The place of dreams: the Tarot Garden
Discover the Tarot Garden, an artistic park in Tuscany created and designed by French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle. It is populated with statues inspired by the figures of the major arcana tarots and situated in Capalbio a charming little historical village in south Tuscany.
- amazing tuscan landscape
- unique and bizarre statues
- unbelieveble contemporary park
- inspired by Gaudi’s Parque Guell in Barcelona
- Capalbio ancient city centre
The best way to describe the Tarot Garden is to use the words of its creator Niki de Saint Phalle: ” The Tarot Garden is not just my garden. It is also the garden of all those who have helped me to make it. I am the architet of the garden. I impose my vision because I could not do otherwise. This garden was made with difficulties, love, wild enthusiasm, obsession and most of all faith. Nothing could have stopped me. As in all fairy tales, before finding the treasure, I met on my path dragons, witches, magicians and the angel of Temperance“. The project starts in 1979 and it will be subjected to change several times during the realization. The construction ends in 1996. The sculptures in the park represent minor and major arcane of the tarot deck. Creations are a blaze of colours : glass dowels, mirrors and ceramics cover the sculptures in which you can come in, go up and cross.
Guided tours of the interior are prohibited, again at Nikki’s behest, so that each tourist can imagine for themselves the representation and symbolism behind the sculptures. The similarity with the more famous Parc Güell in Barcelona is striking, the only difference consists in this case the 22 sculptures that make up the Garden are inspired by the figures of the Tarot tradition, with mystical and esoteric significance. You will be picked up from Civitavecchia harbor in an air-conditioned car/van and after 35 min arrive to Capalbio where you can admire and visit the beautiful city center before visit the Tarot garden.
Availability: from April to October
Days of Operation: daily
Duration: 7,5 hours
Tour starts: 08.45 AM
Meeting point: Largo della Pace. TERMINAL CRUISE SHUTTLE BUS. It is the meeting point and last stop of the port free shuttle bus (that picks up you from the boat). From the shuttle-bus drop off area you have to exit from the port and we wait for you just outside of the exit holding a sign with your name on it”
Pick-up and drop off: Terminal Cruise Shuttle bus – Largo della Pace, Civitavecchia. We offer pickup service from all accommodation facilities located in the city center. Hotels, B&B’s and apartments. Please include, in your reservation, the accommodation name and its address. The time will be at 07.30 AM approxmatively, due to the traffic conditions you could wait 5 – 10 minutes more
Additional services on request: stop in Necropoli in Tarquinia UNESCO heritage site.
We suggest to wear comfortable shoes and remember that is not permitted to visit churches in shorts, miniskirts or uncovered shoulders. The tour can be changed without notice due to weather and traffic. You can start the tour directly from the meeting point. Visitors could be asked an ID/Passport for security reasons, please make sure you have a valid one with you
Cancellation Policy: Cancel up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund