Read more about the article Gardens Near and Far episode 42 – Sacro Bosco
Gardens Near and Far episode 42 – Sacro Bosco

Gardens Near and Far episode 42 – Sacro Bosco

Gardens Near and Far episode 42 – Sacro Bosco:  The Sacred Grove, a mysterious garden to the North East of Rome, was created in the 1550s by Vicino Orsini, Lord of Bomarzo, who worked on beautifying it until his death in 1584.     He drew inspiration from the Etruscan civilisation but in a style that was closer to Mannerism, a trend at the end of the Italian Renaissance that refused the traditional rules of harmony and imitation of nature.…

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Gardens Near and Far episode 23 – Ninfa

Gardens Near and Far episode 23 – Ninfa : By the twelfth century, the ancient settlement of Ninfa had become a sizeable town with a castle. The noble Caetani family were granted the fiefdom. But the town's population was decimated by civil wars in the fourteenth century, then driven out by malaria.     Ninfa lay abandoned until the twentieth century, when three generations of Caetani women - Ada, Marguerite and Lelia - became fascinated with it and made a…

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Read more about the article Gardens Near and Far episode 22 – Villa d’Este
Villa d’Este

Gardens Near and Far episode 22 – Villa d’Este

Gardens Near and Far episode 22 – Villa d’Este: The Villa d’Este near Rome in Italy was a model for all Renaissance gardens that followed.     Created in the 16th century by Cardinal Hippolyte d’Este, who was descended from a wealthy family in Ferrare, the gardens are set on a hill overlooking a villa. Work on creating the gardens started in 1550, and continued for over 20 years. In the 19th century, they underwent long periods of abandon, but…

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Read more about the article Monty Don’s Italian Gardens [4 parts]
Monty Don's Italian Gardens

Monty Don’s Italian Gardens [4 parts]

In "Monty Don's Italian Gardens", Monty conducts his personal 'grand garden tour' around Italy, including the retreats of the affluent north and horticultural gems of the south.   Monty Don's Italian Gardens - Rome part 1     M. Don takes a grand tour around Italy's magnificent gardens, from the luxurious retreats of the moneyed North to the lavish hideaways of the romantic South. Monty begins his journey in Rome, powerbase of emperors and popes, to explore gardens that are…

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