Pictures of Villa d'Este Tivoli, Photos Images & Fotos { 140 images } Created 5 Sep 2009

Pictures, photo & images of Villa d'Este, Tivoli gardens. A Unesco World Heritage Site. When Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este did not become Pope in 1550 it may have been his loss but was definitely our gain. Appointed as Governor of Tivoli Ippolito immersed himself in a project that created a palatial setting surrounded by a spectacular terraced garden in the late-Renaissance mannerist style, which guaranteed a place in history that the Pope he lost to, Alexander VI, will never have. The grand scale of Villa d'Este id breathtaking and carries the ambitions that you would expect from the son of the infamous Lucrezia Borgia and less well known Alfonso I d'Este. The house & Garden plans of Pirro Ligorio carried out under the direction of the Ferrarese architect-engineer Alberto Galvani, court architect of the Este, employed cascades, water tanks, troughs and pools, water jets and fountains, giochi d'acqua. The result is one of the series of great 17th century villas with water-play structures in the hills surrounding the Roman Campagna, such as the Villa Lante, the Villa Farnese at Caprarola and the Villas Aldobrandini and Torlonia in Frascati. Thousands of jets of water fill the garden and one great Baroque fountain houses an Organ powered by water hydraulics. The gardens are an overdose for fountain enthusiasts and a triumph of hydraulic engineering and landscape gardening.

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