Let’s go to Tivoli, near Rome and we find Villa D’Este
Do not be fooled by the name, is not a “villa” as we usually think. It is a magic place.
We can define it an infinite garden, studded with fountains and monuments. You can walk through paths and several palaces, decorated with precious frescoes and unique sculptures.
Villa d’Este was built for the son of Lucrezia Borgia, Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este, in 1550. When he arrived to Tivoli, the official residence assigned to him (the ancient monastery of the church of Santa Maria Maggiore) did not satisfied him…It is f or that reason that he decide to give us this wonderful place, the design of which is traditionally attributed to Pirro Ligorio .
It is one of the most remarkable example of Renaissance culture.
The plan of the villa is innovative and irregular in design because the architect was obliged to respect the layout of the previous monastic building, a Benedictine convent, on which the villa was built. Getting lost through the various paths.
It is so incredible for the amazing features fountains scattered along the way. The Cento Fontane will amaze you as the gargoyles that poured water and which inspired writers like D’Annunzio …They are real attractions, which will surprise you…
The Fontana dell’Organo is very impressive; a particular hydraulic system allows an organ playing four Reinassance tunes automatically.
It happens the same with Fontana della Civetta, where can hear the bronze bird peeping.
…The reflections of sky and plants will confound you in the Peschiere…
…While Fontana Rometta and Fontana Nettuno will remember you the ancient time of Myths.