My garden is a metaphysical and meditative place, a place far from the crowds and the pressing of time, where it is possible to taste its many beauties and the esoteric meanings of the sculptures. A place that makes your eyes and hearts rejoice.
I believe no words can describe the Tarot Garden better than those written by its creator, the french artist Niki de Saint Phalle.
She was inspired by Gaudì’s Park Guell while visiting Barcellona, then she found the perfect place where her artistic project could be realized: the hills near Capalbio, in the very south of Tuscany.
She bought a piece of land and gave birth to a magnificent example of land art by building 22 sculptures representing the major arcana of tarot divination.
Some sculpture is human size big, some is as big as a house: in fact, the Empress is actually a house where Niki and her husband (who was also an artist) used to live during the creation of the Garden, and as all the sculptures in the Garden, it’s entirely covered with glass and ceramic mosaic pieces (even inside!).
I think this simbol-filled garden represents the essence of southern Tuscany: it’s a place that can bring happiness and joy with its colors and light, but at the same time it’s a quiet path that helps you exploring your inner side trought meditation.
The Garden is open every day from april first to october 15th (2:30 pm – 7:30 pm). Entrance ticket costs 12€. During wintertime it opens the first saturday of every month (9 am – 1 pm) FREE ENTRANCE!