Abbadia d'Ombrone

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Villa Arceno

Bardini Garden in Florence

Bernard Berenson

Boboli's Gardens

Il parco dei Mostri di Bomarzo

Villa Bottini

Castello di Brolio

Villa Cahen

Villa della Capponcina

Villa Capponi

Villa Medici at Careggi

Villa di Catignano

Cecil Ross Pinsent

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Villa Certano Baldassarrini

Certosa di Pontignano

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Villa Chigi Saracini

Villa Farnese (Caprarola)

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Villa Garzoni in Collodi

Villa di Geggiano

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Villa Guicciardini Corsi Salviati

Horti Leonini di San Quirico

Villa I Collazzi, Firenze

Iris Origo

L'Orto de'Pecci (Siena)

Villa I Tatti

Villa Medicea La Ferdinanda

Villa La Foce

Villa La Gallina in Arcetri

Villa Lante

Villa La Petraia

Villa La Pietra

Villa La Suverana in Casole d'Elsa

The Medici Villa at Careggi

Villa Medici in Fiesole, Firenze

Garden of Palazzo Medici-Riccardi in Firenze

Villa Medicea at Poggio a Caiano

Medici Villas in Tuscany

Villa di Monaciano

Giardino degli Orti Oricellari | Firenze

Orto Botanico, Siena

Villa Orlandini in Poggio Torselli

Il Palazzone

Villa Palmieri and Villa Schifanoiai

Villa Peyron al Bosco di Fontelucente

Palazzo Piccolomini in Pienza

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Villa San Donato in Colle (Bagno a Ripoli)

Villa Santini Torrigiani

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Il Vittoriale degli Italiani

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Villa Capponi

"Certainly the minds of the Florentine family of Capponi were original and inventive. First, in 1570 they created the beautifully detailed asymmetrical garden at Arcetri overlooking Florence ..... and in 1717 they finally synthesized and completed the slowly evolving complex of Villa Gamberaia at Settignano across the Arno valley whose concept of a domestic landscape is by general concent the most thoughtful the western world has known."

Geoffrey Jellicoe[1]

Villa Capponi


The Villa Capponi garden, commented upon by Edith Wharton and Geoffrey Jellicoe, dates from the seventeenth century. It was extended by Lady Elizabeth Scott after 1882 and by Charles Pinsent after 1939.

The villa, built in the 14th century, was purchased in 1572 by the Capponi family which extended it and enhanced it, turning it into a noble residence. In 1882 it became the property of Lady Scott, daughter of the Duke of Portland, and later passed into the hands of the Clifford family. The building, which is quite simple in layout, was further embellished at the end of the 19th century with the additions of two panoramic loggias, the columns for which were, it seems, taken from demolition work done during the redevelopment of the old city centre to create Piazza della Repubblica. The garden, which comprises terraces on different levels, extends along the Pian dei Giullari hillside, from where the view over Florence is quite breathtaking, and blends in with the surrounding farmland. The first terrace, immediately behind the villa, is a broad grassy area stretching the length of the northern side of the building, on which an ancient wisteria hangs. To the east, on the same level, is the entrance to a delightful secret garden, rectangular in layout and edged in box hedges. Access to this formal garden, separated from the lawn by another box hedge, is marked by two columns surmounted by two terracotta griffins. To the west, on different levels, are another two secret gardens with box-edged parterres and surrounded by high walls with elegantly curving crenellations and earthenware urns. The first of these gardens, which lies five metres lower than the level of the villa, is reached by a narrow flight of steps beside the boundary wall. A wrought-iron gate leads to the second garden, at the centre of which stands a fine stone lily-pool. The recently-built rectangular swimming pool lower down is surrounded by tall rows of cypresses.[2]








Katie Campbell, Paradise of Exiles: The Anglo-American Gardens of Florence | A baroque jewel, Villa Capponi |

