Capalbio and the Tarot Garden
13 March 2020

Capalbio is a beautiful village in the south of Tuscany, which stands on a hill covered by the typical Maremma scrub. The village, founded as the castle of the Three Fountains of Rome (8th century), in the medieval period was owned by the Aldobrandeschi family. Subsequently, it passed to the Orsini Counts, and in 1416 it was annexed to the Sienese Republic. Strolling around Capalbio today means discovering a village that, despite the ups and downs, has been able to preserve its ancient medieval structure substantially intact. Beautiful stroll along the route of the walls, on which you can walk along the whole length of the ancient patrol path, from which you can enjoy an open and picturesque panorama over the surrounding countryside.

The Tarot Garden is an artistic park located in Garavicchio, near Pescia Fiorentina, a municipal hamlet of Capalbio (GR) in Tuscany, Italy, conceived by the French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle, populated with statues inspired by the figures of the major arcana of the tarot. Identifying in the Garden as the magical and spiritual dream of her life, Niki de Saint Phalle dedicated herself to the construction of the twenty-two imposing steel and concrete figures covered with glass, mirrors and coloured ceramics, for more than seventeen years, flanked not only by several skilled workers but also by a team of famous names in contemporary art such as Rico Weber, Sepp Imhof, Paul Wiedmer, Dok van Winsen, Pierre Marie and Isabelle Le Jeune, Alan Davie, Marino Karella and above all her husband Jean Tinguely, who died in 1991, who created the metal structures of the enormous sculptures and integrated some of them with his mécaniques, self-propelled assemblies of mechanical iron elements.