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Many consider the Villa d'Este in Tivoli to be Italy's finest Renaissance-era garden. Its terraced, shade-tree landscape is dotted with over 500 fountains.
Which is better, the
gardens or palace?
Allocate nearly all your time exploring the gardens (the fresco-decorated palace pales by comparison).
Water creates musical notes as it gushes through special pipes.
They line a long path.
Beautifully designed and strategically located.
Produces a water-theatre performance.
Jets a water column high into the air.
Villa d'Este was built for Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este in the mid 1500s. It then slowly deteriorated through neglect and plundering. Restoration began in the 1800s and is all but completed today.
Location in Italy