Gardens of Torrecchia Vecchia
In 1991 Prince Carlo Caracciolo and his wife Violante Visconti hired the famous architect Gae Aulenti to convert the ancient 17th century barn into a sober and elegant villa.
The well-known painter Tullio Pericoli was also part of the project. The jewel enclosed within the estate walls is without a doubt the five acre romantic garden. Initially designed by Lauro Marchetti, curator of the gardens of Ninfa, and was later developed and maintained by the famous English landscape designer Dan Pearson.
Cascades of gunnera, arums, irises, water lilies and pomegranates add to this romantic staging.
In 1999, Dan Pearson's pupil, Stuart Barfoot was hired to continue to work with the same sensitivity and respect for the natural setting while extending its palette to include purple.
Pure freedom seems to be the philosophy behind this “sauvage-soigné” garden , in its palette of green and white enhanced with touches of blue and pink. Here is the art of subtle gardening where the human hand erect imperceptibly to maintain a feeling of wild nature.
Flowers of pure white are provided by the wisteria "Floribunda”, hydrangeas, jasmine, "Sally Holmes", "Iceberg", and "Alfred Carrière" roses, foxgloves, japanese anemones, columbines and annuals for the flowerbeds.
Since 2013, Angelo Mariani and Angelo Alessandroni, both trained by Stuart Barfoot, have taken care of the garden's maintenance pursuant to its original scheme.
We are currently working on the renovation of the chapel of Santa Maria di Torrecchia in order to integrate it into the English garden.
We would be delighted to show you the wonders of our magnificent garden.