Gardens in historic villas in Florence

If you love green, nature and art, the gardens of historic villas and palaces of Florence will surprise you with their scenic beauty.

As mentioned in previous articles, the parks and the gardens that surround the beautiful villas built by the Medici family and the Florentine nobles increased their importance from 1400 onwards. Statues, fountains, grottoes and waterworks in the gardens became mandatory elements in luxury mansions. Important architects were called by the rich nobles to make unique gardens. The garden of the Palazzo Medici Riccardi was adorned with hedges representing animals and ancient bas-reliefs. In the garden of San Marco, always in the historical center of Florence, worked artists such as Botticelli, Lippi, Donatello and Michelangelo. The historical center, according to the historians of the time, had 138 well-landscaped gardens. Among these, of course, the Botanical Garden, the Boboli Gardens and the Roof Garden above the Loggia dei Lanzi.

Now let's see in detail some of the gardens of historic villas. The garden of the Villa di Castello was built in 1540 by one of the most famous architects of the sixteenth century in Florence, Niccolò di Raffaello called Tribolo. The garden of the Villa Pratolino was embellished by another important Florentine artist, Buontalenti, at the request of Francesco I. The work of Buontalenti pleased the Medici who called him also to beautify the gardens of the villas Marignolle, Petraia, Cerreto Guido, Ambrogiana, Artimino, Magic.

The sixteenth century was surely the century that saw the major landscaping of the gardens in Florence. In the seventeenth century, among the greatest artists and landscapers we remind Giulio and Alfonso Parigi, in particular for their contribution to the garden of Villa Poggio Imperiale. In the eighteenth century the Lorena continued the beautification of the gardens of Florence, while in the nineteenth century began the use of the English garden following the projects by Manetti, Inghirami, Digny Cambray, Joseph Frietsch, Cacialli Giuseppe, Giuseppe Del Rosso. The Tuscan Horticultural Society was founded in 1854.
A selection of our most requested villas in the area:
Villa Simone Luxury villa sleeping 8 a few kilometres from Gambassi Terme, in the heart of Florence countryside. Garden, swimming pool, hydromassage, Internet connection. Tennis court, riding stable and golf club nearby. Possibility of organising horseback and mountain-bike rides in the neighbourhood. More details
Villa Montespertoli Villa for holidays on the hills of the Florentine countryside. Accommodation for 12+2 people, garden, private swimming pool, hydro massage, Internet connection. More details
Villa San Godenzo Villa with annexed cottage sleeping 6 in Valdisieve, near San Godenzo (Florence). Garden, barbecue, whirlpool swimming pool, air conditioning, Internet connection. A few kilometres from Lake Bilancino and the National Park of Casentino Forests. More details
Villa Anietta Small villa sleeping 6 near Reggello, in Valdisieve, just a few kilometres from Florence. Swimming pool, Internet connection, air conditioning. Cooking lessons, dinners and guided tours are organised upon request. More details