Southern Tuscany offers many delightful gardens that mix nature and art. They are perfect for families traveling with children, providing a fun combination of beautiful natural landscapes with original manmade creations.
Here are some of the favorite artistic parks immersed in nature selected by Maremma Blog!
Giardino Viaggio di Ritorno
Giardino Viaggio di Ritorno – literally “garden of the return trip” – is a path of contemporary sculptures made by bio-architect Rodolfo Lacquaniti. The installations were created with scrap and secondhand materials and are a fantastic example of recycling art. This attraction is located in the former marshes of Buriano, near Castiglione della Pescaia, within the grounds of Agriturismo Podere il Leccio. For information on visiting times contact viaggiodiritorno.it.
BotanicalDryGarden® extends over 40.000 m² near Orbetello. As its name suggests, it is a dry botanic garden that hosts more than 1.500 plants that can survive in a Mediterranean climate without being watered. The space is dedicated to experimentations, research and awareness generation towards the environment. It also features an open-air theater, and an itinerary of contemporary art focused on the union of nature and culture. For more information, visit botanicaldrygarden.com.
Giardino dei Suoni
Il Giardino dei Suoni di Paul Fuchs (The Garden of Sounds by Paul Fuchs) is in Boccheggiano (Montieri). In an isolated garden of 2 hectares, you can find more than 20 works in iron, bronze and copper: they are arranged in particular positions and create sounds in complete harmony with the surrounding environment. Eccentric Bavarian artist Paul Fuchs created them. You can only visit by appointment. For more information, visit paulfuchs.com.
Giardino di Piero Bonacina
Il Giardino di Piero Bonacina – Arte a Parte (Piero Bonacina’s Garden – Art Apart) is located in Montegiovi (Castel del Piano). It consists of an outdoor Atelier rich in sculptures made of wood, metal, cement and local stones, including pietra arenaria di Manciano and travertino di Saturnia. The sculptures blend perfectly in the landscape. For more information, visit museidimaremma.it.
Giardino di Daniel Spoerri
Il Giardino di Daniel Spoerri is a sculpture garden created by Swiss artist Daniel Spoerri, located in Seggiano near Monte Amiata. The estate features 103 installations by about 50 artists in an area of 16 hectares. Of these, 79 bronze artworks are by Spoerri himself. For more information, visit danielspoerri.org.
Giardino dei Tarocchi
Located near Capalbio, Il Giardino dei Tarocchi (Tarot Garden) is an esoteric artistic park featuring gigantic statues representing the Major Arcana, or trump cards, in the Tarot deck. It was conceived by French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle. The 22 majestic statues were built with steel and cement covered with glass, mirrors and colored ceramics. For more information, visit ilgiardinodeitarocchi.it.
Sacro Bosco – Parco dei Mostri
Located in the neighboring region of Lazio, just 100 km from Argentario Golf & Wellness Resort, is the mysterious Sacro Bosco (Sacred Wood), also known as Parco dei Mostri (Monster Park) in Bomarzo. This Manieristic monumental complex was created during the 16th century in the gardens of condottiero and art patron Pier Francesco Orsini. The design is attributed to Pirro Ligorio, and the sculptures to Simone Moschino. The park’s name stems from the many larger-than-life sculptures, some sculpted in the bedrock. For more information, visit bomarzo.net.