Friday, September 24, 2021
Friday, September 24, 2021

The Giardino Giusti. A jewel out of time

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A green oasis just a few minutes from the historic center of Verona, Giardino Giusti is an urban complex of great beauty, which induces slowness and meditation and culminates with a belvedere from which you can enjoy a suggestive view of the city.

Perfect for those who want to leave behind for a few hours the hustle and bustle of the historic center, Giardino Giusti, a splendid example of a 16th-century Italian green space, contains collections of flowers, an avenue of cypress trees, fountains, acoustic caves, a labyrinth of hedges, valuable mythological and Renaissance statues and Roman artifacts. The area where the garden currently stands, along the ancient city walls, was purchased in 1400 by the Giusti family, of Tuscan origin, to develop the wool dyeing industry. In the second half of the 16th century, Count Agostino Giusti, a cultured man, fond of music and painting, decided to convert the productive settlement into a palace of representation and arranged the surrounding fields, recreating a typical Tuscan Renaissance garden, according to the architectural trends of the time. The result was an expanse of flat land, bordered to the north by a high cliff that climbs up Colle di San Pietro, followed by a small strip of land slightly undulating.

The Giardino Giusti became an obligatory stop on the grand tour: all the great intellectuals and personalities passing through Verona, from Cosimo III, to Mozart and Goethe, up to Emperor Joseph II and King Carlo Felice of Sardinia, cited it and praised its beauty. Even today the space retains its 16th-century appearance, orderly and symmetrical, although, going up to the belvedere and the upper garden, the vegetation becomes more varied and wild, with lower bushes, dog roses, carnations, acanthus, herbs, as well as magnificent specimens of fruit trees. This garden is a hidden gem, a romantic and timeless place, with a splendid view of Verona, which induces an immediate sense of tranquility and communion with nature.

Go on dreaming