Everything About Gamberaia
History and Bibliography
Completed in the early seventeenth century by the Florentine noble Zanobi Lapi in the Tuscan style, the villa combines interesting architectural features of both an urban palazzo and suburban villa. In the eighteenth century the property belonged to the Marchesi Capponi, and by that time the house and gardens had acquired the characteristic elements seen in the famous engraving by Giuseppe Zocchi (1744): the cypress allée, bowling green, nymphaeum, grotto garden, boschi, parterre and lemon terrace.
Visiting the Gardens
Probably the most perfect example of the art of producing a great effect on a small scale... because it combines in an astonishingly small space, yet without the least sense of overcrowding, almost every typical excellence of the old Italian garden: free circulation of sunlight and air about the house; abundance of water; easy access to dense shade; sheltered walks with different points of view; variety of effect produced by the skilful use of different levels; and, finally, breadth and simplicity of composition...
Searching for an apartment for rent in Italy? Villa Gamberaia has four houses on the property which have been carefully restored and converted into comfortable guest houses. These are furnished with family antiques, yet equipped at the same time with modern appliances and conveniences: