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Near the small village of Capalbio, in Tuscany, there is a garden that takes its inspiration from the works of Gaudì: Parc Guel in Barcelona.
The Tarot Garden is adorned with splendid sculptures depicting the 22 Major Arcana of the Tarot.
This dreamlike garden was born from the imagination of the artist Niki de Saint Phalle and was created in collaboration with many contemporary artists.

In the surroundings of the charming Capalbio in Maremma is the impressive Tarot Garden built by Niki de Saint de Phalle in the second half of the last century. The Garden displays the huge and beautiful sculptures by the French artist which depicting the 22 Major Arcana of the Tarot cards.
The Garden was the result of the wish to express Niki's idea of a "small Eden where man and nature meet". She took inspiration from the beautiful Park Guell by Gaudì in Barcellona, Spain. She chose a small plot of land in the wild Maremma and located in Gravicchio just a few kilometers from Capalbio.
She created and personally built the great statues for the Garden.
The Major Arcana have a steel soul covered by concrete with mirrors, colored glass and ceramics.
She worked at this colossal work for many years, collaborating with many important contemporary artists, including Jean Tinguely who is also her husband.

The Tarot Garden (Italian: Il Giardino dei Tarocchi) is a sculpture garden based on the esoteric tarot, created by the French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930–2002) in Pescia Fiorentina, località Garavicchio, in the municipality of Capalbio, province of Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy.
The park was opened to the public in 1998.
Niki de Saint Phalle, inspired by Antoni Gaudí´s Parc Güell in Barcelona, and Parco dei Mostri in Bomarzo, as well as Palais Idéal by Ferdinand Cheval, and Watts Towers by Simon Rodia, decided to make something similar in design for her monumental sculpture park based on the Tarot. In 1979, she acquired some land on top of an Etruscan ruin in Garavicchio, Tuscany, about 100 kilometres (62 mi) north-west of Rome along the coast.
There she built the Giardino dei Tarocchi, containing twenty-two monumental figures representing her idea of the greater Mysteries of the tarot, constructed of reinforced concrete and covered with mirrors and ceramic mosaic.
The figures can be walked through; the artist lived inside the sphinx-like Empress for several months during the construction of the garden.

One of the wonders of the Tuscan hills, was built on the Garavicchio estate in Capalbio.
In 1979, the famous French sculptress Niki Saint Phalle began working on the structure. Her aim was to create a grand esoteric garden—an idea that came to her after having visited Gaudì’s Guell park in Barcelona. She began her artistic adventure, which she personally funded, in collaboration with her husband, Jean Tinguly.
The sculptures are twelve to fifteen meters high and they are made out of iron rounds of varying thickness and cement.
These cyclopic structures were built this way so that they would be anti-seismic.

An unexpected, magic world entirely enclosed by a tuff wall designed by Mario Botta that reminds us of ancient fortresses. The Tarot Garden is located in Gravicchio , just a few kilometers from Pescia Fiorentina, between Tuscany and Lazio.
Inspired by Barcelona Gaudì
The impressive Tarot Garden was built by the French American Sculptor Niki de Saint de Phalle between 1979 and 1996 and it was entirely self-financed by the same artist.
The Garden was the result of the wish to express Niki’s idea of a fantastic world.
The inspirational source of this esoteric garden has surely been the marvelous Guell Park by the architect Gaudì in Barcelona.
“Inhabitable”sculptures from mosaic, ceramic and iron
The artist has chosen the Mediterranean scrub to scatter the handmade huge sculptures, recovered with mosaics and ceramics, which represent the Tarots Arcane.
A fascinating open-air museum forming one of the largest sculpture gardens in Italy.
Together with her husband Jean Tiguely, who died a few years before the Garden was finished, the artist created metal sculptures from thin metal.
The visitor is captured by this fantastic world where all work are very different from each other and are arranged without an order.
How to get to the Tarot Garden
From Aurelia towards Rome, exit after Capalbio towards Chiarone Scalo / Pescia Fiorentina. Follow the
signs to Pescia Fiorentina and, before reaching the town, take exit Garavicchio.

Giardino dei Tarocchi 
Loc. Garavicchio, 58011 Capalbio Grosseto

Il Giardino dei Tarocchi è un parco artistico situato in località Garavicchio, nei pressi di Pescia Fiorentina, frazione comunale di Capalbio (GR) in Toscana, Italia, ideato dall'artista franco-statunitense Niki de Saint Phalle, popolato di statue ispirate alle figure degli arcani maggiori dei tarocchi.

L’esoterico giardino delle sculture di Niki de Saint Phalle ispirato al gioco dei tarocchi che si trova in Toscana, in Italia.
La realizzazione di questo giardino è cominciata alla fine degli anni settanta ed é terminata solo nel 2002, al momento della scomparsa dell’artista.
Indirizzo: Località Infernetto, Str. Garavicchio, 2, 58011 Pescia Fiorentina GR

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