23.8.12

Villa d'Este - Tivoli


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).

The villa…

… 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. 

24 comments:

Olivier said...

une tres belle visite, j'aime beaucoup la premiere photo avec la fontaine

Starman said...

Great post (as usual)! Imagine having to live with all that grandeur!

ohma said...

The Villa, the pictures and the music is great ( " todo maravilloso")
Thanks, merci, gracias, Peter.
Its a pleasure to be here in your blog.
Besos. :-)

amatamari© said...

Magnificent! :-)

Studio at the Farm said...

What a magnificent palace! Years ago, I visited the Pitti Palace, but this Borgia estate looks even more beautiful than the one in Florence. Thank you for the wonderful photos, Peter.

Scheherazade said...

Beautiful. Especially like the first photo.

Cezar and Léia said...

Italy filled of glamour!Very elegant palace and the garden is magnificent!
Great pictures dear Peter,
Léia

SusuPetal said...

Is that place for rent, could be a nice holiday resort :D

claude said...

Bel endroit, aussi bienà écouter les jets d'eau de Liszt.

Ola said...

OMG, beatiful there!


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hpy said...

Fabuloso.

Virginia said...

And did you have to drag the kids out of the fountains as well?? :) Great photos of a stunning place. The music was the perfect accompaniment.
V

French Girl in Seattle said...

Mon Dieu, Peter. The place visits like an Italian Versailles palace! The art! The gardens! The fountains! So grand and luxurious... J'adore. Thanks to your photos, I feel I have been there too. Merci! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Kate said...

And, who wouldn't be inspired by a place like this. In some sense it is really sensory overload, and would probably take several visits to fully explore the grandeur of this place.

Mo said...

A beautiful place and a great tour.

Thérèse said...

Quelle chance d'avoir pu visiter la villa et les jardins à l'italienne... Un lieu bien poétique. La Renaissance telle que je l'aime :-)

Sandy Allain said...

This place looks amazingly surreal! You did great in capturing the scenery. Absolutely gorgeous. How did you find this place? Can anybody visit it at anytime of the year? Do you have to have some kind of passes? Do we have to pay for them, if we do, how much?

ZielonaMila said...

Beautiful photographs, beautiful places, I like to admire such a magnificent views. I am greeting

JM said...

What a place! The painted ceilings are just gorgeous. Also love the water shots. Well done, Peter.

James said...

What a beautiful place! The frescoes are amazing!

lasiate said...

de l'eau , des jardins , de l'art et de la musique et bien sur des photos un plaisir des sens

Cergie said...

J'aimerais y être pensionnaire quelques temps... Mais c'est plus au sud que nous allons fin septembre, au bord de l'Adriatique...

arabesque said...

and to think that the Borgias was only what i've seen from tv series or the hype version of M. Puzo's book,
the villa is just stunning,
i love the painted frescoes and those details. ^0^

Simony said...

Hi Peter! It looks like you are having a great time on this trip! What an amazing place, both inside and outside the building! I wish I knew about this place when I was in Roma 2 years ago and on my way to Firenze! Next time I'm in Italy I'll have to make a stop in Tivoli! Super beautiful place and just perfect for a hot summer day. Enjoy your trip and thanks for sharing this with us!