Rome Day Four Part Two: VILLA D’ESTE, ITS AMAZING GARDENS AND FOUNTAINS

Villa d’Este was commissioned by Cardinal Ippolito II, son of Lucrezia Borgia, in 1550. (At that time in the church’s history, the hierarchy was more of a dynasty with great wealth and political power as well as religious authority. [We saw amazing examples of the church’s wealth and political power in medieval German villages during our river cruise through that region last fall] Ranks like Cardinal were inherited, and the crown of the Pope was usually handed down to family.)

Villa d’Este is located in Tivoli, not too far from Rome. With its terraced gardens and fountains, and opulent interior, it is a great example of the wealth of the church in medieval Italy.

Just one one of the painted ceilings inside the villa

Looking down at the five garden terraces

One of several ornate fountains that are not presently operating; it’s interesting to note that when this garden was designed and built, gravity was what made the fountains function.

The most fabulous fountain–actually designed to “play” music, like a water organ

Sitting near yet another beautiful fountain–note the beautiful statue at the top of it

Finally, a view of the valley from the top of the garden

It sprinkled a bit as we drove back to Rome, and we had a lovely sunset. Little did we know that during the night the sky would explode with a thunder and lightning storm that I have not experienced since I lived in Massachusetts.

A beautiful sunset that lit up St. Peter’s and its surroundings in glorious color

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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