A park of brightly-coloured exoteric statues immersed in the enchantment of the lower Grosseto Maremma area just 10 minutes from the seas of Capalbio. Anyone who has visited and fallen in love with Gaudì’s Parque Guell in Barcelona or the more…
A park of brightly-coloured exoteric statues immersed in the enchantment of the lower Grosseto Maremma area just 10 minutes from the seas of Capalbio.
Anyone who has visited and fallen in love with Gaudì’s Parque Guell in Barcelona or the more local Parco dei Mostri in Bomarzo will be pleased to hear that there is another park, in Tuscany: lost in the infinite horizon of the lower Tuscan Maremma area, the Giardino dei Tarocchi glows with its statues, mirrors and mosaics.
Conceived from Niki de Saint Phalle’s seemingly impossible dream, the Garden is a hugely successful tourist destination suitable for adults and children alike. But beware: it is only open half days from April to October.
There are twenty-two large statues hiding in the park’s dense vegetation, all inspired by the figures of the Major Arcana of tarot cards. Some, such as the High Priestess and the Magician, rise unshyly from the main square; you can catch glimpses of others as you wander further into the two striking hectares of land that act as a backdrop to the scene. Others are set up as dwellings for the builders involved in the project – including Niki herself, obviously.
They are made of steel and cement and covered in glass, mirrors and coloured ceramics. Each visit is pervaded by a sense of absolute enchantment, mystery and esotericism.
Niki dedicated all her energy to the Garden. Building started in 1977, and continued for more than seventeen years. Many worked together to make its construction possible, including employees, a team of famous artists and enthusiastic citizens.
In 1997, Niki de Saint Phalle established the Il Giardino dei Tarocchi Foundation with the aim of preserving and maintaining her own work. On 15th May 1998, the Giardino dei Tarocchi was opened to the public; however, as you wander the park you will notice that some works have not been terminated and, in fact, one statue remains incomplete: work stopped upon the artist’s death in 2002. One of her most curious wishes was to completely prohibit guided tours of the park, leaving the garden open to the free interpretation of its visitors.
Undoubtedly the best way to reflect on the sculptures and their mysteries is while sipping a glass of good Tuscan wine on a terrace in Capalbio while admiring the sunset, the colourful houses and the horizon, taking a piece of the magic of the garden and making it one’s own.
From 1st April to 15th October, Mon-Sun from 2:30pm to 7:30pm
Full ticket € 12.00 Reduced € 7.00
Free entrance to children under seven and people with disabilities