If you love beauty, Italy and gardens, then this is the place for you. Villa Gamberaia is one of the most fabulous places/gardens in the world - and I have seen many. Take a break from the city and see what the fortunate saw. You will be astounded by its georgousness and serenity, as few people make it to this place. (You have to take a 20 minute bus from nearby David or a $15 cab ride.) The big house - the Villa - is a wonderful Tuscan manor and although it isnt open for tours, the gardens are so beautiful that you won't care. I spent at least two hours strolling around, enjoying this masterpiece and returned the next day for a second look. It was that great. There were wonderful walls of Italian cypresses, giant terracotta pots with humongous lemon trees and the most picturesque views of the Tuscan hillsides, filled with olive groves. And you feel as though you own the place because hardly anyone else is there. I have been many times since and my recommendation is to visit in the morning or even better in the evening so that you can enjoy the spectacular view of Florence as the sun is setting. After they close up, go to the nearby village, Settignano, and enjoy a terrific meal at either of the two fantastic restaurants. Believe me, you will remember this experience as one of your favorite in Italy. They even have places to stay, but that is another review. Go! You must see Villa Gamberaia!
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