What is Italy’s Style of Gardens?

When visiting the fabulous country of Italy, most will immediately set off to the famous buildings nestled within. But after seeing the impressive buildings the country is so famous for why not trek outside to see the spectacular gardens attached? Back in the day, art was such an important feature in the country’s existence, with every aspect of their lives decorated. Eventually, the iconic art spread to the outdoors, with gardens bursting with style, meaning, and beauty. Over the years Italy’s garden has taken its own form, with signature designs, layouts, and artwork within.

Design of the Gardens

Italian gardens are all about symmetry, with geometrically shaped squares, rectangles, and triangles all appearing throughout the gardens. This can appear in flower beds, hedges, and the layout of the concrete walking paths, with centrepieces in the middle.  As well, a lot of the gardens can have different layers, as back in the day a lot of significant houses were on top of hills. This develops the Italian’s taste in terraces, which overlooked the surrounding view.

Set Up of the Gardens

A promenade which is a basic feature in Italian is a wide pathway that is lined with manicured hedges. Used to stroll the garden, seeing the design from the best perspective, usually being the centre.  Its purpose is both to see and to be seen in the garden, actually as a stage and a lookout for the greenery. As well courtyard sections at as a signature element and used throughout.

Plants Used

Most of the time, Italian style gardens are usually a constant traditionally green. This means a bucket load of hedges and evergreen trees, with just a few colourful flowers littered around. Climbing vines are also used throughout, covering shade areas, or creeping up walls to decorate plain buildings.


Water is a significant part of an Italian garden, featuring in fountains, ponds, or cascades. The water is even manipulated to form a certain shape such as forming arch shapes to match the design on the garden.  

Sculptures in the Gardens

Featuring some actual art into the garden is also very Italian. With sculptures littering most in some aspect. Sculptures of gods and goddess were common, either standing in the centre areas or moulding into the fountain.

The Vatican Gardens

When visiting Italy there are so many gardens you can visit, but the most famous is undoubtedly the Vatican gardens. The garden began in 1279 when Pope Nicholas III planted an orchard, lawn, and garden. Throughout the years the garden grew, with each new pope creating their own section or feature. Nowadays, the garden is immense, having different themed sections, with historic buildings scattered within. Take a tour in this incredible wonderland and see both the history and beauty of the area.  

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