Garden of the High Renaissance.
The Villa d’Este is situated 30 kilometres east north of Rome in the lush, picturesque and historical hilltop town of Tivoli, in the Lazio region of Italy.
Renowned for its spectacular use of water, the Villa d’Este represents the quintessence of the Italian garden of the late High Renaissance and has elements of the mannerist and baroque architectural styles.
Converted from a Benedictine monastery into a sumptuous palace around 1550, the much-copied Villa d’Este is a masterpiece of Italian Garden.
The Villa d’Este is one of the most significant and complex examples of Renaissance water gardens in Europe.
Visually stimulating, spectacular and theatrical, the Villa d’Este has been a tremendous influence on European garden design.
Its grounds, which have varying elevations, are replete with greenery, sculpture and statuary and a myriad of imaginative fountains, grottoes and water features.
Tivoli and the Villa d’Este is a very rewarding and relatively easy and relaxed day trip from Rome. Whenever I travel there, I usually take the train, which takes about 1 hour from Rome.
The Villa d’Este is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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