Gardens and Medicean Villas

Three ways to conceive a garden. One is the Italian style, borne from the genius of the architect who planned the Boboli Gardens, Niccolò Tribolo. The design of these late-Renaissance gardens presents rationally-organized spaces and includes natural elements transformed into sculptures and architectural structures which complement statues and fountains. The other is the French style, such as the Rose Gardens, where the bucolic environment is rationalized but the vegetation is allowed to prevail over architectural structures. The third is the 19th-century English style, which can be seen in the gardens of Villa Bardini. Here, woods and winding pathways give the illusion of a natural environment. These kinds of projects were also developed for the Medicean Villas, once places of leisure for the members of Florence’s most important dynasty but also centers of the family’s agricultural economy.

Boboli Gardens and the Bardini Gardens   e-mail

Iris Gardens and Rose Gardens   e-mail

Gardens at Villa Castello and Gardens at Villa La Petraia   e-mail

Villa di Poggio Imperiale   e-mail

Villa Gamberaia   e-mail

Castello di Cafaggiolo and Castello del Trebbio   e-mail

Villa di Cerreto Guidi   e-mail