|The formal garden of Villa Vignamaggio in Tuscany|
A fairly complete bibliography of guide books to Tuscan gardens is provided here.
Links to descriptions and pictures of many Tuscan gardens may be found here.
One of the most talented Edwardian garden designers was Cecil Pinsent. Among the gardens he worked on were Bernard Berenson's Villa I Tatti at Fiesole, Charles Augustus Strong's Villa Le Balze , Villa Capponi and, most famous of all, Iris Origo's Villa La Foce.
Click here for information on staying at Villa Gamberaia, one of the most famous villas in Tuscany.
Some other Tuscan villa gardens easily accessible to tourists include:
Badia a Coltibuono and its reconstructed monastic garden.
Castello Brolio, essentially a 19 C folly with matching garden.
Villa Vignamaggio, a magnificent Renaissance villa on the road from Greve in Chianti to Lamole.
Villa Gamberaia, one of the finest examples of a Tuscan villa hanging garden in Tuscany.
Tuscan gardens and Tuscan culture.
Last but not least, please realise that 99% of the villas offered as vacation rentals are farmhouses, not villas. Read "When is a Tuscan villa not a Tuscan villa?" and my article on Tuscan villas to rent.
Author: Anna Maria Baldini
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