Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Perfect Italian Garden – Villa Gamberaia – Part I

I had really been looking forward to visiting Villa Gamberaia.  I was also a little apprehensive.  Like the movie that gets rave reviews and then turns out to be … good, but not great, and after all the hype, ends … Continue reading

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The First Renaissance Gardens – Part III – Villa Medicea di Castello

Throughout my most recent trip to Tuscany – mid May to June, 2013  – I was plagued by bad weather.  It was the coldest (several mornings the temperature gauge in my car hovered between 6 and 7) and rainiest (not … Continue reading

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The First Renaissance Garden – Part II – Villa Petraia

The first time I visited Villa Castello and Villa Petraia I went by car.  Unlike some poor tourists – you can read about their misadventures on Trip Advisor – I actually found them.  I don’t know which was more stressful – … Continue reading

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The First Renaissance Garden – Part I

Today I’m heading to the hills west of Florence to visit two gardens.  My plan was to start with Villa Medicea di Castello and then walk over to Villa Petraia.  Hopefully the rain will hold off. It seemed fitting to start … Continue reading

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The Perfect Italian Garden – Villa Gamberaia II

There seems to have been what IT people rather cavalierly refer to as  a “glitch” in the publishing of this post.  On my “working” screen it shows as published, but a friend has just pointed out that it is absent … Continue reading

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Flourishing, Flowering Florence

Does the title strike you as a little over-the-top, even for the birthplace of the Renaissance?  It might not if you take into account that all that alliteration is actually, in a nutshell, the story of how the city got … Continue reading

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