. First edition Terme di Chianciano Garden Festival
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Welcome to the First Edition of the Terme di Chianciano Garden Festival.
This innovative event promotes cutting edge garden design in Italy looking at landscape architecture through the lens of contemporary art. The Festival, a three month-long show, is hosted in the Acqua Santa park, the main thermal park of the city.
The ethos of the event, drawing inspiration from the cultural and historical local traditions, builds on the care for the environment as well as on the major contribution made by the nature to improving health and well-being.
The aim of the festival is to build awareness on the importance of gardens and foster their beneficial contribution to enhance the quality of our lives.
Eight shortlisted themed gardens, that have been selected through an international open call, will be on show on the grounds of the park between June 20th and September 25th 2015, offering the visitors a unique opportunity to discover extraordinary green creations and unusual design solutions.
The proposed theme of the competition "The contradictory feeling of excitement and peace in the garden" has been explored by the designers through original and provocative garden and contemporary art creations, stimulating discordant sensations of vitality and peace, passion and calm, exuberance and tranquility. Likewise, the thermal springs are a place of contrasting forces, enclosing the vigour of the heated magma from the earth’s depths and generating the pleasant and enjoyable effect of the thermal baths, so rebalancing for our vital energies. The Festival is sponsored by Margheriti Piante, the largest nursery in southern Tuscany.

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The gardens on show investigate the proposed theme through the creation of enticing atmospheres, stimulating the visitor’s emotional engagement. The audience is encouraged to interpret the stories and the messages conveyed by the designs, that are conceived as inspiring communication medium and built in order to suggest a wealth of meanings and abstract concepts.
The visit to the gardens gives the public the opportunity to experience a wide variety of design solutions, ranging from the minimalist and conceptual gardens, redefining the boundaries of the garden styles, to the traditional ones creating a well-defined and beautiful outdoor space, through to the avant-garde ones, blending landscape and contemporary art.
The jury of the first edition of the Festival has comprised a panel of professionals of landscape architecture and garden design who have awarded the following prizes:
"Terme di Chianciano" award to “Il Giardino delle Naiadi” as Best-in-show garden
"Città di Chianciano Terme" award to the project standing out for a specific merit, that has been conferred ex-aequo to “Il Giardino di Leonia” and to Linea d’acqua”.
The motivation for the first ex-aequo is the consistence and the power of the concept expressed by he design; the reason for the second ex-aequo is the balanced composition of plants and materials.
The "Acqua Santa – Visitor’s choice Award" has been awarded to "Acqua senz’Acqua" as the result of the audience’s votes during the three-month event.

A ninth hors concours garden will be displayed at the entrance of the Park as a special project, sponsored by Federalberghi di Chianciano Terme.

Creative gardens are green spaces designed and built to represent an idea, physically incorporating an abstract concept that the designer wishes to represent. Therefore, they don't suggest just beautiful and functional design solutions, but they convey a message. Gardens are no longer comforting retreats from the outside world, on the contrary they are outposts from where to make a plea, or landscapes defined by proper languages and very precise significance. It’s up to the visitor to catch it and interpret it.

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Terme di Chianciano Spa, a thermal company committed to excellence in wellness and health care, launched this First Edition of the Festival, to promote the city of Chianciano Terme not only as a historic destination for the thermal tourism, but also as a privileged place for the development of the design, the creativity and the landscape culture.

Chianciano Terme, located between the fertile Val di Chiana and Val d'Orcia Valleys, the latter boasting the Unesco World Heritage status, is one of the finest health resorts in Europe. The city has been renowned for its thermal baths and waters rich in healing elements since its foundation in the 5th century BC, during the height of the Etruscan times. The ancient age bath legacy has underpinned the historical and social development of the archetypal Tuscan hill-top town, whose heritage is also characterized by its distinctive landscape and green areas, the archaeological museum and the Etruscan remains.

Terme di Chianciano Spa, Via delle Rose 12, 53042 Chianciano Terme (SI)
email: festival@termechianciano.it
Tel: +39 0578 68256 – 0578 68358
Mob : + 39 334 625043
Fax: +39 0578 60622
Festival Artistic Direction:
Simona Cavaliere
Ludovica Ginanneschi

Award Jury
Carlo Contesso
Alberto Giuntoli
Helen Nonini
Benedetta Origo

Terme di Chianciano Garden Festival
Henri Matisse, La danza, 1910

...five nude figures dancing in a lively and harmonious twirl. The position of the bodies and their expressiveness connected in an energizing balance and exuberant proportion...


The Acqua Santa Park is open for the visit to the gardens every day from 11.30 to 19.30.
Adults: 4 euros / Free under 18

The visitors to the guided tours to the amazing garden of Villa La Foce, who will show the ticket to the Garden Festival, will be given a 10% discount on the ticket price.

Chianciano Terme is located in the heart of Tuscany and it is easy to reach by car, train or plane.

Motorway A1: Chiusi-Chianciano Terme exit
Distance from:
Florence 120 km / Milan 425 km / Rome 170 km / Siena 86 km

Railway Station: Chiusi – Chianciano Terme (17 Km).

Closest Airports:
San Francesco d’Assisi – Perugia / Peretola – Firenze /Galileo Galilei – Pisa /Ciampino – Roma / Fiumicino - Roma


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