Villa Garzoni Garden

Visit a Renaissance Garden in Tuscany

Villa Garzoni Garden, created in the 18th century, is one of Tuscany’s most beautiful gardens. Cascading down the hill below the 17th century Villa Garzoni, the garden merges Renaissance symmetry with the spectacular effects of the Baroque.

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One Side of Villa Garzoni Garden and Visitor Center

What to See in Garzoni Garden and Butterfly House

Visitors enter through a former agricultural building that now houses the ticket office and exhibit center where you’ll see historic photos and documents related to the villa and temporary exhibitions.

Exiting the building, you’re at the bottom of the garden with a great view of the main garden and stone staircases leading up the steep hill. You’ll notice the symmetry immediately as the right and left sides are the same with a central focal point of Neptune’s Grotto below stone stairs and a water staircase flowing from above.

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Villa Garzoni Garden in Collodi, Tuscany

Walking through the garden you’ll come upon a variety of statues ranging from animals and everyday people to busts of gods, goddesses, and emperors.

Seasonal flowers bloom in the lower beds, roses line some of the paths and there are box hedges and palm trees. At the high point of the garden, above the water staircase, there’s a large pool with a fountain above it and a collection of 19th century camellias. A labyrinth is off the pathway at the top that leads to the villa (which is not open to visitors).

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Statue Above Villa Garzoni Garden

Within the garden is a butterfly house, a tropical garden inside a greenhouse where butterflies and small birds fly about freely. The butterfly house is home to hundreds of tropical butterflies of at least 13 species, coming from where the largest and most colorful butterflies are found. Butterflies land on the feeding stations where they’re easy to see. Educational panels explain the life cycle of butterflies.

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Butterfly in Butterfly House, Collodi

Plan Your Visit to Villa Garzoni Garden

Garzoni Garden and Butterfly House are open daily from 1 March through 4 November, starting at 9AM (closing times vary by month). In other months, it’s usually open on Saturdays and holidays, 10AM to sunset. In 2018, adult tickets cost 13 euro or 22 euro for a combination ticket that includes Pinocchio Park (reduced prices for children and seniors). See Garzoni Historical Garden for current hours and prices.

Eat lunch at Villa Garzoni Restaurant by the exit, either on the nice outdoor patio or in the room upstairs with views of the garden.

While in Collodi, visit Pinocchio Park, a low-key family theme park related to the famous puppet. Follow the Pinocchio trail through the park to see puppet shows, play areas, and statues of characters from the story. Or spend a little time wandering through the hill town that rises above the river with a castle at the top.

Getting There:
Villa Garzoni is in Collodi, about 60 kilometers west of Florence between Montecatini Terme and Lucca. Take the A11 autostrada and exit at Chiesina Uzzanese from Montecatini and Florence or Capannori from Lucca. From Lucca there are direct buses to Collodi so you can visit as a day trip. By train, the closest station is in Pescia with a bus connections to Collodi.

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Villa Garzoni Above the Garden

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  1. Greg Speck

    Thank you for posting. Your blog is a continued source for travel Ideas to Italy.

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Villa Garzoni Garden originally appeared on , updated: Jul 11, 2018.