About an hour outside of Rome is a beautiful area called Tivoli. And within it there are three grand villas. This one is Villa d’Este and it’s indeed amazing. Built in the seventeenth century, it was commissioned by Cardinal Ippolito d’Este, grandson of Pope Alexander VI. The story goes that he tried and failed to become a Pope himself but went on to become governor–and create a villa and garden worthy of “one of the wealthiest ecclesiastics of the sixteenth century”. But it’s not just another castle.
The gardens are a phenomenon, just when you think you’ve seen the most beautiful fountain, there’s another to take your breath away. Go Europe phrases is perfectly saying, “The garden, like many other forms of art, is designed in a way to encourage exploration, stimulate imagination, and elicit surprise. It will.”
Mansion, castle, villa. Call it what you like but it must have been a delight to live in one of these homes. Especially when the gardens look like this–and someone else is doing the work.
And Phoebe was there too.