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Greenery and structure.
The Giardino Giusti were created in the 1570s for Count Agostino Giusti and have long been famous, visited by both Goethe and Mozart (amongst many others, obviously).
Amazingly, the Giusti family opened it to visitors in 1591....though presumably not to the common folk.
There are sculptures and bits of Roman stonework dotted about (several Roman altars, for example; the garden houses the only private collection of Latin/Roman inscriptions in Verona). And a rather magnificent grotesque face on the hillside to the rear which was apparently used to belch flames during 'garden parties', a tall belvedere which leads to the highest slops of the garden and which has good views over Verona's rooftops, artificial 'caves' carved into the hillside.......and geometric box-hedges trimmed to perfection, a small maze (find your lover in the maze and you'll stay together forever, so the locals say), a 'cypress avenue' with towering cypress trees, shady corners and stone benches.
But very, very little colour other than green.
We enjoyed exploring the garden. Its size surprised me, for I had expected something much larger to go with the U-shaped Palazzo Giusti, but I realised that the 12th-century city walls must have constrained its limits...you can still see a small section of the walls behind the citrus houses.
The garden is open every day (except Christmas) from 0900 - sunset in winter and from 0900-2000 in summer. I think we paid 6 euro each entrance. The palazzo itself is closed to the public.
Only the lower level of the garden is suitable for those with mobility difficulties.
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A lovely garden in Verona
If you feel like going away from the crowds for a little while, a quick walk across the Ponte Nuovo will take you to the Giardino Giusti. We were there on a gorgeous sunny day, and we only met four other people as we were walking around this beautiful garden designed in 1570 by Agostino Giusti. The garden extends from the back of Palazzo Giusti until it reaches a small hill included in the garden's original plans, which have been carefully preserved over the years. It all begins with a traditional garden, complete with gorgeous statues, fountains and trimmed hedges, but as you follow the path that leads up the hill the scenery becomes more wild and natural. At the top of the hill there's a small belvedere that offers a wonderful view of the historic part of the city. Another interesting feature of Giardino Giusti is its labyrinth, which is believed to be one of the oldest in Europe - and it's not an easy one, I got stuck in there for quite a while!
The Giardino Giusti is one of the few attractions that are not included in the Verona Card, but I thought it was well worth paying 6 Euros to walk around its beautiful grounds.
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"Giusti" is one of the most famous gardens in Italy. It was created during 500 century and today is really toured yet. It's a garden of the Renaissance period: flower beds are regular, there are fountains, caves, statues and a labyrinth. It's composed by three parts.
Agostino Giusti composed the garden and it was created because it became the garden of the big house that has his name: Villa Giusti.
Walk through the Giardino...
Walk through the Giardino Giusti.
The layout of these gardens is spectacular, from the trimmed hedges filled with fountains and statues, and treelined paths of the flat lower level to the steep hill that offers views of the Verona skyline. One of the more unusual parts of the garden is the giant face carved into the rocky hillside. From the bottom it lines up with the main pathway and as you reach it you see that it contains a staircase to reach the balcony on top of it. Although it is an odd sight, it fits the feel of the gardens perfectly.
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