You’d be hard-pressed to find a classic Italian garden more beautiful than the Giusti Garden in Verona Italy, just a short walk from the city center. Verona’s most visited site is probably Juliet’s balcony from Romeo & Juliet — a tourist trap if ever there were one. (Juliet never existed and the balcony never existed until the city chose one!)
|Snow White looking for
her Prince Charming.
But this garden? It’s no trap. Its’ a genuine Renaissance garden, built in 1580, with terraces up the side of a hill, a hedge maze, parterres, a belvedere (overlook), greenhouse, and classic statuary.
As you can see from the photos there was not a lot of color in the garden – who needs it when you have this to look at every day? The day we were there, a professional photographer and models dressed as Cinderella and Prince Charming were being photographed. What a perfect backdrop for a fairy tale photo shoot.
It is said that garden design, originally, was spiritually inspired to represent heaven on earth. If heaven looked like this, I would not be disappointed. Then again, I’m trying to make my own back yard into my own little version of heaven — and it looks nothing like this!
|After 400-plus years, your fountain tends to develop
more character, charm, and slime.
|Love a good parterre maze. Almost lost my wife forever in this one.|
|The light in this garden in the late afternoon was stunning. Almost wish we could have seen it later when the sun was a bit lower.|
|The view of Verona, Italy from the upper-most terrace.|
|It’s about the meanest-looking belvedere we’ve ever seen.|