Via dei Serragli, 144
The Torrigiani Garden is found between via de' Serragli, via del Campuccio and the stretch of wall that spans viale Francesco Petrarca. It is a large park with a palace called Casino Torrigiani al Campuccio.
It is one of the few large green areas, still present inside the wall, in an optimal state of conservation and constitutes a typical example of the romantic style that marked the beginning of the 18th century. By the 16th century there was already a Torrigiani property in the Campuccio zone.At the end of the 18th century, with the extinction of the family, the inheritance of Cardinal Ludovico Maria Torrigiani was passed to his grandson, Pietro Guadagni who then assumed the name of his uncle and in the small property of Campuccio he started the construction of the garden. Between 1802 and 1817, with successive acquisitions, marquis Torrigiani expanded the property, which from via del Campuccio extended until via de' Serragli, to the walls, to the current Piazza Tasso, reaching an area of ten hectares.
The task to design the grand garden was given to Luigi Cambray Digny (1813-1814), of which was taken over by the young Gaetano Baccani. It then became an English park, rich with Arcadian influences and, above all, the symbolism of masonry, in which Pietro Torrigiani took part. The presence of the Medici wall served to move the plans forward, which was characterized by richness of small buildings, statues, and botanical peculiarities, a little after its creation, of “a guide for use by visitors”. The guide cited about thirte points of interest, such as l'Ipogeo, la Grotta di Merlino, la Giostra coperta, Il Giardino degli agrumi e dei fiori, la Cavallerizza, L'arcadia, il Romitorio, il Gymnasium, la grande Torre, L'ucceliera, la Limonaia, il Torrente col magnifico ponte. Today the garden isn't so rich with works of art, although the enviornment has remained well conserved and one of the most important English gardens of Florence.
Beyond the Arno. On the left bank of the river, you’ll find a district that is famous for its unique cultural identity. Not only can visitors explore churches, museums, gardens, galleries and tabernacles, they can also discover streets and squares where history and culture still form the cornerstones of the area’s distinctive flair. On a walk through the Oltrarno, visitors can wander through lovely churches or view extraordinary museum collections. Its cultural heritage is truly unique within the Florentine context and it is just waiting to be discovered by those who wish to learn more about it.