Three weeks ago we had a look at Villa Cetinale in Sovicille near Siena from one side, here it is from the other with some of its garden doors and gates.
As we established in the first Thursday Doors post from this visit, the villa is empty – or at least it was three weeks ago when I visited – and is waiting just for you to rent it. You could play hide and seek for a month and still not discover everything these gardens have to offer.
The villa is bolted shut and we didn’t get to tour the interior, except for a little room in one of the adjacent buildings as you will see at the end of the post. Its doors and shutters are all dark green, and the theme continues throughout the gardens.
I wish I had more time for them because it would have been hard to get me out of there if I hadn’t had two more garden tours booked that morning. I might have even climbed that surprisingly tall Santa scala (Holy Stair) in the back of the garden, just not on my knees every day, as a sinful cardinal was ordered to do by the Pope. Read more about its history and see its interiors on the Villa’s website.
I will probably do another non-door post from here with just the garden photos, two of which you could already see in My green post.
While the front of the villa was sunnier and more impeccable, now welcome to the dark side.
This day in my blogging history
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