Going for gardens is a project that aims to stimulate the understanding of this vast Italian environmental heritage and that landscape that shapes our beautiful country where, as in a schedule, the signs of our history and our culture can be read.
We want to offer a new opportunity and continue virtually with images and videos, to go to gardens to grasp the beauty, harmony and contemporary signs of the evolution of the landscape. Aware that in order to fully understand them it is then necessary to attend them, breathe their atmosphere, scents, observe their colors, contrasts, light, and above all respect and safeguard them.
Andare Per Giardini is a project of documentation, enhancement and promotion of historical and contemporary gardens and Italian landscapes. It already collects numerous cards of residences and gardens widely documented, open and constantly updated with stories of protagonists, owners and artists who have worked or lived there, with a rich photographic presentations, videos and interviews.
These images can take us back in time towards the end of the 1400s, to the View of the Chain of Florence with a view of the Fiesolano hill or to the Perspective View of Venice by Jacopo De Barbari with the orchards and gardens of Giudecca.
The initiative was sponsored by the Municipality of Florence and Fiesole, by the Tuscan AIAPP, by the Tuscan Historic Houses Association, by the European Garden Heritage Network and by the San Rossore Park Authority of the Tuscany Region.
Ines Romitti, Alessio Guarino, Masatoshi Horii
With contributions from:
Paola Maresca, Donata Mazzini, Vincenzo Maria Mattanò, Simone Martini, Barbara Bertoli, Marilù Cantarelli, Alessandro Rocca, Giovanni Gianfrate, Rocco Gangemi, Elisabetta Colombo, Laura Bianchi, Paolo Belardi.
Special thanks to:
Alice Esclapon de Villeneuve, Antonella Berardi, Christian Gruessen, Bernardo and Vittoria Gondi, Angela Lees, Anna Porcinai, Giorgio Pozzolini, Luca Gericke, Sophie Micol Fabiani, Luisa Oliva, Cioni Alessandro Ciabattini, Vittoria Colonna, Dieter Schlenker, Caterina Borgioli, Ilaria Dini , Benedetta Isidori, Michela Fovanna, Anna Lombardi, Marco Mozzo, Amalia Corsi Continelli, Francesca Terrosi.
We have documented about 250 residences and gardens from 2021 to date, selected special places for naturalistic, historical and art itineraries. A photographic and video documentation accessible and usable on our portal. The use of new technologies allows us to create ever more faithful and engaging images, such as views from above capable of capturing in a dizzying synthesis the infinite combinations of shapes, colors and geometries, and that wonderful relationship between gardens, landscape and time.
We hope that the Going for Gardens project will become a reference platform for the study, research and promotion of gardens, the environment and the landscape.