The Old Gardens of Italy; How to Visit Them

The Old Gardens of Italy; How to Visit Them

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...Colonna in the seventeenth century. This little garden has much charm. The present entrance is through the gardener's house, but the fine double stairway on the outer side still remains, though the walk within is choked with undergrowth. An orange garden with flower beds radiating from a circular pool in the centre occupies one half of the flat ground on the top of the hill, the other half, beyond the viale, which runs from the entrance gate, being bosco. On the same level as the orange garden and separated from it by a clipped hedge is a terrace overlooking the city. A pretty chateau d'eau descends from the terrace beneath, nearly to the level of the first floor of the palace, but is screened from it by a hedge and divided by a stretch of turf where formerly there were parterres. The ground made it difficult to design a good garden plan, and rendered it impossible for the water scheme to be placed, as is usual, opposite to the centre of the palace. This defect, as it was considered, was therefore hidden by trees. Between the palace and the garden runs a narrow street crossed by stone bridges from the upper part of the house to the grounds. VILLA OF THE KNIGHTS OF MALTA, ROME. The church of the order, Santa Maria Aventina, also called Del Prlorato, is within the grounds. Visitors ring at No. 40 in the small piazza at the top of the Via di Santa Sabina, decorated with obelisks and coats of arms of the order. The garden is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. till dusk. The entrance door contains a brass-bound keyhole, through which is the famous view of St. Peter's along a clipped male. It is thought that Piranesi, who restored the chapel in 1765, also laid out the gardens. Though small, they are worth a visit, for they were more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123657463X
  • 9781236574633