“…to see at least once in a lifetime”.
A gem of both natural and artistic beauty, the splendid Italian Garden is an unmissable travel destination for journalist and garden lovers worldwide.
Its original design dates back to the Corsini Orlandini, one of the most important families in Tuscany during the Renaissance period, which owned the Villa between 1668-1722.
The garden stretches over two terraces linked by a central staircase and two lateral ones. It includes rare flowers and bonsai fruit trees, along with aromatic and healing herbs used for cosmetic and medical purposes. Among them, two mandrakes, a rare plant with large leaves, bluish flowers and an anthropomorphic root, which was believed to have magic powers.
varietà botaniche presenti nel giardino e nel parco della villa
prima documentazione storica del raro e unico impianto di irrigazione in pietra serena
data dell’assetto originale del parco ad opera di Antonio Marsilj Fattore
Il giardino si compone di due aree: una dedicata a parco, sul lato nord della Villa cui si accede introdotti da un maestoso e suggestivo viale di cipressi e, l’altra disposta sul versante sud.
Il disegno si ritiene risalga al periodo in cui fu di proprietà della famiglia Orlandini, una delle più importanti famiglie nobili della Toscana rinascimentale. Se riusciamo ancora oggi a goderlo nel suo splendore originario è grazie alle straordinarie attenzioni, alle cure e agli interventi di restauro e manutenzione dei proprietari più sensibili fra quelli che nei secoli si sono succeduti.
Along with the Italian Garden, Poggio Torselli features a rare collection of more than 130 citrus trees, including lemons, bitter oranges, tangerines, chinottos, citrons and the rare Bizzarria, the Citrus aurantium once known as the “citrus of the Medici family”. Bizzarria is a hybrid between a lemon, a citron and a bitter orange. The skin and the colour of Bizzarria are a mix of the three citruses, a trilogy reminding of the union between the Villa, the Garden and the Vineyards.
A unique aspect of the garden is the 17th-century irrigation system made of the same pietra serena used for the Villa. The arrangement allows to water all the flowerbeds thanks to the slight gradient without the need of any pump. Such hydraulic systems are extremely rare: another one can be seen at the Giardino di Boboli in Florence.
The current structure of the Italian Garden is the result of a careful refurbishment by a garden architect appointed in 2000 by the current owners. The main object of the restoration was to recreated the rotation of the original 17th-century garden which provided blooming flowers throughout the seasons of the year.
The Villa is also surrounded by a magnificent park of grandiose trees; cypresses, cedars and holly oaks, all circled by bay tree hedges with their aromatic foliage.
In recent years, on the South side of the park, a vegetable garden has been built accordingly with the traditional custom of mixing vegetables with flowers and herbs.