Giardino dei Tarocchi Scultura

Sculpture in Bassa Maremma

Twenty-two oversized Gaudí-influenced sculptures tumble down a hillside at this fantastical sculpture garden created by Franco-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930–2002). The whimsical, mosaic-covered creations merge with the surrounding park, creating what the artist called a 'garden of joy'. It’s a colossal effort that depicts characters from the tarot card pack (think the Moon, Fool and Justice) and even includes a sculpture lived in by De Saint Phalle while the garden was being built.

Sculptor Jean Tinguely contributed to many of the figures, and the visitor centre was designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta. The sculpture garden is 25km east of Orbetello; take the Pescia Fiorentina exit from the SS1.