The Giusti Palace and Garden in Verona is one of the most beautiful Italian parks counting more than 400 years old.
The Giusti Garden is a stunning palace and park complex that is stretched on the hills of the eastern part of the city. The park was created in 1580 and is a perfect example of the Renaissance landscape art.
The title of Giusti originates from the surname of the powerful family, which owned this garden for several centuries. It was founded by prince Agostino Giusti.
The mansion at the center of the spectacular garden is a building peculiar to the Renaissance. The building stands at the base of the hill and has a U-shape that is traditional for mansions of those times. There is a rectangular-shape parterre in front of the villa. It is surrounded by strict lines of terraces that lead to the Italian garden and the cypress alley.
In general, the entire landscape design is outlined by strict geometric lines. Beautiful alleys cross at the angle of 90 degrees, and the neatly cut shrubs and slender cypresses underline this effect.
The garden has a small labyrinth made of hedge. According to the legend, if two lovers manage to find each other in these dead ends and turns, they will be together forever.
In addition to the bright greenery the garden features antique marble statues including several works of architect Alessandro Vittoria (XVI century), acoustic grottos and a number of fountains. The top of the hill is crowned by sculpture that formerly served for spewing fire. The view to Verona and the Adige river opening from the far end of the garden is truly amazing. It is not accidental that these gourgeous garden alleys were sources of inspiration for the creators and the place of walk for the greatest rulers.
For the whole rich history the garden was changed many times. The most scale works were conducted after the Second World War – then almost all plants were broken or distroyed.
Today the park is the favorite lounge place for the Italians and one of the brightest sights of Verona. One can enjoy splendid aromas and beautiful views for hours here.