Villa d’Este


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Today we are going to Muse about the Villa d’Este in Tivoli, Italy.  If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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Villa d’Este

For the past few weeks I have written about our trip from Venice to Croatia, Greece, Turkey and back to Italy.  The cruise had now come to an end.  Rather than return home directly our friends and Jeanette and I stayed over two nights in Rome.

Arriving in Tivoli

Arriving in Tivoli

We took the occasion to visit the Villa d’Este in the town of Tivoli.  The villa is elaborately decorated with murals and trumpe d’oeil and it is very large.

 murals

murals

more murals

more murals

 Music room

Music room

Today the villa is a museum but it was originally a palace that was redesigned as a residence by Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este, grandson of Pope Alexander VI.  It is impressive.

Gardens of the Villa d'Este

Gardens of the Villa d’Este

But most impressive are the gardens and the fountains within them.  The fountains are all gravity fed.  When the garden was designed, the river Aniene was partly diverted through the town, a distance of a kilometer.  It is this river that feeds the system of fountains.

The gardens are built on a sloping hillside some of it quite steep.  Here you can see out over part of the garden

View over a portion of the garden

View over a portion of the garden

and here is one of the pathways down into the garden.

Looking down into the garden

Looking down into the garden

Moving water is the feature that unites the various parts of this living composition.

 One of many water works

One of many water works

 smaller fountain

smaller fountain

Fountains and pools are numerous.  In some places the water shoots upward twenty or thirty feet.  This is a closeup of one fountain.

close up of fountain

close up of fountain

The people give you a reference to gauge its’ size.

Here is the full fountain.

central fountain

central fountain

Around the garden there are architectural accents like this grotto

Grotto

Grotto

and there is a good use of open space as seen here.

View across water pond

View across water pond

It is a fabulous place.

After the gardens it was off to lunch!   We ate on a terrace overlooking the river and the older part of Tivoli.  Here is the view.

view from our restaurant

view from our restaurant

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Professional artist: painter, sculptor, print maker. Maintains a studio in West Palm Beach, Florida
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