors. Sir Thomas Hanbury died at La Mortola on 9 March 1907. He was buried in the gardens under a pavilion in moresco style. HBG are now run by the Genoa University. Today, the Gardens continue to live by the planning ideas of its founder.
The Boboli Gardens is one of the most beautiful gardens in Florence city center; it’s an open-air museum with antique statues, grottoes and fountains. The impressive gardens have lost none of their beauty since Cosimo de’ Medici laid them out as a private playground for his wife, Eleonora di Toledo (with help from the likes of Vasari and Buontalenti).
The Garzoni Garden, one of the most beautiful in Italy, represents a happy synthesis between Renaissance geometrics and the spectacular character of the Baroque. The garden can be considered a rare example of equilibrium in art, where the green, the terraces and fountains all converge to form a united whole. Designed in the 18th century by Lucca architect Ottaviano Diodati, the garden opens as if a splendid theatre complete with fountains and large baths.
A small rocky island in Lake Maggiore is wholly occupied by the Borromeo villa and its garden extravaganza. Soil was shipped in. Like a flower-strewn barge, the island now drifts amongst the snow-capped mountains of the lake. Following the baroque taste for placing a villa at the centre of a layout and allowing avenues to draw the scenery into a garden, Isola Bella employs the lake and mountains as garden features