We found this walking to Castel San Pietro. You can walk in and see the "renaissance garden" open up to you. Even if you do not want to pay the 5 euro or so to see it, you can get a peek of the beautifully sculpted gardens.
If you choose to see the entire gardens, including a great view of Verona, it is is a worthwhile stop. This is especially true if your hobby is photography.
Giardino Giusti was created towards the end of the 15th century as backdrops for the Giusti Palace. Today it shows the structure given to it in 1570.
Into this garden there is a building with a staircase leading to a lookout point where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the town.
This garden is located in via Giardino Giusti, 2. You can go there by bus "Pollicino" n. 72. Stop at Via Carducci, then by foot across Ponte (bridge) Pietra and then to Via S. Chiara.
From the top belvedere of the Giusti Gardens is this lovely view over Verona. The three towers seen are the Lamberti Tower, the Basilica di Sant'Anastasia and the Duomo.
Just a shame the sun was in the wrong direction for this pic :-(
The Giardino Giusti are located a short walk away from central Verona. The gardens were designed for the Giusti Palace in the late 15th Century and look today as they did in the 16th Centrury. They are comprised of sculpted hedges, flowers, a small hedge maze, fountains, grottos, sculptures, rows of cypress, and a monster-shaped 'mascherone' overlook. Climb the path to the upper gardens to reach the mascherone and the belvedere where there are gorgeous views of Verona. Student/military discounts are available.
The path in the Giardino Giusti zigzags up at either side to a hilltop belvedere. Then you need to climb up the tower and exit it at the top level of the garden to reach the final and most magnificent view over the rooftops of Verona.
Like many formal Italian gardens, the Giardino Guisti was designed with particular attention to the view. Its central famed vast cypress avenue leads up to an upper court with a stalactite grotto under a towering "masherone".
The terraced Giardino Giusti are considered to be one of the finest late-Renaissance gardens in Italy. Created at the end of the 15th century as a backdrop to the Guisti Palace, home to Agostino Giusti, knight of the Venetial Republic and Squire of the Grand Duke of Tuscany. Although a pleasant oasis away from the historical centre of Verona they were smaller than what I had expected. The first glimpse was very inviting but left me expecting much more.
The gardens, in addition to their collections of flowers, important Roman remains and the huge cypress, retain their 15th-century characteristics: fountains, acoustic grottos, bowers, Italian hedge, mythological statues and an intricate small labyrinth.
North of the Adige river you find the famous Palazzo and Giardini Giusti.
Originally designed in 15th century it has been re-modelled in early 19th century in English countryside garden style. After being destroyed in WWII parts of the garden have been restored. So enjoy one of the finest examples of Italian garden architecture.
Entrance fee ca. 3 Euro, open till sunset.
Although the Giusti gardens are small they are well planned and it was interesting to remember that illustrious people such as Mozart, Goethe and the Cosimo de Medici also walked here.
The maze of myrtle hedges reproduces the 1786 plan of the architect Trezza - its not that difficult to get lost in it though.