Now and then leaving our holiday residence (see previous post), one of the places we visited was Tivoli and the famous Villa d’Este with its gardens. (There is a lot more to see in and around Tivoli, but we arrived rather late in the afternoon - not easy to get the kids out of the swimming-pool.)
The Villa d’Este was created during the second half of the 16th century by the son of the famous Lucrezia Borgia (and grandson of Pope Alexander VI).
… has some fantastic frescoes …
… from where you can overlook the splendid gardens. The design of the garden, on a heavy slope, and the hydraulic installations (actually somehow copied from what the Romans did several centuries earlier) inspired for long many garden architects all over Europe.
Apart from the fantastic beauty of the place, the fresh water appearing all over is perfectly welcome a sunny and hot Italian summer day.
After having been neglected for a while, but restored during the 19th century and finally taken over and further restored by the Italian State in 1920, the villa and the garden are now listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and have been celebrated by poets, painters and musicians, including by Franz Liszt, who was a frequent guest and wrote “Les Jeux d’Eau à la Villa d’Este”, here interpreted by George Cziffra.