These monsters with their strange, distorted faces (very Mannerist) are called Mostaccini, perhaps in reference to their strange moustaches. Imagine water slowly running down this fountain and there you have it- a drinking trough to lure birds in- who would later be hunted by our Medici Dukes and their guests.
The end of the Cypress Lane brings you to the Island Pond (Vasca dell’Isola). The pond itself is made up of a large oval basin with a small island in the center. Surrounding the area is holm oak with various sculptures from the 17th century depicting peasants or hunters, according to the aesthetic sense of the time and the bucolic nature of the garden.
Access to the pond is through two gates upheld by marble Capricorns (symbolising Cosimo I de’ Medici).
In the middle is a statue of the God Ocean. Surrounding Ocean are potted citrus trees which were so special to the Medicis. This family was the first to collect citrus fruit in potted vases, as they do not normally grow in Tuscany (the winters are too cold). So the plants were considered extravagant and exotic. The citrus plants were moved inside in the colder months, into special buildings built for this purpose called a “limonaia”.