Villa Garzoni


  We discovered Villa Garzoni on my last official day in Italy. Looking for a spot to have lunch, we took a drive from our hotel in Lucca to the nearby town of Collodi. Parked underneath a 10-foot tall wire Pinocchio (dreamed up by Carlo Collodi) and ventured across the street to a gorgeous upscale restaurant serving late guests. This Baroque garden features a plush green landscape, filled with fountains and statues, in a breathtaking geometric tapestry. My favorite accidental find in Italy!