Discover this “oasis of beauty created with patience and love”- thus described by Paolo Peyron. The stunning formal gardens of Villa Peyron, the spacious park, and the surrounding Fontelucente woods and olive groves are located on the hills of Fiesole, enjoying spectacular views of Florence to the south and of Castel di Poggio to the east. It is the ideal destination for a day on the outskirts of Florence, far from the crowd.
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The stunning formal gardens of Villa Peyron, the spacious park, and the surrounding Fontelucente woods and olive groves are located on the hills of Fiesole, enjoying spectacular views of Florence to the south and of Castel di Poggio to the east.
Above the Villa, a 16th century fountain provides the water necessary for the many fountains, as well as for the small artificial lake. The gardens are laid out on three terraces which descend south towards Florence, planted with luxuriant boxwood parterres. The first terrace was probably created at the time when the villa was first built, while the second and third were part of the sweeping restoration and modifications undertaken by the Peyron family in the early part of the 20th century.
In all likelihood, the villa was built on Etruscan architectural remains still visible in the walls surrounding the lake. Paolo Peyron, heir to the Villa Peyron estate donated the entire property to the Fondazione Parco Monumentale Bardini, sponsored by Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze Foundation, which was already involved in the restoration of the Florentine Bardini Garden. As a result of this donation, the Foundation gained approval to officially name the complex of the Villa and its park a valuable example of the "Garden of the 20th Century." Preserving and promoting these historical gardens is one of the main objectives of the Foundation, as well as educating youth about nature and the environment.
There are many elements which make the Villa Peyron gardens absolutely worth a visit. These include the majestic cypresses protecting the Villa itself, the double hedges of box framing the roses, the series of gentle staircases (note the etruscan dry-stone wall) leading to the lake.
The semicircle terrace is dedicated to the great conductor Riccardo Muti, in remembrance of the maestro's love for the garden.
The lake was dug in 1960, at the point in which a spring created a torrent. The goal was initially agricultural, but the lake was then converted into an exclusively esthetic element best appreciated from the upper part of the stairs. Theo the swan is its only resident.
The chapel is dedicated to Madonna della Pace. In the middle of the simple garden with four flower beds framed by box hedges, a baptismal fountain is located. Both Paolo Peyron and his brother Guido, a famous painter, rest here.
The water filling the stone pool comes from a natural source in the highest part of the property. The Fonte Lucente (“bright spring”) provides the water – and the name for the garden and the surrounding woods. The pool is the focal point of the garden, and the best place to admire the villa.
More “green rooms” form a part of the garden, which also includes a trail into the woods. It winds between high pines and oaks, and traverses a space once dedicated to quiet tea parties. Nearby, guarding the mystery of the wood, you'll encounter the statue of the god Pan.
The Japanese lake, the statues of nymphs and dancers, the series of waterfalls, architectural elements such as walls and an artificial cave, as well as the terracotta pergola, create refreshing rhythms and welcome you to silence and peace.
Single ticket without price reductions: € 10.00 + € 1.00 pre-sale fee (minimum 10 people)
The Dr. Vranjes store is located in Via della Spada 9/r, at the center of Florence's quadrangular shopping area, close to the most prestigious brands of fashion and a few steps from the luxurious Via Tornabuoni.
The store has become a window into the Dr. Vranjes universe, in which customers from all over the world recognize themselves.
Every client presenting a WEEKEND in ITALY voucher will be given
- a complimentary scented bookmark, regardless of purchase
- a free Dr. Vranjes Shea Lip-balm for a purchase minimum of € 30.00
- a free fragrance spray 25 ml for a purchase minimum of € 100.00
Via della Spada 9r - Firenze
Via San Gallo 63r - Firenze
Borgo la Croce 44r - Firenze
Via Fiori Chiari 24 - Milano
Since 1888, Dante Cardini is one of the landmark jewelers on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. You will find brands such as CHIMENTO jewelry, Roberto Poggiali and BARAKA, with contemporary design, as well as the exclusive DANTE CARDINI creations for the more traditional taste.
Owners Massimo and Elisabetta will welcome you in the elegant but informal atmosphere of the store, and guide you in a unique and unforgettable experience for a visit to the terraces from which you will enjoy the beautiful view over the Arno River and the city of Florence.
Clients presenting a WEEKEND in ITALY voucher will be offered a 10% discount on their purchase.
Gioielleria Cardini - Ponte Vecchio 34/R - Florence
Founded in 1860, Fratelli Peruzzi Argentieri is one of the oldest companies in the silversmithing industry of Florence.
Gianna and her sister-in-law Laura are the fourth generation of a family of silversmiths to carry on the tradition that Giuseppe Peruzzi started over 150 years ago.
Dedicated to craftsmanship, we’ll take any request and fulfill the client’s wishes. In addition to being engaged in the research and trade of silver and gold, we proudly display the prestigious brand identification “FI 114,“ among the oldest in Florence.
The production of those items that created the renown of Fratelli Peruzzi over the course of all these years passionately continues in our workshop behind the boutique.
A dream that continues into reality.
FREE COLLECTIBLE GIFT!
Present your voucher and receive a complimentary Hard Rock Cafe gift.
Valid with Euro 25 purchase in the Cafe or Rock Shop. Valid till 30th of Dec. 2015. Not valid with other offers.
One per person per visit. Valid only at Florence location
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