Fall has always been my favorite time of year. The changing weather, changing color and desire for soup, tea, & red wine – all things that bring a smile to my face and make me enjoy this time of year a little more. It also reminds me of my fall spent studying abroad in Italy. I was fortunate enough to get to travel the country (and many nearby countries) and it was called fall quarter 2005. One of my favorite trips was a weekend adventure to the city of Verona, Italy with a couple of girlfriends.
We rented an apartment there and had no plan, although we knew we had to visit Juliet’s (of Romeo and Juliet) house – that was definitely on our to-do list, along with exploring another amazing city in Italy. We asked the local man who let us into our apartment what we should do while we were there. He responded (not knowing that we were landscape architecture students) that we needed to visit Giardino Giusti, one of Italy’s most beautiful Renaissance gardens, which happened to just be up the street. We had no idea, but am I so glad we didn’t miss out on visiting this lush, green garden (I mean ultimately we were there to study Landscape Architecture).
Once we got to the garden, we realized we were familiar with it from our history of Landscape Architecture class and text book from a previous quarter.
Giardino Giusti was built in the 16th Century as part of Giusti Palazzo, or Palace. It is a perfect example of an Italian garden.
Complete with Cypresses lining the main avenue, formal areas of boxwoods in mazes, and complete with oversized marble statues.
The garden terrace up the hill, at the very top is the great “Maskeron,” an oversized mask sculpture that provides a terrace with great vistas to view the entire city.
It is a beautiful Italian garden not to be missed. While in Italy we went to many beautiful gardens for class, including Villa d’este, Villa Lante and the entire region of Tuscany, where we were lucky to call home for three months, but Giardino Giusti was definitely one of my favorite adventures during my Fall in Italy.