The gardens of Palazzo Vai are once again as harmonious as they had been from the mid-1400s until World War II, when their function was put to practical use, before completely changing use and becoming a parking lot.
That was how Monash University found it when it entered Palazzo Vai in 2001. The Australian university thought to bring back to its original nature that external part of the Palace, built entirely in Extradura Stone, and, after having asked and obtained the green light from the Superintendence, was able to carry on the works to realize the project.
In one year the fountain, the paths, the seats, the magnolia trees, the boxwood hedges and the lemon trees have returned to their original splendor. Calamina Urbano supplied the Extradura di Firenzuola stone with sandblasted finish used for this important restoration work.