Giardino Giusti

Famous in the world for its magnificent mixture of nature, art and history, the Giardino Giusti has been celebrated throughout the centuries by the most illustrious figures of European culture and history, including Mozart and Goethe. Situated behind the 16th century Palazzo Giusti, the oldest part of the garden was created during the second half of the 15th century.
Over the years it underwent several transformations. During its fast phase of restoration, which took piace in 1930, talented landscape designers replenished its Renaissance character.
Flowerbeds, statues, stairways and artificial grottoes are arranged along the avenue of cypresses leading up to the section with terracing.

Along the downward slope visitors enjoy fascinating arrangement, according to which lower vegetation gives way, step-by-step, to the presence of trees and bushes. Within the garden, there is a private collection of Latin epigraphs, as well as a rare labyrinth formed by Buxus sempervirens.
There are also citrus tree greenhouses, with statues by Bernardino Ridolfi, who worked together with Andrea Palladio, to whom one can probably attribute the large mask above the garden. The artificial grotto carved in tufo stone is rather unusual, with an entrance that makes it look like a little temple. The belvedere makes it possible for visitors to behold the garden in its entirety, also offering a very beautiful panoramic view over the city of Verona.