Garden of the Villa di Geggiano

(Villa Bianchi Bandinelli)

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Five kilometres from Siena near Castelnuovo Berardenga, on the top of a hill covered in vineyards, stands villa di Geggiano, belonging as of 1527 to the Bianchi Bandinelli family.

Renovated between 1780 and 1790, it forms, together with the surrounding garden, a very unusual complex, both from the historical and the landscaping point of view.

Adorned with century-old cypresses and potted lemon plants and carefully-clipped box hedging, the garden boasts a unique Green theatre - where Alfieri, a family friend, staged some of his tragedies - equipped with two masonry proscenium arches in a late Baroque style embellished with statues and a vegetable garden decorated according to the canons of topiary art with a vegetable garden and a terraced fish-tank from which one can admire a wonderful view of the countryside opening out towards Siena.

The beautiful driveway, lined for a stretch with cypresses and another with ilex, enters the garden through one of the gateways opening into the boundary wall adorned with terracotta statues.

The villa, which dates back to the 13th century, houses a hall frescoed in 1790 by Ignazio Moder, a travelling Tyrolean painter. Five other rooms ('the Light-blue Room', 'Vittorio Alfieri's Room', 'the Green Drawing-Room', 'the Cardinal's Room', 'the Chat Room') still boast the original furniture in Venetian country-style; the decorations are from the French Cards or the Toile de Jouy fabrics covering the walls. Inside the building but giving onto the garden there is a veritable work of art, a small consecrated chapel.

While touring the gardens of Chianti - stay on a working vineyard, in village apartment or in a luxury country hotel.

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