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Villa Cicogna…

“the garden is brought into the architectural fabric of the house through frescoes of flowers and trellises...”

Edith Wharton’s Italian Gardens

Vivian Russell


Merchant Ivory’s

Room with a View

filmed in Florence, Fiesole, and surrounding hillside…


Medusa in terracotta…….


both from vintage House and Garden magazine pages…


Vacation rental in Chianti, Tuscany…

the most wonderful stone window ledges…

perfect for enjoying the view of the Florence hillside..

Castello di Bibbione


Boboli Gardens, Florence

“By1785 Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo of Lorraine had transformed what was previously a little zoo and animal keeper’s house into a hothouse for orange and lemon trees from the island garden of Isolotto, and created a garden in front of it.”

Edith Wharton’s Italian Gardens

Vivian Russell


“No mere description of this plan can convey the charm of this exquisite little theater approached through the mysterious dusk of the long pleached alley, and lying in sunshine and silence under its roof of blue sky, in its walls of unchanging verdure.”

Edith Wharton commenting on Villa Gori

Edith Wharton’s Italian Gardens

Vivian Russell

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