The Villa Lante di Bagnaia
The lower parterre with Quadrato and the Fountain of the Moors
A feature of Italian gardens is the lack of flowers and the dominant 'chiaroscuro' effects created by sculpted trees and shrubbery. The pines and cypress from the adjacent, less formal hunting park add a contrasting backdrop.
One of two matching 'Palazzinas'
The Cardinal's Table
The Fountain of the Giants
The villa from the lower terrace
The villa from the sunny, Southern side terrace
A depiction of the original garden design
The central staircase leading up to the villa from the lower terraces, with reflecting pool on the right side
A view from under the steps leading up to the top terrace
The lower terraces of boxwood and herbs are enclosed by a long curving hedge, and framed by a double row of plane trees....with views out to the Arno valley below
Have a closer look at other gardens and places in and around Florence , including the Villa Medici di Castello, which is within walking distance of Petraia
Find out more about how Italians used WATER in their gardens!
Discover how you can use a simple WALL FOUNTAIN to enhance your garden!
Examine the historic wall fountains of the FLORENTINE SCULPTORS
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