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“Overated”

Palazzo Giardino Giusti
Reviewed July 23, 2013

The writeups for these gardens in the guide books tend to make it seem well worth the walk from the centre of Verona and the payment of a 6Euro entry fee (which is not coverd by the Verona Card). Our experience was that the gardens, at best, would be pretty average, and the fact that there were several parts closed off, and very few seats that we could find, made it less good than average. A look through the entry gates would be fine if you happened to be passing, but iot needs to be better presented to make it worth a trek out from the centre in hot weather.

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

We went to Giardini Giusti on a cloudy day in July so not as hot as it can get during the day in July in Verona. I think there would be lovely cool spots and the pergola at the top caught the breeze, although there was no bench to sit on under the canopy. There was a lot closed off for renovations and although the leaflet mentioned a grotto we couldn't find it or it was one of the locked areas.
We did feel that, although the price of 7 euros must include a contribution for renovations, it was a little steep for a small garden and the guide leaflet left more questions than answers. There were a few people who saw the price and went away again. Were the little ovens next to the fruit trees to keep off the frost in winter?
Make sure you put insect repellant on, as we were bitten several times!

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Reviewed July 14, 2013

We went without any particular expectations, and found a gem. In the formal parterres near the palazzo with their Roman-style statuary, divided from the woodland and garden labyrinth by a stately alley of cypresses, we admired the plaque quoting Goethe's Italian Journey and his breathless impression, before slowly ascending by paths and stairs to the belvedere with its vista of Verona's rooftops, accompanied by a near-deafening army of cicadas in the dusty heat.

We enjoyed the sense of history and connection to the Renaissance: this is an exemplar that must have served as inspiration for many other formal gardens, within and without Italy. As with most (historical) Italian gardens, you should not expect a great number of flowering plants: that's for cooler climes or modern irrigation.

Bringing a picnic to share while admiring the view and the cicadas at the top end is highly recommended, There aren't a lot of benches, and many visitors like to linger for quite a while, but the grass slopes are seats enough.

1  Thank Pontus G
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

It's green and that was nice on a hot day, but not worth the steep entry fee. The garden is badly maintained and the best impression is easily viewed from the entrance. A real pity.

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Reviewed July 2, 2013

A great place to visit to take time out from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist area.
Its about an hours worth of visit to do the gardens. Longer if you take a lunch and book etc and sit and enjoy the view.
We didn't think to do that and wish we had.
Its 7 euros each to get in. Its probably worth that if you take lunch and relax there for a little while.

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