Today I would like to tell you more about beautiful Villa Garzoni gardens in Tuscany, Italy. If you have missed part 1 of this article where I have introduced Villa Garzoni to you, please follow this link. I will also add it under this post and below in recommended links.
As I have mentioned in my previous post, the garden was designed to follow steep, ascending path up the hill. The wide stairs adorned with many classic style sculptures climb the mountain. Many paths branch out from them leading to other areas of the garden. There is a sense or wonder and mystery when walking the stairs and exploring the garden. One can find many surprises on the way in the form of sculptures, among them fantasy creatures animals, grottos, fountains, mysterious doorways and more. The style of the garden changes from an orderly to a romantic, free-flowing and extraordinary.
Here is a view on the garden from the bottom of the hill.
There are two fountains side by side at this level and you can see one of them below.
Another view from the lower level of Villa Garzoni gardens with Villa Garzoni palace in the back up the hill.
Classic sculptures greet visitors at the bottom of the stairs and when ascending further up the hill.
A closer view on the Villa Garzoni Palace.
Here is a view on the lower part of Villa Garzoni gardens, as I was able to see from one of the upper terraces. Isn’t it amazing? Not only the garden looks great, but also the surrounding hills, close-by church and city add to the beauty of this perfect and so picturesque Italian landscape.
I have found a grotto hidden under one of the terraces.
Below is a view I have discovered when following a paths branching out from one of the upper terraces. Beside the walkway there was a sculpture of strange figure. Was it a monkey or some fantasy beast?
I climbed further up the stairs to discover other parts of the garden. Along the way there were several monkey sculptures. I guess the designer of this garden loved these animals.
Further down the path, there were more monkey sculptures and then some others depicting people or perhaps goddesses.
At the higher level I have found four sculptures of mysterious animals looking like a cross between dinosaurs and birds. I have already featured them my previous post.
Following the path of the cascade, which was once running from the top of the mountain, I have finally arrived at the top of the hill with two big sculptures of sitting goddesses. The goddesses were looking at each other as they were just taking a break from admiring the beautiful view at the lower part of the gardens.
Here is a closer view at one of them.
There were some more mysterious and well hidden places in this gardens like for example a gate guarded by two dragons, a labyrinth, more grottos and even a bamboo forest. You will be able to see a few more pictures in the slideshow below this blog post.
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