This idyllic Italian 16th-century garden; the Villa d'Este has become a UNESCO world heritage site. Having its impressive number of fountains, nymphs, grottoes, plays of water, and music, it is really a much-copied model for European gardens in the mannerist and baroque styles. To create your stay in Rome much more fantastic, you need to go to the Villa d'Este, certainly one of Tivoli's two breath taking villas. Rome apartments and Rome hotels are abundant in Rome and you just catch the train from the Roma-Pescara Line, Stazione Tivoli. affitto appartamento roma privato
The annals of the villa is just a long one, beginning with Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este (1509-1572) who became the Governor of Tivoli and took over the Governor's palace, positioned in a former Benedictine monastery, which he asked Pirro Ligorio to remodel to his taste. The chief painter of the ambitious internal decoration was Livio Agresti from Forl and it had been he that created the lavishly frescoed reception rooms. From 1550 until his death in 1572, when the villa was nearing completion, Cardinal d'Este created a palatial setting across the villa made to impress his guests. Surrounded by way of a spectacular terraced garden in the late-Renaissance mannerist style, the garden took full benefit of the dramatic slope but required innovations in bringing a sufficient water supply, that was employed in cascades, water tanks, troughs and pools, water jets and fountains, giochi d'acqua. To create ample space for the gardens a complete part of town needed to be demolished, many inhabitants being forced to offer or face expropriation.
The villa itself is magnificent, the central main entrance leads to the Appartamento Vecchio, the "Old Apartment" created for Ippolito d'Este, using its vaulted ceilings frescoed in scenes by Livio Agresti and his students, predicated on the grand Sala, using its spectacular view down the key axis of the gardens, which fall away in a series of terraces. To the left and right are suites of rooms, that on the left containing Cardinal Ippolito's's library and his bedchamber with the chapel beyond, and the private stairs to the reduced apartment, the Appartamento Nobile, gives directly onto Pirro Ligorio's Gran Loggia. affitto appartamento roma centocelle
You can find so many fountains in the gardens that the sounds of water reverberate in most corner and it had been this that inspired the Romantic composer Franz Liszt to write a piano suite entitled "Fountains of the Villa d'Este." The gardens are opening during the summertime but you will find it too difficult to see them at every other time of year. Staying in the buzzing centre of Rome, in superb Rome accommodation is a brilliant way to take pleasure from your break in Rome and you may be at the Villa d'Este for opening at 8.30am if you're quick! The gardens close one hour before sunset.