Tuscan Gardens

Guide to the formal gardens of Tuscany, Italy


Italy is famous for its formal gardens. This style of gardening, rediscovered in Tuscany during the Renaissance and based on classical Roman precepts, had great influence on garden design in England and especially in France. Early formal English gardens were influenced by the fountains, cascades and use of statuary that are essential elements of Italian Renaissance gardens. However, the giardino all'italiana is stylistically based on symmetry, axial geometry and on the principle of imposing order upon Nature. The garden of a Tuscan, Roman or Venetian villa was, in effect, an organic extension of the architecture of the villa itself.


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The formal italianate garden of Villa I Tatti, Florence

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Villa La Petraia and its garden, Florence



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