[1] Geoffrey Jellicoe, Italian Gardens of the Renaissance, (London, 1925 and 1953). Geoffrey Jellicoe was a founder member of the Institute of Landscape Architects, an architect, town planner, landscape architect and writer. He played a pivotal role shaping the Institute into an identifiable and viable organisation. He was visionary and determined in his approach, a man of phenomenal energy, broad interest and charisma, evident in his involvement both with the institute and in his own practice. [See also: Landscape Institute | Geoffrey Jellicoe].
[2] Firenze - Villa Capponi |
Edith Wharton, Italian Villas and Their Gardens (London, 1903)
[3] '
Egisto Fabbri was an enthusiastic amateur architect but limited his activities to projects for his family and friends. He restored the facade of the villa at San Martino alla Palma near Scandicci, belonging to his brother-in-law Piero Antinori, designed a chapel for La Farge in Connecticut, and in 1914 went to New York to advise his sister-in-law Edith Shepard on her new house. He rebuilt the church at Serravalle in the Casentino in the romanesque style, and restored his villa at Bagazzano, near Settignano. He had acquired the simple and unadorned fifteenth-century villa following his return from Paris and it became his refuge.
Visitors from abroad | Bagazzano received many visitors from among the growing international community of intellectuals and artists who came to Florence. Lured here by Italian culture, the warm climate and the low cost of living their lives are described in the pages of Henry James. Visitors would stroll over from the neighbouring hills: Bernard Berenson from the Tatti, the Romanian princess Jeanne Ghyka from Villa Gamberaia, Violet Page (the writer who adopted the pseudonym Vernon Lee) from Villa Palmerino. Others would stay at Bagazzano on their leisurely trips to Europe: Bancel and Mabel La Farge, son and daughter-in-law of John La Farge, the painter Maurice Denis, and the French writer and millionaire André Germain.
The Serravalle project, the sale of the Cézannes | From 1923 until his death ten years later Egisto Fabbri devoted his time and resources to the reconstruction of the village of Serravalle in the Casentino destroyed by an earthquake and to establishing a school for Gregorian Chant there. This project, together with the purchase of Palazzo Capponi in Florence for the family, forced him to sell thirteen of the most important Cézannes in his collection. They were bought by the French collector Paul Rosenberg and his partner Georges Wildenstein for seven million francs.


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Villa is Tuscany

Holiday homes in the Tuscan Maremma | Podere Santa Pia is a beautiful farmhouse that dominates one of the most beautiful setting that nature can offer: the Tuscan countryside. Podere Santa Pia, a formal cloister in the Tuscan Maremma is situated on the outskirts of Castiglioncello Bandini.
Podere Santa Pia highlights the best of the quintessential Italian region. Explore the medieval hillside villages of Sovicille or Casole d’Elsa on your way to Colle Val d'Elsa and Volterra, marvel at settlements that date back to Etruscan times, try some Vernaccia wines in San Gimignano, where the refined beauty of the squares and churches blends perfectly with the ancient traditions of its white wines. The Vernaccia-based wine from San Gimignano has a long history, and it is regarded as one of the most noble and oldest white wine of Italy. The wine is produced exclusively in the territory of San Gimignano, nearby Siena and is now the only Tuscan DOCG white wine.

Farmhouses in Tuscany | Podere Santa Pia


Wine regions in Tuscany
Podere Santa Pia
Podere Santa Pia, garden
Wine regions
Arcetri is a district of Florence, in the hills to the south of the city centre. A number of historic buildings are situated there, including the house of the famous scientist Galileo Galilei (called Villa il Gioiello), the Convent of San Matteo and the Torre del Gallo. The Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri is also located here. The church of San Leonardo in Arcetri is the main church of the area.
Galileo Galilei died here on January 8, 1642.

View of Arcetri area (in the hills above Florence)

Landmarks in the Arcetri area, with the Italian names:


* San Leonardo in Arcetri (Church of Saint Leonard)

* San Matteo in Arcetri

* Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Astrophysical Observatory)

* Pian dei Giullari (Square of Giullari)

* Villa Capponi

* Villa Il Giullarino

* Villa di Volsanminiato

* Torre del Gallo (Tower of the Cockerell)

* Villa La Gallina

* Villa Agape-Arrighetti

* Villa Giramonte

* Villa Giovannelli

* Villa Nunes Vais

* Villa Il Teatro

* Villa Pian dei Giullari

* Villa Masieri

* Villa Il Gioiello

* Villa Le Corti

* Villa Pazzi

* Villa Ravà

* Villa Il Roseto

* Fondazione Spadolini

* Monteripaldi

* San Michele a Monteripaldi

* Santa Margherita a Montici (Church of Saint Margaret at Montici)



Villa La Gallina in Arcetri


Antonio del Pollaiuolo's damaged fresco painting of the frenetic Dancing Nudes in the Villa la Gallina



San Quirico d'Orcia