The garden pond at Villa Gamberaia
In Tuscany, as well as in Rome and elsewhere in Italy,
a giardino all'italiana,
an italianate garden, is characterised by elegance and symmetry, with
topiaried hedges, descending tiers of terraces, plants potted in large terracotta
jars, statues, cascades and fountains, all designed to complement the
architecture of the villa. This style of garden made its appearance
during the early Renaissance, based on Roman precursors as interpreted
by Alberti and other historians, architects and artists. The italianate
garden had enormous influence on garden design in England and especially
in France. With the burgeoning English presence in Florence and other
parts of Tuscany during the 19 C and early 20 C, there was a resurgence
of garden design as neglected villas were bought or leased and renovated
by prominent members of the Anglo-Florentine community.
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