Rome, Italy

Villa d’Este

The sixteenth century Villa d’Este is located in Tivoli, very close to Rome. The villa is very famous for its impressive profusion of fountains, Italian Renaissance garden and terraced hillside. The villa was owned by Alessandro d’Este and the architectural masterpiece was designed by architect Pirro Ligorio.

The Villa d’Este has long been converted into an Italian state museum and it is one of the world heritage sites of UNESCO. The garden and the palace of Villa d’Este is one of the most comprehensive and remarkable illustrations of refined Italian Renaissance culture. The innovative design of the attraction with ornamental basins, unique fountains and many other impressive sights makes it a heaven on earth.

The garden was a model and an early reference to the creation of many European gardens. The villa has lovely landscaped grottoes elegant tree-lined avenues which were originally designed since the sixteenth century. Take some time to see and admire the astonishing mannerist frescoes of the villa before you head out to the gardens. The manicured gardens feature gravity powered old extravagant fountains, lofty cypresses, shady lanes and water-spouting gargoyles. The fountain of the Organ, which was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, is one of the most vital things to look out for on the Villa d’Este. The fountain plays music with water pressure via a concealed organ.

A stroll on the avenue of hundred fountains of the villa will wow your visit. The avenue of hundred fountains is approximately 130 meters long. The villa was commissioned in 1550 by the Governor of Tivoli who was known as Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este. The piano nobile rooms of the attraction are particularly interesting. They are painted and decorated by a professional group of artists which includes Federico Zuccari and Livio Agresti.

The Fontana dell’Ovato stands to the left of the promenade. It is endowed with massive ornamentation, astonishing visual effects and the streams of water that depicts the Albuneo, Erculaneo and Aniene that flows from the Tiburtine Hills. The water from the Aniene is transported to the fountain through a canal. A lovely fountain of the Dragons stands below the 100 Fountains on the three level promenades. The fountain was said to be produced in only one night as a welcoming gift to Pope Gregory XIII. Three little reflective ponds complemented the Villa d’Este.

The garden of the Villa d’Este is defined by promenades, grand slopes, staircases and terraces and it is very accessible via a very short train ride from the center of Rome.

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