Besides the popular sights of the area (Etruscan to Renaissance period), picturesque small towns such as Siena, San Gimignano or Orvieto, there are also less well-known (and less overcrowded) places, e.g. Santa Fiora, Montalcino o Santa Fiora to be discovered.
Other sculpture gardens are of interest suggesting to compare them to the “Giardino”. The subject of the relationship between art and nature can be studied in historical gardens (Parco dei Mostri – Bomarzo) as well as in modern parks (Fattoria di Celle – San Tomato or
Tarot Garden by Niki de St. Phalle, who, being the second wife of Jean Tinguely, was closely linked to the Nouveaux Réalistes, the famous group which was founded among others by Arman, Jean Tinguely and Daniel Spoerri.


  Sculpture Gardens  

Going from Grosseto in the direction of Rome:
„Il Giardino dei Tarocchi“, the Tarot-garden by Niki de Saint Phalle
open to public 12th Mai – 19th October
daily 2:30 pm - 7:30 p.m.
Località Garavicchio, 58011 Capalbio (Gr)

direction of Montalcino, Lago di Bolsena:
“La Serpara”
by appointment
Paul Wiedmer & Jacqueline Dolder
loc.serpara 1
I-01020 Civitella d' Agliano (VT)
tel./fax: +39 0761 91 40 71

adjacent to Pistoia:
“Fattoria di Celle”
Tel. +39 0573 479907
Fax +39 0573 479486
By prior arrangement by telephone only!

Another garden in the region of Pistoia:
Collodi´s garden (the writer Collodi was the author of "Pinocchio")
Giardino di Collodi

Direction of Rome, after Orvieto there is the classical garden (mannerism) by Vicino Orsini:
"Parco dei Mostri“
01020 Bomarzo – Viterbo
Tel.: 0761/924029

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The monastery San Antimo (diretion of Montalcino)

The small village of Santa Fiora with its church “La Pieve delle Sante Flora e Lucilla” which hosts ceramic works by della Robbia

Because of its volcanic origin the Monte Amiata region has many thermal springs, among which are Saturnia, Petriolo and the Bagni di San Filippo. The open-air basin at Bagno Vignoni is well-known to cinema lovers who remember an impressive scene from the film “Nostalghia” by Andrej Tarkovskij in which a beautiful red-haired young woman carries a candle while wading slowly through the water.

The monastery Abbazia SS Salvatore (founded around 750) was of utmost spiritual importance in the Middle Ages.