Monday, June 11, 2012

Villa d'Esta

If you like fountains, the gardens at the Villa d'Este, in Tivoli, Italy, are a must-see.  The gardens are on the grounds of the former residence of Cardinal Ippolito d'Este.  They were built in 1572.  Today, this garden is part of the UNESCO world heritage list.








The garden is organized in terraces and steps.  Visitors will see numerous fountains, grottos, and ponds.  The Neptune fountain, pictured at the top, is the largest and most spectacular fountain.  There's also an organ fountain, which, yes, plays organ music with the sounds of the falling water.  If you'd like to hear it, the first playing is at 10:30 every day, and then it occurs every two hours.




The garden is open daily from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM.  Admission is 10 euros for adults.

4 comments:

  1. i do love fountains--i have several--and need to clean them and start using them again!

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    1. I love fountains, too, but I've found them to be a lot of work. Good luck getting yours in operational order.

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  2. These are beautiful! I love fountains also, and would love a tip on how to keep them sparkly clean.

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    1. I think I'll do a post on how to keep fountains clean, but here's an abbreviated version for you: Remove debris daily, drain and wipe down once a week and add fresh water. Clean your pump, too. If desired, you can add a non-toxic cleaner made specifically for fountains. I hope that helps.

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