Villa D'Este Makes National Geographic's Top Ten Most Beautiful Gardens

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 00:15

National Geographic listed the Top Ten world’s most beautiful gardens – among them is Italy’s Villa D’Este.

Located in Tivoli, near Rome, and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a fine example of Renaissance architecture and of an Italian Renaissance garden.

Here’s National Geographic description of the gardens:

“A Renaissance cardinal decided to make life in Tivoli bearable by turning a dilapidated Benedictine monastery into a lovely villa, the Villa d'Este. This was embellished by one of the most fascinating garden and fountain complexes in the world, recently listed by UNESCO as one of Italy's 31 major historical/artistic sites. Among the most bewitching of the mossy fountains are the Fontana del Bicchierone (water pours out from a large shell-shaped basin); the Rometta fountain, which is a miniature Rome complete with a wolf-suckling Romulus and Remus; and the Avenue of the Hundred Fountains, where animal heads, lilies, a small boat, basins, and so on all spurt water.”

Now you have another place on your "to see" list when visiting Rome.

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