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The Park

An oasis of peace and tranquility in the center of Florence

 

Casa Betania’s  Park, a green oasis bordering with the famous historic garden Corsi Annalena, is not visible from the outside and is located between Via de 'Serragli and Via Romana.

The park is well kept and equipped and is available all year round.

Inside the park there is a children's section, equipped with several games and a soccer field.

Some areas are equipped with tables and benches in order to enable guests to organize themselves in a relaxing lunch or dinner in the green of our park.

Historical background of the garden Corsi Annalena

On this ground he had found home, around 1441, the monastery of St. Vincent founded by Countess "Anna Elena" daughter of Count Galeotto Malatesta. Crossed by fortifications built by Cosimo I during the war against Siena, the area was once again turned upside down with their demolition took place in 1571. Under these fortifications, Cosimo I had dug an underground passage that currently puts in direct connection to the gardens Boboli, Corsi and Torrigiani. This underground route, traces of which are still evident, allowed to Cosimo I to leave undisturbed from Florence.

In the year 1791 the Marquis Thomas Corsi, bought this Ortiva half a hectare of land and on this ground, generally referred to as "vegetable garden of the Moors", the architect Giuseppe Manetti between 1801 and 1810, commissioned by the Marquis Tommaso Corsi, he realized what can be considered the first example of romantic garden in Florence.

Skillfully using the great mass of material that invaded the land, the area was raised above the surrounding streets, with a series of highlights panoramic views on the terrace on Via dei Serragli. Although the extension was modest, Manetti managed to create an environment with various "rooms" so that visiting it you lose the feeling of being in a city, isolating themselves in an idealized natural environment.

The main problem for the builders of the time was therefore to expand the available interior space, while isolating it from the surrounding urban context. To achieve this Manetti structured his project on two main elements: a large elliptical patch of boxwood and a terrace stating on Via de 'Serragli, to which you can access via a paved ramp.

According to this program the terrace became an expedient to enlarge the view from a confined space, to an interesting landscape such as the Tuscan countryside, which at the time was still visible; Today you can still admire the Torrigiani garden as much as the hills just outside the walls.

You enter the garden from a neoclassical entrance with two bas-reliefs of dancing girls. The furnishings of the firmly placed on the neoclassical canons garden constitute a single unit.
A winding path that curves through the trees leads to a terracotta statue enclosed in a niche with laurustine, up to a large elliptical flower bed with geometric beds boxwood; on one side you have a greenhouse, while in the center a fountain has a copy of Putto with dolphin by Verrocchio. Further along is the great geometric parterre, with a central fountain another.
Among the furniture is of great interest the semicircular bench in stone located in the highest part of the garden along the Medicean walls, leaning against a portico decorated with festoons in stucco with a decoration also rebroadcast on the facade overlooking the garden.

Numerous statues of classical mythological figures adorn the green area, like those of the Muses, terracotta, originally covered in a marble polished stucco. They recognize each other for objects that bear in hand such as a comic mask for Talia, a harp for Euterpe, a lyra for Erato, a globe for Urania, according to the codified classical iconography. The beauty of the drapery lavishly decorated and faces adorned with complex hairstyles are very reminiscent of the Hellenic statuary

The artifact most representative of the entire plant is certainly the temple place at the intersection between Via de 'Mori and Via Romana, "The temple of Canto" realized in 1810. The elegant building with a slightly curved facade, it is placed at a height of about three meters above street level and has a balustrade decorated with a bas-relief depicting two genes, one of which holds the lyre and the other a laurel wreath. Above four Tuscan columns support a simple cornice and a pediment decorated with thyrsus and flying ribbons. In a niche on the back wall of the temple was a statue of Mercury, patron deity of roads and travelers that favored the choice of the right way.

The garden is cared for very carefully, but it is privately owned and is open only on special occasions.

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