The sleeping beauty
The Garden ofProtected content
ranks prominently among Italy's historical gardens. Its importance lies chiefly in the presence of various layers that testify to the successive transformations that took place over more than three hundred years from the Reinaissance onwards.
In Protected content di Jacopo Corsi acquired a country property with a "casa da signore", or a noble's house, in Sesto Fiorentino. In front of the house is a garden, or rather lawn divided into quarters by two paths which form a cross. In the center one can see the fountain which is surmounted by a statue.
There are indications of a "ragnaia", or an area in which a net was spread to catch birds, as early as Protected content .
The "ragnaia" was a kind of extension, beyond the southern wall, of the "Vasca lunga" which was used as "peschiera" or fish-pond.
Around Protected content Antonio Corsi began modifications.
Substantial changes were made in particular to the garden, which became much larger and more refined.
Around Protected content , when more water was brought to the garden by marquis Antonio, the ragnaia was extended with a brick-built canal to a waterway (featuring thirteen falls) to an hemicyclical pool with two stone dolphins and another small pool with two niches and mosaic decorations in different materials.
The nearly Protected content long "ragnaia" is one of the most charming ornaments of the garden and it was considered by landscape architects of that age as one of the best ever planned and constructed. In Protected content ragnaia was divided into two parts to allow the passage of a road that was being built to facilitate the flow of traffic heading into the town of Sesto Fiorentino.
The lemon house, restored in the seconf half of the Protected content , is now used as a theatre of the avant-garde.
From January Protected content few years ago, the major part of the Sesto Villa was the Seat of the Universities of Wisconsin Michigan and Duke Academic Program in Florence.
Protected content at Sesto is still under ownership and control of the Guicciardinis.
Under an agreement between Sesto Fiorentino's municipality and the Guicciardinis, thanks to the support of volunteers of the local association for Tourism, it is possible to visit the Villa's garden on specific opening days upon written request.
Eventually, I could get 8 admissions for us, so please if you sign up, don't give up at the last minute leaving unused places.
HOW TO GET to the Villa: Tram T1 to Piazza Dalmazia,
from there, bus nr. 2 at 9:49
GET OFF Bus stop: GRAMSCI 09
( see the route on Protected content
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