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Storico Giardino Garzoni

Collodi, Pistoia

Family friendly
Bookshop
Dog Friendly
Partially wheelchair accessible
Bar/Restaurant
Historic garden
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Piazza della Vittoria, 3
51012 Collodi (PT)

T./F. +39 0572 427314

GPS coordinates:
Latitudine: 43.899042
Longitudine: 10.652894

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Opening times

Season 2020
May 22 - December 31
Every day, from Monday to Sunday and on holidays: June 2, August 15, November 1, December 8, December 25-26

Timetables
Until October 24 from 10am to 7pm
(last entry at 6pm)
From October 25 to November 1 from 10am to 6pm
(last entry at 5pm)
From November 1st to December 31st
(times updated but open every day)

Tickets

Storico Giardino Garzoni + Parco di Pinocchio
Adults: € 15
Reduced (5 - 14 years - over 65): € 12
Reduced junior * (3 - 4 years): € 10
Groups (min. 20 pax): € 12
Families ** (2 adults +1 child): € 33
Children (0-3): free

*The ticket doesn't include Adventure Routes that are reserved for children from 1 meter up to 1.5 meters older than 5 years
** In case of other children the price is increased by 9 € per child. The reduced family rate also applies in the case of 2 children and 1 adult



How to reach
By car
Highway A1 direction Florence Exit A15 towards La Spezia / Parma West. Continue until the exit for A12 / E80 towards Livorno. Take the Viareggio-Camaiore exit for A11 toward Lucca / Florence Exit Chiesina Uzzanese. Continue towards Pescia (5 Km) and then follow the directions to Collodi (4 Km).

Parking
Near the entrance to the Villa there is a large parking on payment.


By train
From Firenze Santa Maria Novella railway station, take the regional Lucca. Get off at the Pescia station and go to the bus station. Take the U803 Line Pescia - Collodi.

By bus
You can reach Collodi with a shuttle, seasonal or on reservation for groups, which starts from Montecatini Terme and has a bus stop at the railway station of Pescia.
History
The villa and garden are an extraordinary example of eighteenth century Tuscan taste and culture. The Garzonis were a powerful family from Pescia, of Ghibelline stock, who had suffered the confiscation of their property, banishment and exile. They fled to Lucca where they rose to the highest State offices. The age-old taste for provocation and defiance led them to build a villa here on the ancient boundary between the Grand Duchy and the Republic of Lucca.

First evidence of the villa dates back to Marquess Romano in 1633 and Alessandro Garzoni, who was probably also the first architect of the garden, already set out in its present form in 1652. The imposing work took 170 years to complete.

The final layout and the miraculous Summer House are due to the talent and whim of Ottavino Diodati. The garden, which opens like a theatre with water games and star-shaped fountains, immediately aroused the envy of Princes and Kings. Not only can it compete with the great Italian gardens (Villa d'Este, Boboli and the Royal Park of Caserta), but also European ones such as Versailles, Fontainebleau, Saint-Cloud, Potsdam, Wichelmhohe and Schonbrunn in Vienna. It expresses the same great post-Renaissance ideals, the rigorous geometric structures softened by plants, epic and fantastic statues, masks and fountains.

The villa, known as ''of the hundred windows'', is of legendary beauty. The bedroom where Napoleon is supposed to have stayed is on the first floor, as is the great kitchen where Collodi, the nephew/grandson of the Garzoni's bailiff, spent many moments of his childhood.
Accessibility
A cause of the particular geographical layout of the garden, the accessibility for the disabled persons is limited to the lower part of the parterre, where there is the Butterfly House.
Pet friendly
Dogs are allowed on a leash.


Diodati Ottaviano

Landscape Architect.

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