Villa Garzoni



The Villa Garzoni is in Collodi, Tuscany, Italy. The gardens originated in the 17th Century to grace the castle residence of the Garzoni family. The more modern Villa can be seen on the hillside.
The gardens are world famous for their water features making full use of the steep hillside to drive various fountains and a cascade down a water staircase to the lower level. Unfortunately when I visited and took these photographs last year, the main cascade was not functioning but their were plenty other water features. One such is featured here.

The Cathedral at Siena

The amazing Cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, at Siena with its 14th Century Facade. There follow the Venetian Central mosaic artwork made in 1878 depicting the Coronation of the Virgin, designed by Luigi Mussini. The third photograph shows the incredible carving and sculptures along the whole extent of the facade and in particular Romulus and Remus being suckled by the wolf.



The Golden Baptistry Door at Florence (in the rain!)

The beautifully gilded Baptistry Door, opposite the Cathedral main entrance in Florence. The occasion somewhat spoilt by incessant day long rain. After taking these photographs we retired to the nearest cafe and stayed there as long as we decently could, bearing mind the ever lengthening queue, outside!