Design with Nature

Time to blend in some photography again… this is from Tuscany with a view of Florence.

Under the Tuscan Thumb

“If you get pure beauty, you get about the best thing God has to give.”

The quote is attributed to an anonymous artist long ago, cited by the British writer, Charles Latham in his 1905 book, The Gardens of Italy. The sentiment sums up the intention of the Italian villa—pure beauty! And Villa Gamberaia, set in the peaceful hills overlooking Florence is certainly no exception. This incredible garden in the Tuscan landscape has been studied and celebrated by architectural historians and garden designers throughout the centuries. In fact, the painter may have been standing in Gamberaia’s garden when he first spoke those words that captured Latham’s imagination.

However, the country villa and garden that we see today didn’t start out that way. As with anything, beauty often comes from simple beginnings, patience, generous care, and in the case of an Italian villa, they are touched  and retouched over…

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