Since the 1500s the garden has been a selected destination for many cultured visitors, writers and rulers. Its appeal was due to the peculiar approach used in arranging the woody section of the garden with caves and grottos, grotesque masks, a gorge, a chapel, as well as to the presence of Roman finds that attracted the lovers of classical culture, which was very fashionable at that time.
Garden connoisseurs included Goethe, who wrote a long piece on the “cypress still living today” in his “Italienische Reise”.
Many famous people were hosted by the Giusti family over the Grand Tour centuries: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in his journey to Italy in 1769; Charles Felix of Sardinia was called in Verona by the Emperor of Austria Francis I of Habsburg in 1822 for the Congress of Verona where all the European rulers met.
The Tsar Alexander I of Russia visited the garden in private and, most recently, the Queen Mother of England did.
In 1800, John Ruskin visited it many times, as it was considered as one of the most beautiful garden by Sir George Sitwell.
The great French choreographer Maurice Denis (1870-1943) painted the garden in 1906 as a background for his works on Psyche, still preserved at the Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg.