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The place of dreams: the Tarot Garden and Capalbio Tour

The place of dreams: the Tarot Garden and Capalbio Tour

From US$ 210.82 per person

Discover 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.

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Duration 7.5 hours
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English, French, German, Hungarian, Portuguese, Spanish
Pickup included
Pickup service from Civitavecchia area and Civitavecchia port • Pickup from Civitavecchia area: please include in your reservation the accommodation name and its address. Pickup time will be approximately 08.50 AM, although due to the traffic conditions, you may have to wait 5–10 minutes more • Pickup from Civitavecchia Port: 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, exit from the port; we'll wait for you just outside the exit holding a sign with your name on it at 08.45 AM.
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit Gardens inspired by Gaudi's Parque Guell in Barcelona
  • See unique and bizarre statues
  • Discover an unbelieveble contemporary park
  • Admire wonderful Tuscan landscapes; Capalbio ancient city center
  • Enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch
Full description
The tour start from Civitavecchia port/area. You will drive north with your English-speaking driver, through the beautiful landscape of Tuscany and Lazio. After about a 40 minute’s drive, you will arrive at Capalbio where you will take a look into the city center and discover the delights of Capalbio’s beautiful, from the picturesque Piazza Magenta to the walk around the top of the ancient city wall that defended the old village. A breathtaking panoramic view of the sea and surrounding countryside awaits you. Around 12 am, we have a delicious tasting with typical Tuscan specialities, and then you will ready to go to the Tarots Garden. The best way to describe it, 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 architect 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 colors : 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 constitute 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
Includes
  • Pickup and drop-off from Civitavecchia port
  • round trip transfer
  • ticket Entrance fee to the Tarot garden
  • English-speaking driver
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Please carry a valid ID in the case of security checks
  • You are not permitted to visit churches wearing shorts, miniskirts, or tops that do not cover your shoulders
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat and an umbrella
  • Please note that the tour is subject to weather and traffic conditions
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We were met right on time at the port entrance by our guide Sandro, who was very friendly and spoke wonderful English. He took us to the hilltop ancient town of Tarquinia, where we visited an Etruscan museum and the city hall, and then he did a slight detour to show us the area around Porto Ercole, before taking us to the hilltop town of Capalbio, where he found us a restaurant for bistecca fiorentina (our first - so delicious). We then went to the Tarot Garden of Niki de Saint Phalle, which is amazing in its collection of giant, whimsical mosaic sculptures, some of which are as big as a house! We had a great day and would happily tour with him again. Very pleased with our experience.

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May 29, 2022

So pleased we took this tour. Capalbio is a little gem of a place - authentic Tuscan walled town and not inhabited by herds of tourists- just beautiful ancient buildings and Tuscan hills. A very special 3 course lunch included at a place the locals go- Then afternoon at the magical Tarot gardens. So worth a visit - kids would love it - even grown up ones - for a place that has soul and mystery and surprises and beauty . Our guides Andreas and Maria were so informative and very good company. A perfect day out in Tuscany and not exhausting like the big cities.

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May 6, 2022

Great Tour

Andrea is a top notch guide. We saw all there is to see in Tarquinius including the necropolis site, the museum and climbed the city wall for great views. Had a great tasting (and very filling) lunch (included), then went to the fabulous Tarot park——a must see. Why bother to go to overcrowded and overpriced Rome when you can do this itinerary with a private guide. Next time your cruise ship stops in Civitavechia, do this. You’ll have a great time and wonderful memories.

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April 12, 2019

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