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Villa Garzoni Gardens, Italy – Part 2.

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.

Villa Garzoni gardens, Italy. A view from the bottom level of the garden.
Villa Garzoni gardens, Italy. A view from the bottom level of the garden.

There are two fountains side by side at this level and you can see one of them below.

A fountain close to the entrance to Villa Garzoni garden, Italy.
A fountain close to the entrance to Villa Garzoni garden, Italy.

Another view from the lower level of Villa Garzoni gardens with Villa Garzoni palace in the back up the hill.

Villa Garzoni gardens close to the entrance. The actual Garzoni Villa is visible in the back up the hill.
Villa Garzoni gardens close to the entrance. The actual Garzoni Villa is visible in the back up the hill.

Classic sculptures greet visitors at the bottom of the stairs and when ascending further up the hill.

Classic sculptures greet visitors at the bottom of the stairs and when ascending further up the hill.
One of the sculptures welcoming visitors to this villa at the bottom of the stairs.

A closer view on the Villa Garzoni Palace.

A close-up view on the garden with Garzoni Villa visible in the back.
A close-up view on the garden with Garzoni Villa visible in the back.

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.

A view down the hill from one of the higher levels of Villa Garzoni gardens, Italy.
A view down the hill from one of the higher levels of Villa Garzoni gardens, Italy.

 

Here is one of the upper terraces of Villa Garzoni gardens, Italy.
Here is one of the upper terraces of Villa Garzoni gardens, Italy.

I have found a grotto hidden under one of the terraces.

A grotto hidden under one of the terraces in Villa Garzoni gardens, Italy.
A grotto hidden under one of the terraces in Villa Garzoni gardens, Italy.

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?

An interesting view from one of the upper terraces in Villa Garzoni gardens.
An interesting view from one of the upper terraces in Villa Garzoni gardens.

 

strange figure standing beside the path in Villa Garzoni gardens.
A closer look at a strange figure standing beside the path in Villa Garzoni gardens.

 

Orange trees growing along the paths leading from one of the upper terraces.
Orange trees growing along the paths leading from one of the upper terraces.

 

A beautiful view on the lower part of Villa Garzoni gardens from one of the upper terraces.
A beautiful view on the lower part of Villa Garzoni gardens from one of the upper terraces.

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.

Monkey sculpture along one of the upper terraces, Villa Garzoni gardens, Italy.
Monkey sculpture along one of the upper terraces, Villa Garzoni gardens, Italy.

Further down the path, there were more monkey sculptures and then some others depicting people or perhaps goddesses.

When climbing the stairs even further, I have discovered more sculptures, these time depicting people or perhaps goddesses.
When climbing the stairs even further, I have discovered more monkey sculptures and then also some 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.

Villa Garzoni, Italy.
Mysterious animals at one of the upper levels of  Villa Garzoni gardens, Italy.

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.

Two goddesses siting at the top of Villa Garzoni garden and looking at each other.
Two goddesses siting at the top of Villa Garzoni garden and looking at each other.

Here is a closer view at one of them.

One of the goddesses siting at the top of the Villa Garzoni gardens.
One of the goddesses siting at the top of the Villa Garzoni gardens.

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.

To read part one of the article about Villa Garzoni gardens please follow this link.

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – “Ascend”.

I think this ascending design of Villa Garzoni gardens works quite well for the “Ascend” theme. To see how I have interpreted this subject on my other blog Vibrant Garden, please follow this link.

Please Comment on this Blog.

Do you like my interpretation of this week’s photo challenge “Ascend?  Have you visited Villa Garzoni gardens already or perhaps it is on you “to see” list?

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The Copyright, Usage Licence and Fine Art Prints.

All photographs and this article are copyrighted by me, Renata Ratajczyk unless otherwise mentioned. I you would like to use any of them in your publications, on your website, or purchase these photographs as fine art prints.please contact me.

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