6 open-air museums you really have to visit
Arte contemporanea in bellissimi parchi. Luoghi magici e suggestivi per chi ha voglia di visitare un museo immerso nella natura. La Toscana ne ospita di veramente unici. Ecco quelli da non perdere!
Contemporary art in beautiful gardens. Magical, evocative places for those seeking a museum in natural surroundings. Tuscany is home to some really special examples. Here are the art gardens you shouldn’t miss!
ROSE GARDEN OF FLORENCE
One of Florence’s loveliest gardens is just below Piazzale Michelangelo. A thousand plant species and more than 300 antique rose varieties in a terraced garden overlooking the city, featuring a delightful Japanese Shorai oasis. Since 2011 the garden has been home to the bronze sculptures of Belgian artist Jean Michel Folon.
CASTELLO DI AMA – GAIOLE IN CHIANTI (SI)
Great wines and contemporary art in the heart of the Chianti, with works by Michelangelo Pistoletto, Daniel Buren, Anish Kapoor, Louise Bourgeois and Miroslaw Balka scattered among the state-of-the-art winery, the ancient cellars, the 18th-century villas and their chapels, the gardens and vineyards that surround the village.
CHIANTI SCULPTURE PARK
Località la Fornace – Pievasciata (SI)
A forest filled with art, home to the site-specific projects of 26 artists from all over the world, including Labyrinth by British artist Jeff Saward and Energy, the glass and steel installation by Greek Costas Varotsos. The site also has an amphitheatre which hosts summer events and concerts.
KURT LAURENZ METZLER SCULPTURE PARK
Via Senese, 5 – Monticiano (SI)
In the garden surrounding his home and studio on the edge of a small village near Siena, the Swiss artist positioned fifty or so of his sculptures, enlivening the space with colourful dancers, human and mechanical figures made in bronze, iron and aluminium.
DANIEL SPOERRI GARDEN
Strada Provinciale Pescina – Seggiano (GR)
It was 1991 when the Romanian-born Swiss artist Daniel Spoerri chose this small town to create his art garden, which contains his own works as well as pieces by internationally renowned artists including Dieter Roth, Mauro Staccioli and Erwin Wurm. There’s a total of 113 installations by 55 artists in an area covering 16 hectares.
Inspired by Gaudí’s masterly Parc Güell in Barcelona, this is perhaps Tuscany’s most famous art garden, and definitely the most over-the-top and Instagrammable. The 22 figures of the Tarot are presented as sculptures 12-15 metres high, covered with mosaic, glass and mirrors in vivid colours. At the entrance is a pavilion designed by acclaimed architect Mario Botta. (ph. Peter Gränser, © Fondazione Il Giardino dei Tarocchi)